World’s greatest roast potatoes

Roast potatoes

UPDATE 20 October 2014: There is a monthly Jewish food challenge called the Kosher Connection that I sometimes participate in. This month’s theme is “The One Food You Would Want If Stranded On An Island.” I thought quite hard about this, and decided that I’d probably want the ultimate comfort …

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Welly boot crumble – apples, blackberries and walnuts

apple, blackberry & walnut crumble

Kipper and I spent a lovely morning in the woods and came away with a load of windfall apples. We had nothing to carry them in, so stashed them in Kipper’s wellies. (Don’t worry, she had other shoes with her!) Kipper thought this was absolutely HILARIOUS. Anyway, once they were …

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Parsnip & carrot kugel – egg- and dairy-free

carrot & parsnip kugel

Kugel is a very traditional Ashkenazi Jewish food, with the two classic variants being potato, and lokshen (noodle). In essence, kugel is a starchy baked pudding, usually bound together with eggs. Potato kugel is typically savoury but lokshen kugel is more usually sweet, often with dried fruit and sometimes held together with a …

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Bulgar stuffed courgettes with pine nuts (vegan)

courgette stuffed with bulgar wheat, vegetables & pine nuts

A long, long time ago, when I lived in Israel and had a vegan flatmate, I used to make variations on this dish quite regularly. It always went down well as part of a large-scale Shabbat meal for a crowd. And, as these things occasionally do, this dish bubbled up …

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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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