The Jew And The Carrot

It's Ice Cream for Breakfast Day — Really!

By Elon Gilad

(Haaretz) — In 1966, on a dreary Saturday morning in Rochester, New York, Florence Rappaport’s surprised her young children with ice cream for breakfast. As she scooped the creamy treat into bowls for her ecstatic offspring, Joe and Ruth, she formally announced, “Today is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.” And so, the social worker and mother of six created a holiday.

On the first Saturday of the following year, Joe and Ruth, piously demanded to observe the holiday again. And over time, the tradition only grew stronger. When Joe and Ruth grew up and left for college, they brought the holiday with them, Joe to Columbia University and Ruth to Binghamton University. Joe took the holiday particularly seriously, hosting large gatherings with a variety of ice creams and toppings. After college, Ruth moved to Israel, taking Ice Cream for Breakfast day with her.

When Joe and Ruth and their college friends started their own families, many of them continued the tradition with their children and introduced it to friends. In 1994, Itzah C. Kret, a quirky artist based in Washington, D.C., attended an Ice Cream for Breakfast celebration hosted by Barry, a former roommate of Ruth’s. An instant convert, Kret began zealously proselytizing.

“Life is about making beautiful things and introducing them to the world, and Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is a beautiful thing,” he told Haaretz.

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Miznon's Ice Cream in a Pita Is Delicious — Trust Us!

By Liz Steinberg

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Eyal Shani, Israel’s favorite bad-boy celebrity chef, created a small stir in the food world earlier this year when he launched the second branch of his gourmet pita sandwich joint Miznon with an innovative new menu item — ice cream in a pita.

Shani, known for his antics on television as well as in court and on Instagram — he is a judge on Israel’s reality TV cooking contest MasterChef and is also in the midst of a bankruptcy settlement over a previous restaurant — has several restaurants, including upmarket North Abraxas. Even his food is controversial, with detractors claiming that the chef is laughing at his customers by charging top prices for what would seem to be simple food.

At Miznon, at least, the pita sandwiches are affordable and come with fillings including hot entrecote, Shani’s signature roasted cauliflower, and, yes, ice cream. The new branch opened on Tel Aviv’s central King George Street in August, and sports a rustic but hip decor and loud music. The unconventional pairings succeed because of the care and thought put into the flavor combinations and preparation, as well as the interesting selection of condiments, which include buckets of cream cheese, grated tomato and Atlantic sea salt.

On the face of it, ice cream in a pita sounds like a gimmick, and a bad one at that. Why would anyone want to eat it? But at 5 shekels ($1.50) a serving, you might as well give it a try, and the result is surprising.

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Blue Marble's Ice Cream for Rwanda

By Anna Goldenberg

Courtesy of Sweet Dreams

We’ve seen films about Africa, like “Blood Diamond”, which show some grim realities of postcolonial life. There have been countless movies about genocides and their consequences, with heart-wrenching stories of survival, guilt and trauma. And there have been movies about delicious food – just think of “Chocolat” – leaving viewers in the paradoxical position in which they simultaneously want the film to continue, and be over, so the drooling stops.

Bringing those themes together might appear strange. Last Friday, however, a documentary premiered in New York that succeeds at combining them with a tale about women’s empowerment, entrepreneurialism and developmental aid. “Sweet Dreams” is the story of the Brooklyn ice cream shop Blue Marble, whose owners Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen collaborated with a group of female drummers in Rwanda to open the first ice cream shop in the country that was ripped apart by a genocide almost two decades ago.

Directed by award-winning brother and sister Lisa and Rob Fruchtman, the 84-minute documentary uses ice cream as a metaphor for dealing with trauma. “That movie is not about drumming and ice cream but about the emotional drama,” said editor and director Lisa Fruchtman. What got her interested in the story, which she and her brother started filming in 2010, were the issue of recovering from genocides: “In Rwanda, it is like Jews coming back to Germany… There is shame and guilt among the children of the perpetrators, not unlike the younger generation in Germany.”

