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Food With Layers Of Meaning

Tisha b’Av, the day we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples, seems especially sad this year as we witness worldwide violence and political upheaval. It also falls on July 31, which coincides with the official expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. 

This somber mood reaches all the way into the kitchen. Although we Jews usually celebrate our holidays with festive foods and big meals, Tisha b’Av is a fast day. Dinner the evening before is meat-free and simple, and beyond that, out of respect, for Nine Days before the fast, we eat fish or vegetarian meals. 

Rainbow Chard Strata from Much Ado About Stuffing

Courtesy Elise Meyer

Rainbow Chard Strata from Much Ado About Stuffing

Persian Eggplant and Tomato Stew (Khoresh Bademjan)

Courtesy Miri Rotkovitz

Persian Eggplant and Tomato Stew (Khoresh Bademjan)

Israeli-Inspired Avocado Toast, 3 Ways

Credit: Shannon Sarna

Israeli-Inspired Avocado Toast, 3 Ways

(The Nosher via JTA) – Avocado toast has been “trendy” for several years throughout the U.S. In fact, avocados have been so trendy, an entire avocado restaurant opened earlier this year in Brooklyn. And people are putting avocados in everything lately: brownies, salad dressing, even ice cream. After all, avocados are healthy, full of good fat, delicious and satisfying.

Summer Jicama Slaw

Jicama Slaw/ Vegan Feast Catering

Summer Jicama Slaw

Veggie burgers

Veggie burger/ divinemisscopa

Veggie burgers

Pickled Jalapenos

Pickled Jalapenos

Charred Vidalia Onion Salad

Vidalia onions/ Mike Mozart

Charred Vidalia Onion Salad

BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce/ jules

BBQ Sauce

Fried Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

Credit: Clare Winfield

Fried Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

I was fortunate enough to inherit this recipe from a friend of mine, Julian.

Over dinner one night, he spoke at length about life growing up on a kibbutz in Israel and how big family banquets using the locally grown ingredients were the mainstay of his childhood. While he discussed all the different dishes his father used to make with great passion, it was this eggplant recipe that clearly ignited the most fire in this voice.