Soon after I sat down at a banquette in the back of Nur, the new kid on the block of East 20th Street that’s also home to Gramercy Tavern, chef Meir Adoni brought over a warm, golden, sesame-seed-studded oval bread paired with a dish of what appeared to be hummus.
Many worry that a new proposal to ban ritual slaughter in the Belgian region of Flanders is yet another attempt to mask anti-Semitism and Islamophobia with a disingenuous argument for animal welfare — and they’re right to be concerned. The draft law requires pre-slaughter electrical stunning of sheep and poultry. This proposed bans violate kosher and halal laws, which don’t allow the killing of injured animals for food. As Eliyahu Federman points out, this proposed ban is one of many historical attempts, some successful, to limit religious freedoms for Jews and Muslims. Right on the heels of this news, Marine Le Pen, far-right candidate in the upcoming French presidential elections, also announced she would prohibit unstunned ritual slaughter if voted into office.
It’s only Wednesday, which means you have two days to make this fluffy and delicious challah for Shabbat. Is it the best you’ve ever tasted? Have another recipe you prefer? Let us know!
Confession: Even as an experienced cook, I sometimes find artichokes daunting. Forget to drop the raw, freshly cut vegetable into lemon water during preparation and it quickly turns brown. Stop paying attention while cutting off the pointy end of the leaves, and get pricked. And then there’s the choke, that little hairball at the center of the green globe. Don’t scrape it all out and, well, it ain’t called the choke for nothing.
Director Meir Kalmanson invited six brave non-Jewish folks to try a few traditional Ashkenazi foods for the first time. Watch the hilarious results for yourself below.