The entire concept of eating sunflower seeds is funny because it's one of the most favorite snacks people eat in Israel, and shops selling it can be found on most street, corners running 24 hours a day, whereas in Australia it's almost completely unknown (replaced by alcohol consumption instead). Those Australian that see me eating sunflower seeds live are always shocked and awed by my performance - that art of cracking the seed and consuming the shell ever so quickly using just one hand to deliver the seed from the plate to the mouth, an art most Israelis have mastered at childhood. Jo keeps on saying how she wants me to demo sunflower seeding to her family when we see them, because this act would be so foreign to them and because by their book sunflower seeds are strictly parrot food.
After coming to
From time to time I did stumble upon a shop that sold the precious seeds, but they always turned out to be less than satisfactory. The seeds were either way too small or they were obviously cooked by infidels not fluent with the art of proper roasting and smoking (it's the smoking that gives the shell the taste that takes control over the mouth when you eat sunflower seeds; the seeds themselves are pretty neutral in taste).
Then, about a year and a half ago, we discovered the Lebanese shop next to the Aldi shop by
But last week things have changed: that Lebanese shop has replaced their sunflower seeds with some other type. I got my usual share and gave them a try at home. And since then I haven't stopped smiling!
The new sunflower seeds are pure excellence. They don't fall short of the best
Since we got the new type at home a week ago I've been eating them like there's no tomorrow. The effect on my stomach has been all too obvious: I've been slowly yet steadily gaining weight for a few years now, but over the last week I could see as my stomach got larger and larger. And now with stocks of quality sunflower seeds at easy reach, I will need to find a way to eat them and stay [relatively] slim without reverting too exercise [that I can't be bothered to do].
So, what am I trying to say here?
I'm trying to say that it's a bit ironic that while Hezbollah is targeting missiles at the Israeli town of
As someone who is still an Israeli citizen (even though I would gladly give up on that if it weren't for the obvious grief it would cause my family and the trouble I'd face each time I try to enter or depart from Israel for a family visit), I have always maintained that before Israel blames certain Arab factions for doing bad things, it should look upon itself first and apply the principle of universality on what it is doing. Or, to put it in other words, it should apply old Rabbi Hillel's summary of the Bible in one sentence upon itself: "do not do unto others what you wouldn't want them to do to you".
And what is
Am I saying that
As I said before, most of my sympathy towards