Is it kosher?

I am a vegetarian. Ovo-lacto. So I do eat eggs, drink milk, I love cheese. No fish though. It’s not a plant.

I love Mediterranean cuisine… The vegetables, the olive oil, the pasta, the tabbouleh, the meze…. keep ’em coming! And there’s always a falafel place somewhere close-by.

FoodAnd here I love the kosher version of it all. Ok, kosher has nothing to do with being vegetarian as such, I know.

But it comes with a great treat for an ovo-lacto, like me: if it’s kosher, there are no hidden surprises. No hidden bacon or salami when I bite into a cheese sandwich… No lard in the bread/cheese roll… it’s all neatly separated. If there’s cheese or milk, I’m on the safe side.

It is much easier than in Japan, where meat and fish are present in many dishes. The problem there was that, in their understanding, when I asked if something contained meat, the answer was not always clear, because it was no longer seen as a single ingredient, but part of the dish. It’s not fish, its an Takoyaki… but will contain fish, nonetheless.

My general ignorance of the food rules leads to some funny scenes though. At the supermarket, I bought a couple of different bread rolls, and put them all together in a plastic bag.

DinnerBig confusion, they told me I could not put them in the bag together… Had I violated an unknown kosher rule…?

Turns out, it was simple either price per piece or by weight concept… sometimes i am also over-interpreting it all!

I also like discovering all those common Yiddish words, that still exist in the kitchen… from milchig (milk products) to fleischig (containing meat), gehackte (chopped) to fress (overeat).

And I did overeat a bit here, but not nearly as much as I wanted, I simply could not afford to go out in a restaurant every day. But, as it is mostly fresh and healthy, in the end, I feel like I even may have lost some weight here.