For a little taste of Israel, make ikra (taramasalata) at home
The Romanian salata de icre (fish roe) is a staple in Israel. It's similar to the Greek version, but lighter and less pungent.
Fish roe dips are known in the U.S. mainly in their Greek version, taramasalata. It is available in many Middle Eastern and European supermarkets as well as at Whole Foods. So is the cured tarama, fish roe (usually carp), which is used to prepare the dip.
Vered Guttman is a caterer and a food writer based in Washington DC. Growing up in Israel she took her first lessons in Jewish cooking sitting at the tables of her two grandmothers, one from Poland, the other from Iraq. In Modern Manna, Vered will share a mix of new Israeli trends and old Jewish traditions, sprinkled with a distinct Sephardic flavor. Follow Vered on Twitter @veredguttman