Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Green grape leaves, stuffed

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For ABC Wednesday  G  is for grape leaves, stuffed and ready to go in the oven!

Elma, the new special hotel I've been telling you about, believes in the "eat locally" philosophy.
And there is certainly no lack of grape leaves in Zichron Ya'akov

After becoming the patron of the struggling pioneers who started the moshava Zichron in 1882,  Baron Edmond James de Rothschild a few years later helped establish the first winery in Israel, Carmel Winery, together with a bottling factory, in Zichron Ya'akov.
 In 1892 the grapevines succumbed to phylloxera, but after a brief set-back, American seedlings resistant to the parasite were grown and the winery began to flourish.
Today you can tour the active winery and see one of the huge wine cellars that were carved into Mt. Carmel over a century ago.
This short video shows  a bit of charming Zichron and the new Center for Wine Culture

* Elma's website is a work in progress, and the hotel/arts complex itself is nearing completion and its official opening.
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23 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Ah Dina noooooooooooo! I can't eat them off the laptop screen! Thou art cruel! ;-)

VP said...

Grape leaves?

Dina said...

Ciel, come on over and eat!

VP, yeah, you know, dolmades, stuffed with rice and meat?

Kay said...

Ahhh... rice and meat. I was wondering what they were stuffed with. Sounds wonderful!

William Kendall said...

I'm reminded of cabbage rolls, looking at this, Dina.

ellen b said...

Good Golly that's a lot of stuffed Grape leaves! Nice choice for the letter G!

Photo Cache said...

Oh yum!

My ABC WEDNESDAY

ChrisJ said...

I have eaten these several times when visiting my friend from Lebanon. Mmm Mmm good!

Roger Owen Green said...

These ARE great!

ROG, ABCW

Hildred said...

Looking delicious and quite exotic.

Karl Demetz said...

Today I have seen something new again, Dina.
Must be good !

sarala said...

Truly tasty. Will any grape leaves do? We have wild grape vines here. They don't produce any grapes to speak of but they have plenty of leaves. I'll have to look this up.

Dina said...

Sarala, I don't know. I never make stuffed anything. :)

fredamans said...

Not something I have had before. Would love to try though.

VP said...

Sorry, I wasn't familiar with that!

Birdman said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
This is all I'll say.

Joy said...

Wow that is lot of dolmades, I only eat them if someone else makes them!

Hels said...

I am a pisco-ovo-lacto food fan and so my best reason for aliyah would be the food :) A place of mixed entrees, including dolmades, is the perfect start to a meal on a hot summer day.

Bergson said...

I never eat eating like this

Trubes said...

Hello Dina, I like those, I first tried them in Cyprus then in Turkey where they are generally known as Dolmus,
A Dolmus in Turkey is also a mini bus renown for stuffing as many passengers on board as possible, I've even been on one that had a lady and a goat on it. She was on her way to market to sell the goat.. that was the poor goat's last ride!
Going back to the savoury Dolmus, I've made them with stuffed vine leaves and a fragrant spicy minced lamb and rice mix, they are so delicious, your look divine.
Hope you and you friends enjoyed them.
best wishes,
Di. ABCW team.

tulika singh said...

Thanks for sharing something new Dina. Are you supposed to discard the leaves or do you eat them up too?

Dina said...

Tulika Singh, shalom. The grape leaves are meant to be eaten. I personally do not like them, but many people in certain parts of the world do.

Sara Lorayne said...

I've been catching up on your Elma Hotel posts. What a marvelous place.