2012-01-29, Mexicankosher
Mexico Comes to Jerusalem to Celebrate Tu B'Shvat, The New Year of the Trees
Subject: A Collection of Tu B'Shvat Recipes

It's cold here in the center of Jerusalem, but the sun is out. The shuk is busy with shoppers vying for the best dried fruit and nuts for Tu'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees. As soon as I join them and acquire everything I need to feed my extended family a delicious Tu B'Shevat seder, I'm taking to my three-year-old grandson about buying a new tree in honor of the holiday.

I've been looking through the table of contents of our new cookbook The Best of Mexican Kosher Cooking, which I co-authored with my daughter, Shifrah Devorah Witt.

Although all of the seven species aren't represented, there are still some delicious recipes that feature grapes, raisins, almonds, oranges, olives, and capers, which I am going to share with you here. The next time you are at the Kotel, look up and the bushes you see growing in the wall are caper bushes. They bloom briefly, waking up the cold grey winter sky, and then their buds provide us with savory delights to perk up fish and chicken dishes.

Olive trees are everywhere in the city as well as the countryside, and the Fish Veracruz highlight them beautifully and also is breaded with flour, another one of the seven species.

The almond trees should be in bloom soon and I'm awaiting them in anticipation of a beautiful spring. The Chicken with Oranges features almonds, oranges, raisins, and capers, a delicious invention from South of the Border Then there is the Mexican White Rice, a mild backdrop to absorb the gravy from the chicken that includes almonds as well.

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