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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 27, 2018 By Chaya Rappoport (The Nosher via JTA)--Harissa is a spicy, rich-flavored North African chili paste and it is one of my favorite condiments to use in the kitchen. It is traditionally made with roasted red pepper, chiles, garlic, and a mixture of spices, depending on the family and exact origin. You can easily find several varieties in the supermarket (usually in the ethnic foods aisle), but I prefer making my own, in part so I can control the level of spice. A traditional Nicoise salad features baby potatoes, haricot verts, European-style tuna, olives and hard boiled egg. In this ampedoup version, many of the traditional elements remain, but the tuna is swapped for a harissa-smothered salmon and preserved lemon is added for some North African authenticity, which makes it brighter and punchier. Nicoise purists might balk at this recipe, but I promise: This spiced salmon salad is delicious, filling and perfect to enjoy all summer. Notes: * You can simplify this recipe by buying harissaalready made. * Don't stress about making your own dressing--you can also dress it simply with olive oil and lemon juice or white wine vinegar. * You can prepare the salmon, potatoes, haricot verts and hard-boiled eggs ahead of time, and when ready to serve, simply assemble. It makes it a great dish for entertaining or Shabbat lunch. Ingredients: For the salad: 4 ounces small red and purple potatoes Kosher salt 4 ounces haricots verts (string beans), trimmed 4 ounces heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved crosswise i or 2 hard boiled eggs, halved crosswise 4 cups lettuce and~or mixedgreens, washed, dried and chopped 1/4 cup black or Nicoise olives, pitted Flaky salt and fresh black pepper, for serving For the salmon: 6 ounces fresh salmon, skin removed 2 tablespoons olive oil Prepared harissa (around 1/2 cup to i cup depending on size of salmon and your preference) For the harissa: i large red pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small red onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 dried red chiles i tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 cup fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ras el hanout 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika For the dressing: 4 oil-packed anchovy fillets, finely minced I tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard I small shallot, finely minced I small clove garlic, finely minced I tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 teaspoons finely chopped preserved lemon peel 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions: 1. To make the harissa: Broil the red pepper on high for about 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until blackened on the outside. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool. This is called sweating, and it allows you to easily peel the skin off the pepper. Peel the pepper and discard its skin and seeds. 2. Rehydrate the chiles by placing them in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. 3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and fry the onion, garlic and rehydrated chiles for 10 to 12 minutes, until dark and smoky. Now use a blender or a food processor to combine all the harissa ingredients until smooth, adding a little more oil if needed. 4. Preheat the oven to 425 F Place salmon on a baking paper lined baking dish and rub with olive oil. Spread harissa thickly on top, reserving the rest for something else. Bake for 10 minutes. 5. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and add cold water to cover by I inch. 6. Bring to a boil, season with kosher salt and cook until fork-tender, 15-20 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a plate with a slotted spoon. 7. Return water to a boil and cook haricots verts in same saucepan until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. 8. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water. Chill until cold, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and pat dry. 9. To make the dressing: Mash the anchovies and mustard in a small bowl to form a coarse paste. Add the minced shallot, garlic and preserved lemon to the bowl; whisk in the white wine vinegar. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper as needed. 10. Using a fork, flake the harissa salmon into large pieces; halve reserved potatoes crosswise. 11. Arrange lettuce on a platter; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with half of dressing. Top with separate piles of potatoes, haricots verts, tomatoes, the hard-boiled eggs, olives and salmon. 12. Drizzle salad with remaining dressing. Sprinkle with flaky salt and pepper. Chaya Rappoport is the blogger, baker and picture taker behind Currently a pastry sous chef at a Brooklyn bakery, she's been blogging since 2012 and her work has been featured on The Feed Feed,, Food and Wine, and Conde Nast Traveler. