Silver Travel Cook Club

Silver Travel Cook Club – June 2021

Wendy Wu Tours This month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a recipe for sabich, inspired by sponsor Wendy Wu Tours’ ‘Ancient Israel Escorted Group Tour’.

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Masada fortress Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, here you’ll explore Jaffa – the world’s oldest active harbour, before travelling to Caesarea to view the fascinating Roman ruins. Travel to the shores of the famous Sea of Galilee and then onto Tabgha to the site of the miracle of Loaves and Fishes.

Admire the spectacular surroundings as you drive through the scenic Jordan Valley, into Palestinian Territory, and ride a cable car to the Quarental Monastery on the sensational Mount of Temptations. You’ll get to float in the rejuvenating waters of the Dead Sea and explore the ruins of the iconic Masada Fortress.

In Bethlehem, enjoy an authentic Palestinian dancing show whilst feasting on delicious, traditional cuisine, and in Mount Zion visit the Cenacle, King David’s Tomb and Dormition Abbey, before heading to Mount of Olives to discover the Church of Ascension. Before your flight home from Tel Aviv, you’ll explore some of the most famous sites in Jerusalem – Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, and end the day with a Shabbat dinner prepared by a local Rabbi.

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Tel Aviv and Jaffa

Recipe: Sabich

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 large pitta breads
  • ½ aubergine, cut into 1 cm thick slices
  • 1 tomato, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cucumber, chopped
  • 3 cabbage leaves shredded (red or white)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp white or red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 3 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • Salt and pepper to season


Brush the aubergine slices with olive oil and place in a griddle pan over a medium-high heat. Fry on both sides until golden brown and soft. Sprinkle the aubergine with salt and set aside.

Sabich In a bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, 1 tsp of lemon juice and parsley together. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

In another bowl, toss the cabbage with the vinegar and season with salt.

To make the dressing, mix the tahini and yoghurt until smooth, then add the remaining lemon juice and 1 tbsp of water. Stir until smooth and season to taste.

Warm the pitta bread in a toaster and slice to form a pocket

To assemble

Spread the hummus inside the pitta

Then place the fried aubergine on top and drizzle each slice with the tahini sauce

Then top the aubergine with the sliced eggs, pickled cabbage and cucumber/tomato mixture

Top tip: To add an even more authentic taste, spread some amba (pureed mango pickle) on the pitta after the hummus.

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Travelling the world, you encounter dozens of different cuisines and flavours, from spicy aromas in India, olive oil and garlic in the Mediterranean to lemon grass and chilli in Thailand.

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about some of the delicious flavours you’ve experienced.

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