Beetroot salad with pomegranate

beetroot salad with orange, red onion & pomegranate seeds

The pomegranate is a highly symbolic and significant fruit in Jewish tradition. Legend has it that every pomegranate contains exactly 613 seeds – the same as the number of mitzvot (commandments) in the Torah. The calyx at the end of a pomegranate resembles a 6-pointed star of David. The robe of …

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Carrot & butter-bean tagine

Carrot & butter-bean tagine

Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain. Autumn’s here all right. Soggy leaves, grey sky, the house under siege by MASSIVE spiders, and all the ‘seasonal’ germs rearing their ugly heads again. Ugh. Having spent the entire day trapped indoors with a very snotty Kipper (At what age do they learn to blow …

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Apple and honey cookies

apple and honey cookies

As much as I enjoy honey cake, I do find that Rosh Hashanah baking can get a bit, well, samey. I know it’s traditional and all that, but still, can’t we ring the changes a little bit? Please? This year I decided to try and make some apple and honey cookies. …

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Crunchy autumn slaw with ginger-honey-yogurt dressing – Rosh Hashanah salad

Autumn vegetable slaw

There are many symbolic foods which are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year. The most well known are apples and honey, which are consumed for a ‘sweet new year’. Another commonly eaten food is carrots, which are often made into tsimmes – a sweet, slow-cooked carrot …

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Ice-cream puffs (profiteroles)

ice-cream filled profiteroles

The inspiration for this utterly fabulous dessert came from a friend – let’s call her Polly – who, while pregnant, ate an entire box of frozen mini-eclairs, without waiting for them to thaw out first. You can get away with that sort of thing when you’re expecting, but people are generally …

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Creamy leek, spinach & smoked mackerel savoury crumble

spinach, leek & smoked mackerel savoury crumble

I haven’t made a savoury crumble for at least 15 years, probably longer. But for some reason, it was exactly what I fancied. Perhaps it’s the nip in the air that signals autumn is on its way? Perhaps the shorter evenings? Whatever it was, a creamy, smoky filling topped with …

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Nobbly-bobbly spiced chocolate biscoff fruit & nut crispy cake bites

Catchy title, no? Kipper had a friend to stay on a sleepover – you can’t begin to imagine the excitement – and ever neurotic about them running out of fun activities, I came up with far too many things for them to do. (In the event, they mostly just played nicely …

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Garden tomato salad with olives, Greek basil & sumac

tomato salad with olives, greek basil and sumac

The heirloom tomato plants in our garden have finally started to produce delicious ripe tomatoes, and we are now at the stage of eating them at every meal, and giving them away to anyone who’ll take them The tomatoes really are delicious with very little in the way of embellishment …

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Roly-poly sandwiches (plus a short rant in favour of BLW)

roly-poly sandwiches

There is a monthly blogging event I often take part in called Family Foodies. Each month bloggers are invited to submit recipes on a particular theme, for instance pasta dishes, picnic foods, healthy desserts and so on. It’s always fun to read the entries and get plenty of cooking inspiration. …

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