Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A momentous day (but miles to go)

In case you get the wrong idea, this post is about potty training, not elections. Not to digress from the theme of the past few posts, but yesterday was a momentous day in my household: Yousuf, whose morbid fear of sitting on our toilet I'm sure Frued who have a field day with, finally made his own little, um, you know what, in a potty of his own. See, the regular toilet (which he once loved in days gone by) wasn' working for us, even witha cover. So we opted for a little potty instead (called "nunu" or "nuniah" here in gaza). He seems to enjoy sitting on it (although that's the extend of it, going is another matter). Yesterday we had our first successful experience however (which has since not been repeated). At least we are making progress beyond the pee pee-stained persian rugs that I am sure my father is going to bill me for one day.

Interestingy, the nunu is actually Israeli made. It made me realize how many things here that are so staple are Israeli products (especially now that the Karni commercial crossing is closed for over 20 days, subject of another post). There is even this candy that is very populuar here-this puff of marshmellow creme/meringue on top of a butter biscuit and all covered with chocolate and foil. We call it it "kosha", but I realized the foil has hebrew on it. My aunt says she remember it being introduced after 1967. So if any of you Israelis out there can help me out here-tell me if you know what I"m talking about and what you call it to satisfy my curiosity...

ok addendum to this post, i was informed the sweet in question is called "krembo". You can see a picture on that link. Apparently the forerunner is a danish variant of the krembo, which was introduced to Israel in 1966 by the Whitman Company.


Blogger ratttu said...


This is at least how we used to call it 25 years ago when I was growing up.
I never liked the biscuit, I found the texture too hard it gave me the creeps, but I knew that's the price you have to pay if you want to eat the soft sugary part.

And then there were hours of trying to get the foil smooth - but completely completly smooth.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Dan Eisenberg said...

do you get all the flavors or only the chocolate with vanilla cream inside. My friend wrote a whole post Dr. Weil on it.

Have a good day

2:59 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Isn't capitalism great? You mentioned the krembo was introduced to Isreal by the Whitman Company. I'm a New Jersey resident,and several years ago our Governor was Christy Whitman. Naturally, she's wealthy (after all, her family company exports to the whole world.) Yet to balance the State budget, she "borrowed" money from the State employee pension; and never paid it back. Once again, welcome to Democracy. Anyway, pass my hardy congratulations on to Yousuf.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Shlofn Riz said...

This candy is called Krembo in Israel.

The name is actually the brand name of the most famous (and best one of them), and there are other (cheaper) brands as well.

For the english folks this cookie is similar to the "Tea Cakes", though they are a bit bigger.

Shlofn Riz

9:10 PM  
Blogger Laila said...

Only vanilla. I always thought it was marshmallow creme, but its only meringue? I never eat the biscuit it tasted gross.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Israel you can get mocha flavored as well...

11:15 PM  

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