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Inspiration: Balaboosta | NYC

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Back in the day, many Jewish women desired to be called one thing: Balaboosta.

Yiddish for the “perfect homemaker,” Balaboosta has become the catch-all phrase for the domestically gifted. Make a kick-ass casserole? You’re a balaboosta! Crochet a mean-looking sweater? Balaboosta! Excelling in your home ec class? Balaboosta. (Does home ec still exist?)

In our age of frozen meals and take-out, just getting a meal on the table usually earns you some praise. Include a few rare ingredients (Sumac! Persimmons!), and you’re officially a modern-day balaboosta.

Chef Einat Admony’s quaint little restaurant lives up to its name. Located in the trendy Nolita neighborhood of lower Manahattan, her simply adorned dining room serves traditional Jewish and Middle Eastern dishes with a contemporary twist. Here are some of the highlights:

  • From the dinner menu you can order the “Hummus ‘Mortar and Pestle,’” an unfinished bowl of tahini and chickpeas ready for you to grind to your heart’s content.
  • Preserved lemons abound – brightening their salads, flavoring their cazuelas, and accenting their sandwiches with North African flare.
  • The Moroccan Fish Cazuela, a hot pot of fish, preserved lemon, and a spicy red pepper broth, perfectly balances salty, tart, and spicy.
  • Their quinoa salad is divine – fresh herbs, fried shallots, chickpeas, dried cranberries, and did I mention preserved lemons? (Psst…I found a recipe for it here.)

So how did Balaboosta inspire me? To use preserved lemons of course! I’ve got some sitting in my fridge. Maybe the dish I create will win me that much coveted title: balaboosta!

Quinoa Salad

Hummus

 

Dessert

Cazuela

 

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This entry was posted on June 16, 2014 by in M & D Inspiration, Northeast, Restaurant.

About Jacque & Jaime

Jaime and Jacque are two gals who discovered a mutual passion for Mediterranean flavors and ingredients and never turned back. They started Mezze & Dolce to share this love, their recipes, and their inspirations with the world. Follow them at www.mezzeanddolce.com.

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