CAARI Cooks! January 25, Monday

By Rosalie Whitehill

We went to the Dan Gourmet Culinary School,which trains chefs for all the Dan Hotels in Israel…..their biggest and best chain.  After we arrived at the school on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, and got our aprons,

we had a wonderful demonstration by one of the head chefs…..fine English and a sense of humor…..on how to properly prepare many Mediterranean dishes and how to cut and chop properly and easily (although I don’t think many people on this trip do much cooking).

He showed us how to make falafel, humus, tehina, salads, and something like a pizza but covered with a meat (lamb and beef) mixture that had to be cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes and flavorings before it was baked on the dough which had been prepared for us.  

With the help of 3 chefs, we prepared the meal……took us about 1 and 1/2 hours…..and then we sat around a huge table, enjoyed wine again (better stuff than at the hotel) and ate what we had prepared.  It was truly a fun experience and there seemed to be general agreement to add this trip to the CAARI program.

You can see by the pictures we all had a great time! 
Tomorrow, after school, we are scheduled to visit a Yemenite Village….


The Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel, CAARI, offers active seniors a unique opportunity to experience Israel. The program is designed to explore the biblical landscapes, follow the footsteps of the early pioneers, and envision the future of our Homeland. The CAARI Program includes community service, toursa speakers forum and the camaraderie of the CAARI Family. The Program is designed for to feel, touch, hear and see Israel from the mountains to the desert, from sea to sea, and from ancient to modern.

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