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Finding Love and Ice Cream in Southern France

By C.Z. Carlin

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“Meals can, and often do, tell stories,” says Elizabeth Bard, a 39 year-old writer, of the huge Seders her mother once hosted at her childhood home in Teaneck, New Jersey. “When I first arrived in France almost everything I learned about the culture I learned “autour de la table,” around the table. Now settled in Céreste, a medieval village in the heart of Provence, Bard is telling a new culinary tale, selling bright pink beetroot sorbet to local children and tourists from a store front shop housed in a rough stone building.

Her French husband, Gwendal, who learned to churn frozen desserts mostly from books, named the company Scaramouche, after the swashbuckling hero of a favorite childhood film. “A difficult name that people would remember,” says this 6-footer with a PhD in computer science, who now spends 18-hour days in a nearby lab combining fresh seasonal ingredients from local farms into sweet confections. “At our 4-year old son’s school, I’m a star,” smiles the newly minted artisan glacier.

After studying to be an art historian and several years in journalism (and giving tours at the Louvre), Bard published “Lunch in Paris: A Love Story With Recipes,” a bestselling memoir with recipes, where she tells of falling in love with a Frenchman, and with French cuisine.

After nearly a decade in Paris, they decided to leave their city life style and, in Gwendal’s case, an executive position in the cinema industry. “The Franco-American combination has been a rich one for us,” says Bard “I gave him permission to dream big, and he taught me that French joie de vivre, how to live in the moment.” Gwendal nods in approval across the red metal table on a Matisse sunny morning, “Now he’s got a whole closet full of suits gathering mold.”

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Mixing Bowl: Weekend Desserts, Harrods Goes Kosher

By Devra Ferst

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New Israeli food is taking over New York. [New York Magazine]

Planning a swanky wedding in London? Harrods is now catering kosher simchas! [Jewish Chronicle]

Three words: Smores Ice Cream. [Food52]

Incase that doesn’t suit you, here are 20 other desserts, perfect for Memorial Day celebrations. [Serious Eats]

Smithsonian Magazine just released it’s annual food issue. Check out pieces by Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl and Mimi Sheraton. [Smithsonian Magazine]

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Save My Nutella Ice Cream — Please!

By Jocelyn Bogdan

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I Need You: Kids like Z enjoy Nutella-laced ice cream.

Many years ago, while I was working as a counselor at Beth Tfiloh day camp in the Baltimore suburbs, my favorite camper took a trip to Israel. She came back with the best present a 15-year-old counselor could ever ask for: a jar of chocolate spread.

At the time, I’d never encountered such a thing. And it changed my life. Suddenly chocolate peanut butter sandwiches were the stuff dreams were made of.

Fast forward nearly two decades. We live in a world where chocolate and other nutty spreads are prevalent. Just yesterday the maker of Nutella made news by cancelling World Nutella Day!

At the same time, a minor travesty was unfolding in our neighborhood in brownstone Brooklyn. Ample Hills, Prospect Height’s newest and arguably most popular ice cream shop, announced that it is cutting down from 24 ice cream flavors to 16.

In doing so, they may get rid of Nanatella, a delicious organic banana ice cream rippled with — you guessed it — creamy Nutella.

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Scoop's Up: Bibi's $3,000 Ice Cream Budget

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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I scream, you scream… In Israel, it was the Israeli business daily Calcalist screaming this week about just how much ice cream Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been licking on the people’s dime (sorry, shekel). The paper reported that Bibi had asked for and received a NIS 10,000 ($2,700) budget from the government to keep his residence supplied with high-end ice cream at every hour of the day and night.

Having depleted an NIS 3,000 ($813) budget for frozen treats by May last year, this time around the prime minister’s residence made sure to ask for a whole lot more cash to fund Bibi’s habit. The official request repeatedly mentioned that the money was for ice cream “on the personal taste and desire of the prime minister,” from a gelateria located near the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem’s Rehavia neighborhood.

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Serving Mideast Peace One Scoop at a Time

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Courtesy of Bouza

Adam Ziv feels he was destined to make ice cream and own a gelateria. “No one in Israel knows more about ice cream that I do,” he said. “I think I have tried every kind of ice cream on offer anywhere in the country.”

Ziv, 27, has taken this lifetime of tasting and combined it with training in ice cream making in Europe to open “Bouza,” a much talked about ice cream shop in the Arab town Tarshisha, in northern Israel. The name “Bouza,” Arabic for ice cream, was chosen as a nod to Ziv’s business partnership with a local Palestinian restaurateur Alaa Sawitat.

