Michael Kaphan’s bubbe helped get him into the New Yorker.
I never really gave much thought to beer in Israel. Recently, however, I did some reading, and here’s what I discovered. According to the Biblical Archaeology Society:
When I visit food and wine shows, where vintners and producers present their products to the market, my first question is, “What’s new?” For wineries, the answer is usually nothing more groundbreaking than the latest vintage or a new blend. But when I approached Covenant Winery’s Jeff and Jodie Morgan at the recent Kosher Food & Wine Experience a few weeks before Purim, they had a notably interesting answer to my question.
Filled with the flavors of the Middle Eastern shouk, or marketplace, these fragrant meatballs have just a hint of heat. They are bathed in a bright tomato sauce and served over smoky freekeh, a wonderful wheat cereal found all over Israel and now becoming popular in the United States. You can substitute brown rice for freekeh, if you can’t find it. Remember, though, that freekeh takes a little longer to cook than rice and requires more water. Whether you use freekeh or rice, start by cooking it first. When it’s done, just keep it warm and covered, until you are ready to serve.