In some cultures, breakfast cuisine is intricate, forcing the breakfast maker to get up sometimes hours before their guests to prepare a culinary extravaganza that is breakfast.
Unlike England where the standard breakfast includes some or all of the following: bacon, fried eggs, fried mushrooms, fried tomatoes, fried sausage, black pudding, beans and coffee or tea – –
– – Or a typical Mexican breakfast of huevos rancheros or chorizo and eggs, the Israeli breakfast is healthy, light and simple to create.
While the specifics of an Israeli breakfast are really up to you, here are the following necessary components:
Cheeses – hard, soft, cottage cheese, labane(I bought French cheese for a party and was the only one who ate what I brought). Labane is a popular cheese in Israel and the best way to stay authentic.
Olives – whole Israeli olives or other Mediterranean olives. TIP: Leave a dish for olive pits. And don’t serve olives from a can.
Israeli salad – chopped vegetable salad containing tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, parsley if you dare, with a lemon juice, olive oil and salt dressing. All homemade, and every Israeli salad I taste is different from home to home. What will yours taste like?
Eggs – Make these anyway you like. Hard-boiled eggs are common in communal dining rooms, as are scrambled eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are also found in sandwiches and on salads. But anything goes with eggs: omelettes, soft-boiled, poached, you name it!
Bread – This includes pita or challah, but a loaf of artisan bread is just as acceptable. Be sure to serve it with butter, jams or honey.
Often plates of pickled fish are served, but this is not considered a must for an Israeli breakfast.
Fresh-squeezed juice is easy to come by in Israel. Juice stands along most streets over a variety of freshly squeezed juices for you to drink right away or take home. Many people squeeze juice right in their homes. But I suppose Tropicana Orange Juice will serve in a pinch if you’re just trying to replicate a real Israeli breakfast.
Tea and coffee are a must! Mint tea is especially popular for breakfast in Israel.
To make your Israeli breakfast truly authentic, here are some helpful phrases to use while at your breakfast table:
B’Tay’avon: Direct translation is Good Appetite, but it means Eat up and enjoy your food!
Boker tov: Good Morning
En makom: I don’t have a place(I’m full)
Kol Devar ha’iti nehedar: Everything was Wonderful
Toda!: Thank you!
Now you have all the ingredients for an Israeli breakfast, so what are you waiting for? Your next breakfast can only be a few hours away!