Doing it Grandma’s Way

Doing it Grandma's way

15 Dec Doing it Grandma’s Way

​​Growing up in Israel, I found myself at grandma’s house (and in her kitchen) a big chunk of my childhood years. Grandma didn’t have time to greet people at the door with a “hello” or “how are you?”. The first question she’d ask as soon as I walked through​ the door was “are you hungry binti?”(which means my daughter in arabic). So as you can imagine, life revolved around the kitchen. There was always massive amounts of food in the fridge and on the dining table, and strangely everyone was very skinny at the same time. And we ate. A lot. Of everything. And​ we​ took seconds without hesitations!
[pullquote-right]The first question she’d ask as soon as I walked through​ the door was “are you hungry binti?”[/pullquote-right]

As a young adult, I ended up living at my grandparents’ house, and my bedroom was just next to the kitchen. Grandma was not a spring chicken by then, but still kept herself busy in the kitchen most of the day. Cooking with her, and learning some cooking tricks and tips, helped me a lot when I finally lived on my own​.​ ​Managing to recreate her recipes was always a joyful moment. ​To this day, my boys’ most favorite recipes are the ones I’ve inherited from her. I know she’s chilling in heaven with a big bowl of fruit and nuts, smiling down at us 🙂

So going back the to​ the “everyone ate heaps and was skinny” part, it really does make you think, doesn’t it. I’m sure you remember the same reality. We ate natural fats, and heaps of them (butter, avocado, nuts etc), we ate seasonal fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes, meat, and we survived to tell the tale. It really does sound like fiction, but back then people went to the butcher to buy meat, and to the guy at the corner to get the fruits and vegetables​. So why can’t we live like that today?

[pullquote-left]…you might get some huffs and puffs when refusing to buy the kids favorite frozen pizza[/pullquote-left]

​W​ell, I truly believe we can! In fact, I know a few families who believe the same, and practice it on a daily basis​. Yes, it’s a change (and it doesn’t have to happen overnight), and yes, you might get some huffs and puffs when refusing to buy the kids favorite frozen pizza or that ​​soft drink ​the husband begged you to get. But I guarantee that by the time you get the hang of it, everyone will feel better, be more energized, and will steer clear of processed food without you standing over their shoulder​s​. And you know what? if they do choose to have something “sinful” once in a while, it won’t be such a big deal. It will happen once in a blue moon, rather that something that goes into their growing bodies​ regularly​.

When we replace real, traditional foods like butter, meat and vegetables with crappy, processed junk foods, we get fat and sick. Real food is the key to good health, processed food is not. Period. (Business Insider)

So the general idea: avoid processed food. Processed food, by default, needs to taste the same. In order to do that, the food companies have to add certain chemicals of all shapes and sizes. Some are natural and harmless. Others are the devil. I’ll give you a few tips next time I post, about how to know which chemicals you want to avoid, but this time I’d like to share with you one of grandma’s great recipes, which I make once a week still, and the whole family loves!

Grandma’s Thursday Meal


  • 500g basmati rice
  • About 250g red lentils
  • Heaped tbsp tomato puree
  • 5-7 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ground sea salt
  • 3-4 tbsp butter
  • Fresh vegetables (cucumber, tomato, avocado and whatever else you like)
  • Kefir/yogurt/a mix of milk products and a bit of water
  • Eggs (optional, but adds a lot!)

In a heavy bottom pot, put about one and a half cups of tap water, the salt, and tomato puree, and start heating. Meanwhile, place the rice and lentils in a big bowl, and wash until water is clear Kitchri(replacing the water about 3-5 times). When well washed, place in with the water. The water should now be about 2cm above the rice. Take out or add more if needed.
Stir once, and cover. Let boil on high hit until you see that the water reaches the level of the rice. Keep a close eye, as you don’t want the rice to burn. As soon at the water reaches the rice level, turn down to the lowest heat, stir again, and cover. Let sit for about 15min.

