I traveled to Israel one year when it was relatively peaceful. I experienced several foods and drinks that made a lasting impression on me. One was homemade falafel.
Since then, I have learned to make my own using this recipe from Epicurious. I have made it for my friends and family who enjoy it well.
When I traveled to Jerusalem, there was a shop in the bus station that sold fresh pomegranate juice. At the time, I thought that it was expensive because a 16 oz cup was $8.00. The man cut the pomegranate in half and then manually squeezed the juice with a ratchet type juicer.
There are no words to describe the taste. Magnificent! Refreshing! ... and healthy. When I got back to the states, I found and planted a pomegranate tree. I was able to get several seasons of fruit, but I had to cut it down because I planted the tree too close to my house.
I looked for the manual juicer that I saw in Israel for a while. The only thing that I found close to it was a restaurant quality juicer and it was almost $300. Needless to say, I could not afford that juicer so I bought a less expensive one but it would not handle the tough skin of a pomegranate. It was only useful for lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit.
When pomegranates are in season, I buy them by the bag full. I love eating them and drinking the fresh juice. I am reminded of Israel because I am going to cook some falafel to go with my homemade chicken soup that I made yesterday.
Since I am not feeling too well, I will not have all of my original photos to go with this blog. The photo and the recipe were up taken from the Internet, because that is my original source. Bon Appetit!