Lens-Artists Challenge #41 – Delicious

“You are what you eat. What would YOU like to be?”

Julie Murphy



Like the painter who created the wall art above, I love a good farmers’ market. It’s among my favorite activities when I travel, and it’s also a great local resource for fresh fruits and vegetables. I’ve chosen to respond to Patti’s Delicious challenge by sharing some of the foods I’ve enjoyed in recent visits to local markets.

Various spices in a Jerusalem farmers market


“I don’t think I’ll ever grow old and say, “What was I thinking eating all those fruits and vegetables?”

Nancy S. Mure

The spices in the image above were on display in a Jerusalem farmers market. No matter what one decides to cook, some wonderful spices will make the dish even more delicious.

Various hummus flavors on display in farmers market


“Anyway, what is ‘beauty’ apart from the combination of the letters of ‘buy’ and ‘eat’?”

Alain Bremond-Torrent

In Tel Aviv I learned that the one or two flavors of hummus we eat here in the states are quite boring compared to those of the Israelis. Just think, Chocoboom hummus – how could THAT be bad?!

POMEGRANATE display in a farmers market


“Hunger gives flavor to the food.”

Amit Kalantri

Even if (like me) one is not a fan of pomegranates, it’s hard not to appreciate their beauty. The display above was a very tempting one but I decided to pass. Something about this fruit makes it one of the few I don’t enjoy. I’m definitely in the “Look don’t eat” category on this one.



“Enjoy food like that’s the only thing left in your world.”

Nikita Dudani

Olives, on the other hand, are one of my favorite foods.  A good olive or two adds wonderful flavor to most any dish (except perhaps dessert 😊). I’m a big fan of Kalamata and couldn’t be happier that the oft-recommended Mediterranean Diet includes them along with olive oil as a staple.



“Some people just don’t have what it takes to appreciate a cookie.”

James Patterson

Sometimes market items are a feast for the eyes rather than the palate. I offer exhibit A – these beautiful sunflowers which our local farmers market provides in abundance during season.



“Never ask a baker what went into a pie. Just eat.”

George R.R. Martin

Let me just say I am normally a very healthy eater, although I will admit to a sweet tooth which makes it impossible to resist my husband’s chocolate chip cookies. While in Israel however, I was persuaded to try Shawarma, pictured above. It’s one of the most popular Middle Eastern street foods, normally cooked on a vertical spit and shaved while rotating. I believe the version we tried was a combination of lamb and beef although I’m not really sure. I can only tell you it was amazingly delicious – and that’s from one who very rarely eats meat. I’m happy we don’t often see it here in the U.S. as it would be very hard to resist on a regular basis!

Thanks to Patti for her delicious challenge. Now excuse me while I go fetch a snack – this post has made me hungry! Thanks to those of you who responded to last week’s Something Different challenge. We look forward to seeing your ideas about what you find delicious.  Be sure to tag your responses with the Lens-Artists tag to help us all find them.  If you’d like more information about our challenge and how to join us, click here.









103 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #41 – Delicious

  1. So refreshingly delicious, Tina! I love farmers’ markets too – and your captures are glorious. Now I want to visit one immediately…unfortunately we don’t have them as tasty here in Sweden.

  2. Hey Tina – that meat does look good and I have seen it at a few places here in RVA – but not like that ( and I am a huge carnivore so I would be going back for seconds – 🙂 )
    and i wonder why the pomegranates were opened like that – was it to take and eat ? well not that you would – cos you would have the Kalamata olives – ha

  3. Great. That 1st quote. Now I’ll be pondering whether to eat what’s in front of me or not. Maybe I should try army food – be all you can be!; then, again, maybe not 😜. (BTW, the wall art is super!)

    • Afraid I got it wrong Nora. It’s not hummus after all. My husband let me know (as did several followers) that it’s halavah- which is often sweet. Live and learn 😊😊

    • Excellent point re the sunflower seeds Terri! Sadly I got the hummus wrong. Turns out it’s halavah, which is often sweet. But hey, maybe I’ve created a new food group LOL!

  4. Oh, those olives, shawarma, and sunflowers!! The pomegranate shot is lovely, but I thought the hummus was halva. Love the first shot of the fun with food. The olives and spices remind me of markets in Provence


    • And you were so right Janet, as my husband and a few others noted! But maybe sweet hummus could be the next great thing LOL. Glad u liked the Wall Art-it’s actually a small part of a huge piece that was really fun

  5. I love shawarma but cannot duplicate it at home. Have had great shawarma in Brooklyn.

    On Sun, Apr 14, 2019 at 6:08 AM Travels and Trifles wrote:

    > Tina Schell posted: “”You are what you eat. What would YOU like to be?” > Julie Murphy Like the painter who created the wall art above, I love a good > farmers’ market. It’s among my favorite activities when I travel, and it’s > also a great local resource for fresh fruit” >

  6. Hi Tina. We got stacks of hummus in the Arab Middle East, but I have yet to come across that Chocoboom Hummus. Must look harder! And like you, I am an avid (ravenous!) fan of shwarma, which I limit to once per week. Nice post. Regards. MB

    • Thanks Micheal. We’d never heard of shawarma so it was a real adventure for me! And the Chocoboom was unfortunately halavah rather than hummus which might explain why no ones ever heard of sweet hummus LOL

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    • It wasn’t on my list either, this one was for my husband and it was fantastic! I highly recommended a visit. As for the Chocoboom, afraid I was wrong it’s halavah, which is often sweet 😊

  8. I thought hummus was a soft food like a dip, I think you might have mistook it for halvah which is much more solid and used as a desert which would explain the whisky and chocolate flavours. Whatever it is they do look tasty and make for a great photo, and the pomegranate image is fabulous! I love markets!

  9. It would have been better reading this post after dinner not before! 😂 Wonderful photos, Tina! I had no idea there’s sweet hummus as well! Will definitely see if I can find a recipe as I just love hummus anyway (always make it myself 😊). That shot of the pomegranates has me salivating! 😂 And i agree – the Mediterranean diet is the best, fresh fruits and vegetables, a bit of meat, olives, cheese and bread – what’s not to like? 😄

  10. My Brooklyn-born husband thinks your photo of the nutella and other flavored food is halva not hummus. (Halva is a dessert made from sesame paste.) If it is halva, I’ve never seen it in so many flavors!!

    • Your Brooklyn-born husband is 100% correct Patti, as my Boston-born husband informed me!! It is indeed sweet, colorful halavah. I’m not a fan of the texture but I loved the creative flavors and colors

      • My Brooklyn-born husband says there are only 2 REAL flavors for halva–vanilla or marble! Anything else is like eating a blueberry bagel–not the real thing!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks for the verification from your Boston-born guy. 🙂

  11. Wonderful post, Tina! Your shots from Israel and the USA are marvelous, as well as the quotes. My favorite has to be the pomegranates, though. The color and shapes are spectacular. Hope your time in NY is delicious!

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