The Bahai Temple
while my visit in Israel my family suggested making a trip to the city of Haifa to visit the Bahai temple which covers the city center from the top of the Carmel mountain to the sea. all layered with beautiful gardens (such as this cactus garden)
on the way back we were recommended by a friend to stop at a small arab village called ein chood which seats next the the Israeli art village ein hood, but from the first moment you get there you feel that there is something very different in this place, there is no real road that takes you there, you have to kind of improvise your way on a very broken path till you get to the village, a place where they only had electricity installed a year and a half ago.
as you seat to the table the host brings you a can of home made tamarind juice.
as they start telling you the way the place works. there is no menu you order from, they chef (the mother of the family) had cooked many dishes, all based on seasonal ingredients which grows on the mountain, you can ask for more from anything. than they simple start bringing the most amazing food, almost everything been cooked for 6-8 hours on small pans. beside the set of appetizers, which include a 4 different types of hummus plates, very condensed tahini salad, tabouli, fresh salad and a few eggplant recipes.
followed by a green peas soup.
than they start bringing the real stuff out. like this lamb cooked in tahini (sinaya)
or this heavily cooked stuffed pepper.
or this baladi roasted eggplant served with Mujadara which get almost the texture and flavor of a cheese.
Baladi Eggplant Salad
a veal and lamb stew served with the marrow bone on a plate of yellow saffron rice.
Lamb & Veal Stew
and slowly cooked chicken.
for desserts they served us an amazing chocolate cake which never made it to a pict next to these traditional arab cakes next to local coffee or mountain herbs tea.
we were lucky enough to come at a time where they had less work load, so we had a chance to chat to the mother of the house who actually cooks and pick the food with her daughter Sarin who also do all the desserts, while they tell us the story of their restaurant and family. and a recommendation to ask for them to prep something special for next time while making reservation in order to have a taste of more advanced cooking. I cant wait to come back – albeet