While the rice is cooking away, crush the garlic cloves and put in a pan with butter. Fry the garlic until it browns ever so slightly. Add the garlic and butter to the rice, mix well, and cover again.

The rice is now cooked and waiting for some companionship.

In a bowl or carafe, pour in the Kefir/yogurt or mix ( we often use quark, yogurt, sour cream and kefir mixed with water). Add salt and pepper to it. Done.

If you decide to make a sunny side up, use the same pan you fried the garlic in. It will give the egg an extra delicious flavor.



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  • Raquel Levy
    Posted at 14:01h, 08 January Reply

    I love the website with all the information it is so professional it’s in amazing to read and it’s full with a lot of important information.can’t wait for more of your blogs.

    • Danna
      Posted at 08:12h, 10 January Reply

      Thank for the kind words Raquel 🙂

  • Masha
    Posted at 20:50h, 09 January Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I feel very similar in that my education with respect to food comes from my grandmas kitchen. So many fond memories and skills that will never go away. I might try to make this Thursday meal with stock instead of water, would it work, what do you think?
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    • Danna
      Posted at 08:11h, 10 January Reply

      Masha you guys will just love this meal! I never considered making it with stock, as this is one of those recipes I always strived to have come out just like grandma’s. Therefore my instinct tells me to suggest not to use it, but hey, it might come out even better 🙂
      Either way don’t forget to let me know how it turned out

  • linda spiker
    Posted at 19:55h, 22 January Reply

    Our grandma’s really did know how to do it! I hope my grandchildren think I do too:)

    • Danna
      Posted at 20:31h, 23 January Reply

      Yes! me too 🙂

  • Eileen @ Wellness and Workouts
    Posted at 20:47h, 22 January Reply

    I love hearing about how your family ate so well, while growing up. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Danna
      Posted at 20:32h, 23 January Reply

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    Posted at 20:55h, 22 January Reply

    I love how you grew up around the kitchen + around beautiful, real food. Your recipe sounds delicious too.
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  • Jessica
    Posted at 22:00h, 22 January Reply

    I love your memories you posted with this recipes, it makes more special. I will be trying it soon.
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    • Danna
      Posted at 20:33h, 23 January Reply

      Don’t forget to let us know how it turned out 🙂

  • Megan Stevens
    Posted at 22:10h, 22 January Reply

    What charming memories. Thank you so much for sharing. Warms my heart! <3
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  • Andrea Fabry
    Posted at 00:19h, 23 January Reply

    I love your list of suggested vegetables. I think I’ll add all of them. 🙂
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    • Danna
      Posted at 20:34h, 23 January Reply

      Those are the ones we always have with this meal. Delicious!

  • Renee Kohley
    Posted at 00:22h, 23 January Reply

    This is the perfect simple but nourishing dish. It just goes to show you what you can do with simple ingredients – no need for fancy elaborate items 🙂
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    • Danna
      Posted at 20:35h, 23 January Reply

      Exactly Renee, And that’s pretty much what I offer in my cooking courses. Healthy, quick and nutritious.

  • Sarah McLain
    Posted at 00:59h, 23 January Reply

    Love this, such great memories, and it’s so true that it’s simple to live well and eat REAL FOOD! 🙂 Your recipe looks delicious as well!
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    • Danna
      Posted at 20:37h, 23 January Reply

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Chl
    Posted at 16:34h, 23 January Reply

    Beautiful story – and so true. As I move to a real food diet and tell my mom about it, she tells me about what my grandma ate on the farm where my mom grew up: raw milk, fresh baked bread, homemade butter, and she even added gelatin to her broth. It’s amazing to hear!
    The recipe looks delicious, too. Yum!
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    • Danna
      Posted at 20:43h, 23 January Reply

      Yes it’s kind of funny how we learn to appreciate these things only now

  • Debi @ Life Currents
    Posted at 21:40h, 23 January Reply

    This sounds like a great meal. In fact, I’d love this for breakfast. Breakfast, for me, is great when it has veggies in it. Thanks for the idea & recipe!
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