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18
Mar
11

Zeh Tov, Zeh Tov, Zeh OSEM!!!


Every time I think of Israel’s premiere food manufacturer, their old radio jingle immediately comes to mind: Zeh tov, zeh tov, zeh Osem! (It’s good, it’s good, it’s OSEM!). The company says the name OSEM was chosen because it was part of the Kohen Godol‘s prayer on Yom Kippur: “May this be a year of osem.” The prayer asks for a year of plenty, a year of abundance, of prosperity and wealth. Today OSEM is the leading food producing company in Israel and it is majority owned (51%) by Nestlé S.A. of Switzerland.

I strongly suspect that since “osem sounds a lot like the average Israeli’s pronunciation of the English word awesome it may just have something to do with the name choice, unless… unless… it’s an OSEM coincidence… of course.

The company was founded in 1942, 6 years before the establishment of the State in 1948. OSEM whose products have long been available in the US, has now introduced some new Passover items. They make Shmurah, Regular, Whole Wheat, Egg, Egg & Onion, Rye and Light Matzah, Matzhah Ball Mix, Matzah Farfel (regular and whole wheat), Matzah Meal (regular and whole wheat), Matzah Cake Mix and three different flavors of Chocolate Covered Matzah (Raspberry, Orange and Plain). Other kosher for Passover products include two of Israel’s most cherished children’s food products: Bamba (for those who eat kitnyiot only!), and all of Bisli‘s 6 flavors. They also make non-gebroks Soup Croutons, Pickles in Vinegar and Chik Chak Twisted Marshmallows.

This week I got 5 of their products…

Passover Soup Manel Rings, Orange Flavored Chocolate Coated Matzah, Bamba Peanut Snack, Marble Cake and Barbecue Flavored Xtra Long Bissli

Two of my grandkids were visiting and they wasted no time disposing of both the Bamba and the Bissli (just as I expected), they were disappointed there was only one bag of each. Their verdict was quite obvious when these bona fide kids’ snacks connoisseurs screamed out in unison: “More, zeyde, more!”

I found the Marble Cake very moist and flavorful, it also didn’t last long; the Orange Flavored Chocolate Coated Matzah was interesting.  Over Shabbat I’ll savor the croutons. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to taste their Shmurah Matzah on Pessach

I liked these products, they just might become Pessach staples.

CS

26
Mar
10

Passover Almond-Pistaccio Cake


[Eran Elhalal, food consultant, (about to become a restaurateur) chef extraordinaire, brings us a delicious Passover cake recipe and accompanying photos. He provides the gebroks and non-gebroks version. CS]

Pesach Almond -Pistachio Cake

12 Servings

[Gebroks]
The origin of this recipe is the Italian Baci De Dama or Lady’s Kisses, a festive hazelnut cake. I replaced the flour for sifted Matzo meal and based the cake on fresh ground almonds and pistachios, to make it more our own.

Ingredients:

Getting the ingredients lined up

[For the non-gebroks version of this delectable dessert, use potato or tapioca starch instead of the matzoh meal. Make sure, however, that you mix it well with the nuts before incorporating into the wet mixture, or the starch may clump up.]

Cake base:
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups ground almonds
3/4 cup ground pistachios
1/4 cup sifted matzoh meal
5 eggs separated
pinch of salt
Zest of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting
2 Tbsp crushed pistachios ( Garnish)
4 ozs confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 Tbsp warm water

Method:

1. Whisk egg yolks and gradually incorporate 1 cup of the sugar.Continue until the batter is bright and fluffy.In a separate bowl mix the nuts , matzo meal, oil and then incorporate vanilla and lemon zest.
2. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites with the salt first, and then gradually whisk in the rest of the sugar until stiff peaks are formed.
3. Fold the egg whites into the nuts mixture gently only until combined.
4. Grease an 8 inch round baking pan.Pour the batter into the pan.
5. Insert into a 350 degree preheated oven , and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out dry.
6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
7. Prepare the frosting by whisking the lemon juice, confectionery sugar and warm water well.
8. Spread evenly on the cake and sprinkle the crushed Pistachios .

A lusciuosly delicious slice

For a truly heavenly gastronomic experience, pair this cake with a glass of  Tzora Or 2006, a delicious wine from one of Israel’s boutique wineries. It is made Made from Gewurztraminer grapes, deep frozen for two months after harvesting. After 24 hours of thawing only the first drips of grape juice will be used for this potable. The gold colored wine is filled with honey and tropical fruits on the nose. Full bodied on the mouth, citrus, pinneaple and a hint of mint.

If this wine is not available, another great choice (more economically priced) is the Carmel Sha’al Gewurztaminer 2006 or 2007, otherwise, any dessert wine will most certainly suffice.

Enjoy!!

Chag kasher vesame’ach – Have a happy Passover

Eran Elhalal
Chef Entrepreneur




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