Fun Times with Gil Hovav Israeli Food Writer, Part 1

Episode 15


Guest: Gil Hovav

Fun Times with Israeli Food Writer Gil Hovav, Part 1

I’ve had a great time talking with Gil Hovav in this episode, learning about his family history, his experience as a food writer, as a TV star and all-around fun  guy. His energy and cool ideas don’t quit. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I loved being in conversation with him. And a heads up– you may want to have some hummus on hand because you could find yourself awfully hungry for anything Israeli by the time we are finished with Part 1.


Grandmother’s Zchug

Grandmother’s Zchug


  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves
  • 20 green chili peppers
  • 1 head of garlic
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. cardamom


  1. Peel garlic cloves. Discard stems of green peppers. Place both in a food processor and pulse until a coarse paste.
  2. Roughly chop coriander leaves and add to the food processor together with the rest of the ingredients. Process until you get a shiny green paste.
  3. Fill jars or small plastic containers with the prepared relish and store in the refrigerator.