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We knew soft serve would be an integral part of our dessert menu at V Street. We did not, however, realize that a soft-serve machine would cost more than some cars or that it requires about a day’s worth of labor to keep it tuned up each week! But the ice creams themselves are so good, so decadent, so downright unfair, we could never turn back. Halva was the first flavor we introduced on our menu. Its creaminess is complemented by the tart flavor burst in the sour cherries.
My friend Nancy Silverton went to Israel last year and came home with a rough, scribbled- down secret “recipe” for how to make what she promised were falafel so crispy, crunchy, and flavorful that they turned her, a falafel skeptic, into a believer. The first time I looked at it, I thought there was something wrong or missing from the recipe. If I’d been locked in a room until I could figure out what falafel was made of, I would have died an old woman before I would have guessed that those light and crunchy balls of savory, goodness were made from ground, uncooked chickpeas. Yes, the chickpeas are soaked, but they’re still hard as rocks, and it’s still amazing. Sparkling mineral water is supposedly the key to making these as crispy as they, in fact, turned out to be. The chickpeas must soak overnight, so plan ahead because this here is the one place in life where you can’t substitute canned chickpeas.
So you’re going to Israel, and you love hummus, and you love falafel, and you can’t wait to eat a lot of hummus and falafel, and your cousin’s uncle’s sister-in-law knows the best place for hummus and falafel, and so on.
There was a time, in the not-so-distant past, when it felt like the foods of the Ashkenazi culinary canon needed saving. Pastrami, once a well-spiced meat, had turned into a salty ghost of its former self; matzo balls wallowed in flavorless broth, and bagels had become puffed-up versions of what they once were. Thankfully, a small band of talented Jewish chefs such as Noah Bernamoff of New York’s Mile End delicatessen and cookbook authors including Leah Koenig and The Gefilteria crew, has seen to fixing this, restoring shtetl classics to their rightful forms while simultaneously carrying them gracefully into the 21st century.
Since moving to Brooklyn from Israel a little over four years ago, Ron and Leetal Arazi have dedicated themselves to sharing the Middle Eastern and North African foods they grew up with through their artisanal company New York Shuk.