Tu B’Shevat Tapanade

Tu B’Shevat Tapanade

Here is something different for Tu B’Shevat which begins tonight, a departure from fruit dishes usually served on the holiday.  It incorporates one of the seven species of Israel: fig, pomegranates, grapes, dates, wheat, barley and olives, foods traditionally eaten on Tu B’Shevat. It packs a double dose of olives: olives and olive oil. You can make it in under five minutes and is perfect to serve on cheese and crackers, as a topping for fish, as a sandwich spread or combined with avocado as a dip. Pair with my “Fruits of Israel Fizz” and you you will have a great Tu B’Shevat celebration! Chag Sameach!   The Recipe

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Tu B’Shevat Crostini Noshable with Orange Date Spread

Tu B'Shevat Crostini with Orange Date Spread

Tu B’Shevat Crostini Noshable with Orange Date Spread

Here is a great “noshable” to serve at your Tu B’Shevat gathering or meal (if you keep Kosher, this should only be served with a dairy meal). It can also be served all year long. I’ve re-purposed the “Orange Date Spread – Filling for Hamantashen” from one of my previous recipes and am now using it to top a crostini spread with goat cheese or on topping a slice of ricotta salata cheese. Enjoy this noshable with “Fruits of Israel Fizz” and you’ll celebrate in style!
The Recipe

Fruits of Israel Fizz

Fruits of Israel Fizz

Fruits of Israel Fizz

Just in time for Tu B’Shevat, which starts tonight, is a wonderful holiday “cocktail” that is non- alcoholic and incorporates two fruits found in Israel, pomegranates and oranges. It is so easy to put together, make one for your self or  double/triple the recipe to serve to your family and friends . You will want to make this year round! The Recipe

Tu B’Shevat

Trees1Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the New Year of the Trees. It falls this year on Monday, January 25, 2016 (Begins on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at sundown). This holiday celebrates the time in Israel when the rainy season is coming to an end and the first buds begin to appear on the trees. In ancient times and today, trees have always been very important in Israel, providing fruit for food and shade and transforming an arid country into a green and rich land. It is customary to eat fruits and nuts typically found in Israel such as figs, dates, walnuts, almonds, pomegranates, apples, oranges and olives. Some people celebrate the holiday by holding a Tu B’Shevat Seder, modeled after the Passover Seder, eating many of the above foods accompanied by four cups of wine consisting of white and red wines mixed together. Have a wonderful Tu B’Shevat!

Granola Bites

Granola Bites

Granola Bites

Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day, that occurred this week, reminded me that we traditionally eat fruits and nuts from trees in Israel. Here is a quick and easy snack that incorporates some of those delicious foods. You can also break it up into small bits and serve as “Granola Crumbles” or package them as a yummy treat in your “Mishloah Manot” gifts for the upcoming holiday of Purim. Feel free to be creative. Enjoy!  

Granola Crumbles

Granola Crumbles

Granola Crumbles as gift

Granola Crumbles as gift

 

 

 

 

 

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Tu B’Shevat – The New Year of the Trees

TreesTu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the New Year of the Trees. It starts this year on Wednesday evening, January 15th, 2014. It celebrates the time in Israel when the rainy season is coming to an end and the first buds begin to appear on the trees. In ancient times and today, trees have always been very important in Israel, providing fruit for food and shade and transforming an arid country into a green and rich land. It is customary to eat fruits and nuts typically found in Israel such as figs, dates, walnuts, almonds, pomegranates, apples, oranges and olives. Some people celebrate the holiday by holding a Tu B’Shevat Seder, modeled after the Passover Seder, eating many of the above foods accompanied by four cups of wine consisting of white and red wines mixed together!

Here is a dish that is made from fruits from Israel: dates and oranges. Great served on toast on Tu B’Shevat morning or at any time. It is so easy and one that will become a favorite.

Date Orange Spread

Ingredients:

1 cup dates, pitted and chopped

1 cup of orange juice

Zest from ¼ orange or more to taste (optional)

Method:

  1. Place dates and orange juice (and zest if using) in small pan. Bring to a gentle boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Cook for about 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally, breaking up the bits of dates. Stir. Will thicken as it cooks. Remove from pan and cool. Store in a container in fridge. Keeps for up to a week.

Tip:

You can also use it in a trifle or as filling in Hamantashen.Get creative!