Living in a hut on the dunes outside of Tel Aviv, Ziona Cohen’s mother Esther Pitchon cooked simply during the week, reserving special dishes like bourekas, or flaky triangular pastries stuffed with potatoes and cheese, for Shabbat. Her Saturday morning breakfast menu showed touches of her family’s Turkish roots — Esther was from Izmir, her father Shmuel from Istanbul — like hard boiled eggs served alongside the bourekas. Esther would end the meal with sütlaç, a classic Turkish rice pudding that’s topped with cinnamon and served cold. While it’s a sweet ending to any meal, it feels most decadent when it’s served as Esther did, as part of a weekend breakfast.
Read more of Ziona and Esther’s stories here and try their bourekas recipe.