Fishy Politics Played in Gaza

fish-gaz13-10oct05In Gaza, people are suddenly excited because of the availability of a special fish which they have not gotten to eat in a long time. The locals were quoted saying that when you eat that particular fish, it feels really rich. The locals love it on the grill with a lot of spices and it is also loved because it has fewer bones than others. There was a strict restriction imposed on Gaza’s coastline which made it inaccessible for the fish lover’s palette. Israel had restricted the fishing to three nautical miles thereby limiting the supply of fish and also a steep increase their prices.

The ceasefire that took place last week was welcomed by everyone with celebrations and festivities, as they could all buy the plenty of fish that would be available. Even though local residents are calm now, they do not have a lot of hope in the war and violence ending soon. They are deeply frustrated in how politics and war affect even the most mundane part of their lives. All they want is a solution and relief from this political instability.

Know Your “Root”

holidays-multiple-443The famous Jewish holiday, Passover is coming up and horseradish is in demand like no other. It is the key ingredient for the seder meal which is an extremely important part of the festival. Unlike other herbs; it is a gross looking root which is bitter and hot to the core. It is used in the meal symbolizing the struggle that the people of Israel were subjected to under the Egyptian Pharaoh’s. Some people prefer making the recipe at home even though it’s readily available in the market.

The sales statistics suggest that there is a great increase in sales during this season and the sales is quite limited all around the year otherwise. Philip Schmitt, who owns Schmitt family farm in New York describes the root as ugly and wild. He also says that the process of making the garnish can be obnoxious too, with your nasal passages getting flared up from the fumes, causing your eyes to tear up. However he also shares a tip, which is to mix the root shreds with red beetroots. They also have their homemade horseradish up for sale in the farm stands.