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www. By Yaadkov Lappin es along the border. On Friday, Hamas dispatched thousands (JNS)--In its desperate of Palestinians to the border, effort to break out of isola- where rioters hurled grenades, tion and prevent the Gazan firebombs and rocks at Israel economy from collapsing, Defense Forces' soldiers. Hamas is marching Gaza to One grenade blast injured the very brink of war with an IDF officer; those behind Israel. the attackwere hit by IDF fire. All of Hamas's recent ac- The Israeli officer's condition tions are designed to use is stable, but the incident blackmail, terrorism and the marks a new level of violence. threatofwartoforceachange, Israel has been watching as well as get major funds this escalation for some time flowing into the Gaza Strip. and was not terribly surprised These efforts began sev- byit. eral months ago with mass An internal debate has been marches on Fridays and taking place over the extent border-infiltration attempts, of measures that Jerusalem That ended with a high num- can take to ease restrictions ber of casualties on May 14, on Gaza, yet doing so without butfailedtocreatesubstantial providing material or propa- change, and Hamas's strategic ganda gifts to Hamas. distress continued. It then As this debate occurs, turned to mass arson attacks Hamas, underpressure, keeps on Israel's agricultural south- upping the stakes. ern regions instead. Farms In response, the IDF andfieldsneartheborderwith launched three waves of air- Gazahaveexperienceddozens strikes on Hamas targets on Of blazes per day, costing Friday and Saturday. These tens of millions of dollars in airstrikes could be one of the damage, and burning swaths final warnings that Hamas of land. receives from Israel, calling In the past few days, Hamas on it to de-escalate. began ramping up the pres- The situation has been sure further, escalating clash- made more explosive due to a new insistence by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to respond to all Israeli strikes with projectile attacks on Israeli communities. As a result, southern Israeli communities--already deal- ingwithweeks of arson--have now a,gain been showered with mortars and rockets, with more than 100 being launched on southern Israel on Saturday. Yet both sides have stopped short of going to war. Hamas is sticking to short-range fire, and Israel's airstrikes have destroyed tunnels, command posts and other military tar- gets, but did not target senior Hamas members. The situation cannot last much longer this way. Hamas is employing a highly dangerous yet calculated strategy of brinkmanship, aimed at getting the main actors of the region--Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, as well as the in- ternational community--to recognize its rule over Gaza, end Hamas's isolation and inject major investment into the territory. Yet Hamas has been un- willing to do anything to end Gaza's isolation. It refuses to slow down its weapons- production programs. It continues to stick to a radical Islamist ideology and remains committed to the destruction of Israel, as well as the toppling of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. It plans to keep Gaza armed to the teeth, to take over the West Bank and to keep the flames of conflict alive. Trapped in its own paradox At the same time, Hamas Smoke and fire rises from a location, reported to air strike in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90 belong to Hamas following an Israeli on July 14, 2018. wants to rule over a Gaza that that awar now with Israel has solve the festering crisis fac- has its own sea port, that has nothing good to offer him. He ing Gaza's civilian economy. economic relations with its has tried and failed to launch If that ends up collapsing, neighbors, and territory in areconciliationeffortwithhis Hamas's regime will be in which the international com- rivals in the West Bank: the jeopardy due to resulting munity invests large amounts Palestinian Authority. That anarchy. Hamas would go to of money in infrastructure effort was aimed at relaxing warwithIsraelbeforeallowing and the economy, the chokeholdthat P.A. leader that to happen. As a result, Hamas contin- Mahmoud Abbas has placed That, in effect, is what ues to be trapped in its own around Gaza. Hamas is threatening to do if paradox, and cannot decide if In the past months, theno solution is found for Gaza's it is a terror entity or a state. P.A. has reduced payments economy. It's trying to dance at two forelectricitytoGaza, lowered The latest escalation be- weddings, and it is playing salaries for its employees in tween Israel and Hamas is, in with fire. Gaza and in general treats essence, an explosive attempt If Hamas has concluded Gaza as a break-away rebel to conduct negotiations, us- that it can wage endless attri- province that deserves to be ingbombsas message delivery tion against Israel's south, it punished andisolated, andcut systems. Hamas is signaling willlikelysoondiscover thatit off from funding, its desire to open Gaza to has miscalculated. Although Iran has been able to take the world, end its isolation, Israel has little desire to get some advantage of this vacu- and gain legitimacy; Israel is bogged down in Gaza's urban um, insertingcashassistance signaling that its patience is warfare jungle, itwould do so to the armedwing of Hamas, about to run out. if Hamas leaves it no choice, in addition to its support of There is no way of know- The head of llamas in Gaza, Palestinian Islamic Jihad. ing whether Hamas will back Yahya Sinwar, is likely aware But that isn't enough to down or head over the abyss.