Debra Bokur



Debra Rawsthorne Bokur has spent over 25 years traveling the world as a writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She is particularly fascinated with how ancient healing practices have found their way into modern settings, and how diverse cultures approach the concepts of balance, health and wellbeing. Bokur serves as the Travel Editor at Healing Lifestyles & Spas, and contributes regularly to a variety of media outlets including Global Traveler Magazine and Wine Country Network’s national radio program. Visit her website at

Minty Sage Herbal Tea
Teas and herbal tisanes are popular throughout the Middle East. This blend of fresh spearmint and sage is particularly tasty, and provides the soothing and cooling benefits of mint with the medicinal properties of sage, including itsability to ease indigestion.
Watercress Salad with Dates, Cranberries, and Orange
Named Tu B’Shevat Salad, for the Jewish holiday that translates to “New Year for Trees,” this salad features festive, seasonal fruits.
Recipes for peace
Anyone who has ever lingered over a table long after the serving bowls are empty knows that sharing a meal is one of the most beautiful ways that people connect. A small, multicultural congress of chefs called Chefs for Peace has taken that concept to heart, illustrating through their work that nourishment extends to a level far deeper than satisfying mere hunger. Enjoy these recipes from Chefs for Peace member Moshe Basson, of Eucalyptus restaurant in Jerusalem.
Tahini Butter Cookies with Seasonal Fruit
Fresh fruit, dressed with a yogurt-honey blend (both traditional Middle Eastern foods) and accompanied by these delicate cookies, adds a sweet, not-too-heavy ending to any meal.
Middle Eastern pantry
Israel may be known as the land of milk and honey, but when it comes to her culinary offerings, there's far more to explore. Thanks to the popularity of global cuisines, the traditional pantry ingredients featured here can be found in most natural foods stores, specialty food shops, Middle Eastern food markets, and online.
Street Vendor's Vegetable Salad
A staple throughout Israel and the Middle East, this cool, colorful salad is often offered by street vendors and food stands for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Saffron-Scented Chicken with Rice, Eggplant, and Cauliflower
Chef Moshe Basson describes this dish as the embodiment of what Chefs for Peace stand for. "Together, the ingredients taste better than each does standing alone. Each ingredient keeps its identity, just as people of different faiths and backgrounds can retain their own identity, yet still work together to create something beautiful and strong."
Baked White Fish with Tomato and Dill
Fish from lakes and the Mediterranean have been important food sources throughout Israel's history, and this simple preparation is typical of the region.
Fresh Figs Stuffed with Mushrooms and Pecans
Serve these delectable mushroom-stuffed appetizers to wow your guests.
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
A member of the sunflower family, Jerusalem artichokes (also called sunchokes) are sweeter and nuttier than regular potatoes, and exert less effect on blood sugar.
"B" safe
Here's proof that too much of a good thing may not be such a good thing after all: Taken in doses exceeding 250 mg daily, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) can have a toxic effect on your nervous system.
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