But Ziv, who lives on nearby Kibbutz Sasa, told The Forward that he and Sawitat are not operating under any grand illusions that they are going to bring about Mid-East peace through a frozen dessert. “But one thing for sure is that if we are to have a normal life here, then we need to speak and live with one another, and to do business with one another,” Ziv said.

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A Jewish Ice Cream Flavor for Jon Stewart

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Courtesy of Three Twins Ice Cream

Stephen Colbert inspired Ben & Jerry’s “AmeriCone Dream” ice cream, and the company named its “Late Night Snack” flavor for Jimmy Fallon. So, Neal Gottlieb thought it was time for that other late night funnyman — Jon Stewart — to also have his own ice cream variety.

As it turned out, Gottlieb was better positioned than most people to do something about this. As “founding twin” of the Northern California-based Three Twins organic ice cream company, he was able to whip up some flavors he thought might please Stewart’s palate.

This was exactly two years ago at Hanukkah time, and Gottlieb was thinking Jewish. He came up with three original flavors for the Daily Show’s host to sample: “Land of Milk and Honey” (So smooth and creamy even a goy will enjoy); “Carl’s Kugel” (Oy vey! cream cheese, cinnamon, apple sauce and golden raisins!); and “8 Crazy Nights” (Sweet potato latke ice cream with Hanukkah gelt).

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For Turkey Day, Try Pumpkin Ice Cream

By Naomi Sugar

Naomi Sugar

With Thanksgiving around the corner I have a one-track mind: pumpkin. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin spice cake, pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin ice cream. I’ve eaten all that in the past week. Do I have an addiction? Probably, but I’m okay with that.

For me, Thanksgiving is all about self-reflection and food. Originally intended to celebrate our freedom and to give thanks for a good harvest, Thanksgiving has morphed into a time when we gorge ourselves on foods, and spend time curled up on the sofa afterwards paying for it! Luckily, during this holiday pumpkin takes center stage.

The classic gourd, which many think of as iconic American, has a surprising Jewish connection going back 500 years. The “Encyclopedia of Jewish Food” explains that pumpkins were widely cultivated throughout the Americas for about 6,000 years and were among the first New World foods that the Native Americans introduced to the Europeans, who brought them back to Europe.

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Frozen Friday: Creating a Jewish Ice Cream Flavor

By Rivka Friedman

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In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the month, we’ll be celebrating this delicious food each week with Frozen Fridays, a series about Jews and ice cream.

It all started when I tried to make a “Jewish” ice cream flavor. Is there such a thing? I thought about milk and honey ice cream (too cliched); date and pomegranate ice cream (more Israeli than Jewish); even ricotta-brown sugar ice cream, supposedly inspired by kugel (such a stretch!). The ideas, they didn’t come so quickly. I was stuck. But it’s National Ice Cream Month and I had committed to being part JCarrot’s Frozen Fridays. So there was no way out: I’d be figuring out a Jewish ice cream flavor, yes I would.

Just when I thought I was out of ideas, I remembered the one Jewish food that was a staple of my childhood. Not only is it quintessentially Jewish, it’s delicious — and a perfect inspiration for an ice cream flavor. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Frozen Friday: Religion, Politics and Ice Cream, Oh My!

By Dan Friedman

Courtesy of Screme

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the month, we’ll be celebrating this delicious food each week with Frozen Fridays, a series about Jews and ice cream.

People are fascinated with the idea of the afterlife and whether Jews believe in Heaven and Hell. Now, I’m no professional theologian, but I think that if I died and was greeted by a smiling minyan of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Mr. Häagen and Mrs. Dasz, Joseph Edy and Moshe-Lev Dreyer, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins, Sharon Breyer and Malky “Dairy” Queen bearing free samples that, for me, would be heaven.

Perhaps to partly compensate for classifying ketchup as a vegetable, Ronald Reagan’s gift to gastronomes was to proclaim the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day. As homage to Proclamation 5219 we convened a Forward think tank to test the tastes presented by two post-Reagan kosher ice cream outfits.

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