I grew up in a place (Indiana) where food grew from the ground: corn, soy, and cows. I now live in a place (Israel) where food grows on trees: dates, lemons, oranges, olives, passion fruit, grapes, grapefruit, apples, clementines, lychee, papaya, mango, bananas, guava, pomegranates, cherries, nectarines, plums, peaches, avocado…
Although it is illegal to take fruit from someone else’s property, there have been times when out running and in desperate need of fuel, I have nicked an orange or two. I love living in a country with free-hanging snackage.
Right now, the trees around my neighborhood are heavy with ripening dates, citrus fruits, pomegranates and olives:
This bread, redolent with luscious olives, will fill your home with a wonderful aroma and will make your family feel warm and loved.
- 5 cups of flour of your choice (I used half whole wheat and half white)
- 1 Tbsp dry yeast
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 1/4 cups warm water, divided
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups olives, Black or Green, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- olive oil to brush on top of loaf
- Mix yeast and sugar with 1 cup wrist warm water and set aside to foam.
- Meanwhile, measure 4 cups of flour into a large bowl and make a well in the center.
- After about 5 minutes, add the yeast mixture into the flour well.
- Knead the dough until smooth.
- Wipe the bowl with oil, place the dough ball inside it, cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place for one hour.
- Punch the dough down and turn it out on the counter.
- Mix in the olives, the salt, the additional flour and remaining 1/4 cup water and knead vigorously until it is all combined and smooth again.
- Place back in the bowl, cover and let rise another hour.
- Preheat the oven to 160C
- Grease a baking sheet and sprinkle it with corn meal.
- Place dough on the baking sheet and with a sharp knife, make 3 slashes in the top of the loaf.
- Gently brush the loaf with olive oil.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
As we face the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all, whether Jewish or not, much health, happiness, prosperity, and growth in the coming year. Although we are starting out on a rocky note, may 5774 be a year of world peace and understanding, tolerance and evolution.
This song is from a few years ago. (I didn’t want you to think Israel is so far behind the times!). But it is just so darn cute and happy that I wanted to share it. Shana Tova U’Metuka = Have a Good and Sweet Year!
This post is participating in Healthy Vegan Fridays.