CJR shines spotlight on Galya Loves Food

Nov. 20, 2020 By BARBARA SILVERSTEIN Shabbat Shalom and welcome to “Kitchen Talk,” the weekly food blog of the CJR. When life hands you lemons you make lemonade or, in the case of Galya Sarner, you make a tangy labaneh with lemon. After COVID struck, Sarner was laid off from her job working with Toronto’s large Israeli community….

Sharing a taste of Israel in Paris

Much earlier in my life, I was fortunate to live in Paris, benefiting from its cultural richness and the experience of living in a storied world capital. During my five years there, I gained so much, especially in culinary matters. When I moved to the City of Light from Israel, my husband and I lived…

Responding to special orders and requests for catering

If in recent months developing Galya Loves Food products for sale at retail locations in Toronto has proven highly gratifying, it has also led to wonderful opportunities and interesting people I wouldn’t have otherwise met. For example, we’ve received numerous special orders from individuals and requests for catering. We’ve found that despite the challenges and…

Great Israeli Food People – Gil Hovav

For the latest in my ongoing series on Great Israeli Food People, I’m pleased to spotlight Gil Hovav, one of Israel’s top culinary journalists who has played a major role in developing a greater appreciation of Israeli cuisine. Through his writing, TV and radio programs, cookbooks and seminars, Gil is a widely respected food authority…

My 10 essentials for an Israeli pantry

I call it my essential Jerusalem pantry, even if I no longer live in Israel. Many of the country’s quintessential dishes are made with the same core group of spices, herbs, sauces, oils and jarred goods which in many ways represent the essence of the country’s food. These components appear repeatedly in the Middle East…

People also savour GLF hummus with their eyes – and cameras

It’s now just over a month since circumstances led me to make my hummus, labaneh and roasted red peppers available for sale in Toronto. It began by putting some jars on a refrigerated shelf in Aba’s Bagel Bakery, not far from where I live. As they sold and people responded so positively, we increased the…

The once-lowly cauliflower gains new respect

Once upon a time, some people pitied the poor cauliflower. With its pale appearance, this seemingly bland, once-humble cruciferous vegetable, traditionally served boiled and plain, suffered in the shadow of more colourful, more upbeat food items. Not anymore. In recent years, its modest status has changed, with chefs preparing it in new creative ways as…

Great Israeli Food Creators – Nir Mesika

For the latest in my ongoing series on Great Israeli Food Creators, I’m pleased to spotlight a highly talented chef now engaged in new culinary projects in Israel after making his mark in New York and Italy. Born and raised in Kiryat Motzkin near Haifa in northern Israel, Nir Mesika grew up in a large…

GLF hummus and labaneh make positive impact in Toronto

June 20, 2020 — Today, I have a smile on my face and a feeling of gratitude in my heart.  This after what happened yesterday when, at the encouragement of good friends Odette Levy, Michelle Muscat, Gili Merkur, Rima Biback and Karen Simpson, and with the help of my family,  I created a selection of…

Great Israeli Food Creators – Orly Abu

For the latest in my ongoing series on Great Israeli Food Creators, I’m delighted to feature a chef in Toronto whose culinary work and the setting in which she does it command my respect. Ten years ago, Orly moved to Toronto with her family from Maale Adumim, just outside Jerusalem. Today, she’s the head chef…