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I just fell in love with a girl named Halva...

...to paraphrase Neil Diamond (Taproot Manuscript liner notes. Yup, I'm old.  8-))

I do most of my shopping in LIDL. And as the crisis crunches down, you see more and more pricey cars parked in their forecourt. Anyway, once in awhile they have a special deal with foods from other countries...this week was Greece. I picked up a box of Macedonian style halva with cocoa. And fell fathoms deep in love.

It's vegan, unlike our Spanish turrón which is made with almonds, honey and eggwhite. This halva is made with tahineh, veg oil (probably hydrogenated, given the "bubbly" Aero-bar type texture, but I live for danger), cocoa, and vanilla. But the taste did remind us very much of turrón. I don't even want to think about calories.

If there's any left next week I'm bringing it home. :)>>> :)>>>

I may have to stop at LIDL tomorrow and give that a try.  ;)b

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I share your passion!

But, I always thought of Halvah as a boy?

Anyway, don't think about calories when you eat it. It's off the charts!

A nice Halvah-inspired breakfast? Tahini mixed with liquid sweetener and spread on toast! (I use honey as I'm not strictly vegan, but I'm sure maple syrup would work nicely too)

BTW - Congratulations to Spain on the European Cup! I'm sure the enthusaism is out of control over there!

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A nice Halvah-inspired breakfast? Tahini mixed with liquid sweetener and spread on toast! (I use honey as I'm not strictly vegan, but I'm sure maple syrup would work nicely too)

Or molasses. It's very good.

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I share your passion!

But, I always thought of Halvah as a boy?

Anyway, don't think about calories when you eat it. It's off the charts!

A nice Halvah-inspired breakfast? Tahini mixed with liquid sweetener and spread on toast! (I use honey as I'm not strictly vegan, but I'm sure maple syrup would work nicely too)

BTW - Congratulations to Spain on the European Cup! I'm sure the enthusaism is out of control over there!

I was quoting Neil Diamond's phrase, "When I was twelve, I fell in love with a woman named Gospel."

This was so light and airy, and "Alva" is a woman's name here so...but I see your point. (Reminds me of the time one of my students asked me how I like my coffee and without thinking I replied: "Same way I like my men: strong, hot and sweet."  :-X)

Your idea for breakfast sounds good, I bet it would be good with brown rice syrup too.

It was nice to see all of Spain come together for the victories in footy. No one could believe we made the semis, and when we won the final, instead of roaring the goal as they might do for a local match, there was this deafening silence while people stared at their sets and each other and went, "WHAT?" About half an hour later, though, the city went mad. You couldn't use your cellphone because everyone was phoning or texting everyone else.

My husband actually sat up and watched the last three matches of the championship. :o WOW. He is not usually a football fan.

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oh that stuff is great! they have like three kinds i can get here: normal, cocoa, and "swirl" (both together, marbled).

i hear a loud cat cry. must investigate.  ::)

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I was quoting Neil Diamond's phrase, "When I was twelve, I fell in love with a woman named Gospel."

This was so light and airy, and "Alva" is a woman's name here so...but I see your point. (Reminds me of the time one of my students asked me how I like my coffee and without thinking I replied: "Same way I like my men: strong, hot and sweet."  :-X)

Your idea for breakfast sounds good, I bet it would be good with brown rice syrup too.

It was nice to see all of Spain come together for the victories in footy. No one could believe we made the semis, and when we won the final, instead of roaring the goal as they might do for a local match, there was this deafening silence while people stared at their sets and each other and went, "WHAT?" About half an hour later, though, the city went mad. You couldn't use your cellphone because everyone was phoning or texting everyone else.

My husband actually sat up and watched the last three matches of the championship. :o WOW. He is not usually a football fan.

I often miss cultural allusions - I guess I had a little puritanical upbringing with little TV or secular music - so I'm just out of the loop now!

As for football/soccer - when it's your national team playing at this level, everyone's a fan - even those who don't know a homerun from a goal!

Congrats on Spain's win!

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I have never even heard of halva, what kind of stores carry it?

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I have never even heard of halva, what kind of stores carry it?

I've seen halva at health food stores.  I've never tried it, buy perhaps I'll check into it.

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It's generally considered a vaguely Middle Eastern food, so in addition to health food stores, Arab, Israeli, Palestinian, and Greek groceries are likely to carry it. It might also be in the Kosher section of your neighborhood grocery.

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I just found this recipe http://mideastfood.about.com/od/dessertssweetspastries/r/halva.htm

I wonder what would be a good sub for unsalted butter.  :-\ EB Shortening sticks?

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This isn't the same thing. There is also a dessert called Halva, which is a grain-based thing. Greeks make it with Semolina traditionally. It kind of reminds me of a molded bread pudding. (it is also usually vegan). The recipe you found seems closer to this other dessert.

But the Halvah in question here is a candy made out of sesame seeds and sugar - and that's about all. It's mores similar to a sesame flavoured fudge.

Its an unfortunate case of homophone confusion.

Sorry to disappoint.  :-\

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Okay...Let's play 'who wants to help MDVegan find a recipe?'!!!!!  I don't live near any cool stores and I miss Toblerone so I'm thinking I can combine this Halva stuff with rice-milk chocolate...

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Sorry - that variety in that brand is not vegan, but Amazon has many brands and sizes to choose from - since you don't have a cool store nearby.

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oh yum!  We have a little Mediterranean market just opened in my area (its great, because they have a deli where they serve falafil wraps and hummus etc)  Anyway,  I had forgotten about Halva...  My Grand father was from Greece and my Father always would buy halva when i was a kid.. he used to make sandwiches out of it.. or eat it like a treat..  I was so happy when i saw halva at this market! 

I too, share your passion for Halva!

:)>>>

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