CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — Enjoy this tribute to “nosh”

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, May 1, 2024

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Texans tend to munch, but I love the word “nosh.”

I’m getting a Yiddish origin of nashn, from Middle High German naschen, “to eat on the sly.”

It’s got the snack and the sneak!

There’s a new cookbook called “Nosh.”


Can I blow your mind for a moment with the concept of an “Everything Bagle “Fattoush” Salad with Za’atar Cheeseballs?”

Are we sure we have a good grip on all the words in this title?

Trust Micah Siva, who explains it pretty well, and makes us crave the flavors in “Nosh: Plant-Forward Recipes Celebrating Modern Jewish Culture.”

There’s a Shabbat Matrix suggesting homemade challah, wine spritzers and hand-dipped candles if you fall in the “lots of time” slot.

The “more time” area calls for store-bought challah and wine.

Little time?

Go for bread, grape juice and a tea light.

Herbed Horseradish Salad, Pomegranate Lentil Tabbouleh and Beet Baba Ghanoush with Pomegranate are proof that dining is a fantastic way to learn a culture. Hummus variations include red pepper harissa and Zhoug.

Going easy on the meats?

Try pulled mushroom and tofu “brisket,” jackfruit and white bean “shawarma” and “sesame tofu “schnitzel.”

Save room for dessert. This is a thick book. It would take until next Passover to enjoy all these bites.

Should Mayochup exist? – A squeeze bottle Heinz Mayochup caught my eye. Then I had to look away. Imagine squeezing out a pinkish blend of mayonnaise and ketchup right on to your plate of….. fries?

I’m sure there are lots of uses for this prouduct. If Heinz chooses to add it to the way more than 57 varieties, it must be a “thing.”

But not my thing. Readers?

You are you craving this now?

SorBabes – Don’t tell regular ice cream, but we’re on a break. SorBabes are real fruit, dairy-free treats on a stick with variations such as Berries & Cocoa Crisp, Strawberries & Cream and a banana fix. My boxes say “new recipe.” Best friends created this partnership of sorbet and finance and planting fruit trees and making delicious goodies. There. More at

Darragh Doiron is a Southeast Texas foodie ready to nosh all night. Share with her at