Tel Aviv Diary - December 25-29, 2015 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

December 25, 2015

It seems my cold and chills has returned now that Ezi's out of danger. All I want to do is stay in bed. I started reading my mail - from when we were away - and discover that my interview with the late Naim Araidi was published in the journal of the Hebrew writers association, Moznaim. Should you wish to see it, it's here


The English version should be out in the Jerusalem Review in a few weeks.

The big discussion in the news here is whether the jewish terror suspects have been tortured. As often, I don't understand the question. If these men have information about proposed terror attacks by Jews they shouldn't have to be tortured. This is information they should voluntarily provide. And if they don't provide this information, then they are helping jewish terror and are in effect terrorists. In that case, torture is totally understandable.

December 26, 2015

Not a day goes by without some stabbing or other sort of terrorist act. And yet we sat around the port this afternoon as if nothing had happened. I kept marvelling at the fact that we were well enough to go out into the beautiful fresh air, and also that we were able to ignore for a moment the horrible situation we're in. And yet I couldn't refrain from getting into a discussion about "breaking the silence," and all the other movements that are pulling in opposite directions in the country. we never find a solution.

I know most of you out there in Europe and the US are enjoying great weather, but we're drying up around here. It's cold but no rain. Personally I had enough rain in Danang to last me the winter, but my plants are suffering.

To repair my mood an item on the news made me fall in love. It was on Riff Cohen, a local singer i had never heard of before. She's all over youtube. look her up. She is so Israeli and intrnational at the same time.

December 27, 2015

It looks like the Galapagos exhibit will actually take place on January 22, at the Jerusalem Theater at 12. Save the date. It will be even better than the last version.

December 28, 2015

waiting for Ezi to get out of his PET scan, I think of what i really want to make for him to eat. Actually I'm as hungry as he is. so here's a recipe my favorite food and will make as soon as we get home:

kitchri (with thanks to the late Nurit Dadashov)

ingredients (6 servings):

2 cups rice

1 cup red lentils

1/4 cup oil

1 onion, chopped

2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 tsp turmeric

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Salt to taste

3.4-5 cups water

before serving:

3 tablespoons oil

5 cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon cumin


1. rinse the rice and lentils in water until the water is transparent.

2. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook while stirring for about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste, spices and water and bring to a boil.

3. Add the rice and lentils and bring to a boil. Cover the pan, lower heat and simmer 20 minutes.

4. Before serving, heat the oil in a pan, add the garlic and cumin and fry for about a minute. Pour over the rice and stir. Serve with sour cream or yogurt or as a side dish.

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