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Kosher Reastaurant in Northern Israel

There are plenty of kosher restaurants in Northern Israel but not everyone is a gem to return to. If you are in the area between Nahariya and Safed you should type Shomra into your GPS or just look out for this yeshuv as you make your way to find something kosher to eat in the region. In Shomrah you will find Sahara, a restaurant with traditional Moroccan food, the Jewish way. This is a restaurant with the best possible kashrut and a menu to match. People who are staying in nearby zimmers can order their food but a visit is recommended.

Food for Everyone

Moroccan food can be very spicy bit don’t be afraid. At Sahara you can tell them that you want your food less spicy and they will hold back on the hot stuff. This is one of the best features of this kosher restaurant in Northern Israel, because you get the feeling that they treat every guest individually, and not that they just hand out whatever is brewing in the pot for the day. Kids will most likely enjoy the tasty potato chips and different meat dishes. Try the fish, it works well for all ages and it also fits the unique style of potato chips that are being served.

Great for kids!

Before the main course is served, you get a whole bunch of sallads to snack on. Together with fresh pita you have to be careful not to fill up on the sallads as the main courses deserve great appetite.

The Atmosphere

You can sit out on the porch or choose the air conditioned indoors, both are very pleasant. On the spacious porch you will still enjoy the background music while you get some of that fascinating view of the North. There are plenty of dogs and cats moving around below on the grass which makes it extra interesting for little kids to sit here and watch the show as it unfolds on the grass below the porch. The feeling that you have in this restaurant is that it is clean and very welcoming. People come to sit for a drink just to enjoy the unique atmosphere.

The Service

It is interesting to see how a restaurant in the sleepy North of Israel can offer faster service than a restaurant in Jerusalem. You get what you order fast and that’s why Sahara in Shomran in a great choice for families with little kids who don’t have the patience to sit and wait for the food to be ready.

So to sum up things, if you are in the North of Israel and you are looking for kosher lemehadrin, Sahara is a great choice. This is simply one of the best restaurants in the North of Israel and you will not regret driving 15-30 minutes to get here. In fact, you will most likely return, because there are a whole bunch of mouthwatering dishes to try out!

For more information you can visit Sahara’s Facebook page by clicking here

How to Cook Red Mullet

Red Mullet is a delicacy, but while this fish is a true decilacy it is amazingly easy to learn how to cook red mullet. You will be ready in less than half an hour and then you can serve something that looks as if it came from an exclusive sea food restaurant!

Here is how to cook Red Mullet:

Get the fish fresh from a good fish store. Make sure that you get fresh Red Mullet and not something from the freezer. This fish is not always available so get it only when it is truly straight from the fishing boat.

Add salt and lemon to the fish in a bowl and let it stand like this for 5-10 minutes. Wash off the salt and lemon and then pat the fish dry with paper.

Put flour and fish seasoning on a plate. Dip the fish in this mix and put them in a frying pan with hot oil. Let the fish fry under a lid for 5-10 minutes. Check them half way and spread the oil over the fish.

This fish cooks fast so make sure not to fry it on a high temperature all the way through. You can start with a high flame and then lower it to medium.

Make rice and a salad and serve the fish as it is, straight from the frying pan. Now that you know how easy it is to cook Red Mullet you can surprise the family with a lovely lunch or dinner.

Watch this video to see how the process described looks in real life:

Fun Salads for Child on Diet

Everybody knows that a diet demands some creative solutions for how to fill that plate up. It is never easy to just cut down on food that has worked as comfort and left you feeling full and soothed. This is no different for a child on a diet and in order to make the weight loss for a kid endurable it is important to offer some fun and healthy alternatives. You don’t have to slice a cucumber and place on the plate to make up for the chips. Here are some really cool ideas for salads that are attractive for a child that needs to lose weight!


With carrots you can make many healthy things. If your child likes carrot juice you should consider investing in a juice maker. With a juice maker you can make juice of any vegetable and fruit that you like and get healthy naturally sweet drinks. Carrots are good for weight loss and they also promote healthy eyes so you are smart to include them in your child’s diet!

A very tasty carrot salad is made out of grated carrots and crushed pineapples. Take out the grater and shred the carrot at any size that you’d like. Mix the carrots with pieces of pineapples and you get a sweet and tasty salad that kids like!

Regular Salad made fun!

You can also create a regular salad in a new format. Slice the cucumbers, tomatoes and some spice the coriander into miniature pieces. Add miniature pieces of onion to this and mix it well. You can also pour some olive oil and lemon juice on this salad to make a real treat. Don’t forget the salt but both salt and olive oil must be used with moderation for a child on a diet!

The things that make the Salad more Eatable

For kids on a diet that hate the veggies you need to consider how to make that salad more attractive. Sometimes it is enough to mix in pineapple to make it look less like salad but some kids are trickier than other. Consider different types of nuts like almonds and walnuts as an addition to your salads. You can also roast sunflower seeds and add to the salad. These ingredients also promote a longer satisfied feeling so that your child won’t feel hungry so soon and benefit from the salad that you added to the meal.

You can also add a spoon of humus or sesame paste to make the salad tastier and get an effect similar to the one of the nuts. Since humus and sesame paste are fatty ingredients you need to be careful not to overdo it or leave access to refills to the child to handle! Remember that everything in moderation will help your child lose that weight so be supportive with this by limiting the access to the goodies!

Easy Rice for a Busy Mom

When you need tasty rice quickly you can use this recipe. It is basically just rice, oil and salt and if you get it right it will make any meal complete. Rice is a bit of an art but if you get the points of this article you will discover the secret to making easy rice fast. A busy Mom will certainly enjoy this knowledge and you can also see how it works out in practice in the video below. Have a try and come back to tell us how it turned out in the comment field!

Ingredients for easy and fast rice:

Rice, you should use about 250 gram for a full pot. You can also use a regular drinking cup and fill one for 2 grownups and then add on as you need it. Basmati rice is the best but any rice will do for this recipe.

Oil, this recipe takes about 4-5 table spoons of oil. Never use olive oil!

Salt, use 1 to 2 table spoons for a full pot of rice, For 2 drinking cups of rice it is enough with 0.5 to 1 table spoon of salt.

Wash the rice

For basmati rice it is ideal to leave it in water for 20 minutes or so. You should change this water every now and then to get rid of the white color and clean the rice. If you are a busy Mom you can also clean the rice under running water as you can see in the beginning of the video below.

Put Oil in the Pot and Add the Rice

Next step is to add the rice and some of the water to a pot with the oil. Start up a low flame and mix this with the salt.

Add Boiling Water

Now you add water that you have preheated and it should stand about a finger top above the rice, or 0.5-1 cm if you will.
Mix the rice well and let it come to a boil before you lower the flame and let it cook with a towel wrapped around the lid for the prescribed time of the rice. Once the rice is done you let it rest a few minutes and then stir it well again to avoid the lumpy texture that so easily happens with rice.

The best way to learn how to cook tasty white rice is to watch someone do it. In this video you will see some very skilled hands swing a pot of amazingly tasty rice together. Copy them and you will have fast and easy rice in as well!

The lovely Irish themed music in this video clip comes from: