Mint shows up in Sephardic salads, meatballs and sauces, where the Ashkenazi palate least expects them. Admittedly, mint is an acquired taste. Both refreshing and bold, mint is alluring precisely because it can’t be tamed.
While July in Philadelphia is sure to be doused in red, white and blue — Independence Day and the Democratic National Convention are around the corner — now the Old City Jewish Art Center is also getting involved in the festivities.
Like many meat curries and kebabs, they are often either marinated in yogurt or finished with ghee (clarified butter), which presents a problem in the dairy/meat realm. But a smidge of coconut milk solves that problem, resulting in terrific flavor and texture.