Parsnip soup with pears, ginger and coconut

Parsnip soup with pears, coconut & ginger

I can’t lie, this parsnip soup was basically a way to use up some rapidly ripening pears. I really love pears, when they’re just at the point of ripeness – soft, fragrant and juicy. Perfect. DH always claimed not to like pears, and this I suspect was largely because he …

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Vegan apple & pomegranate jelly

Vegan apple & pomegranate jelly

We have vegan friends joining us for dinner on Rosh Hashanah, so I was trying to come up with something vaguely interesting for dessert instead of the inevitable fruit salad and “sorry this has got eggs/cream in it.”  I was musing on the possibilities afforded by pomegranates and apples, both …

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Baked sweet potato with spiced butter

baked sweet potato

These are so easy to make I almost feel ashamed at calling this a ‘recipe’. But they are SO delicious! It’s astonishing what you can do with just three simple ingredients. These sweet potatoes are also a perfect, virtually-no-effort Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year) side dish, which is why I’m telling …

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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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