Helen GoldreinHello! I’m Helen, a 40-something modern Jewish mum living in beautiful Cambridge, UK.


I’ve named my blog after three of life’s most important things – family, friends and food. The occasions when you get all three together are some of the best times you can have.

I’ve been cooking (and experimenting with!) kosher food for as long as I can remember, and I love being able to share some of what I’ve learned here. Becoming a mum refocused my attention on preparing healthy food, as well as making it delicious. 

Most of the recipes here are those I cook regularly to serve to my family and friends – food that is quick, easy, nutritious and tasty, providing maximum yumminess for minimal input. You’ll find food for parties, Jewish festivals (yom tovim) and Shabbat (the Jewish sabbath) – plus all the British holidays we celebrate too! We usually eat a meat-free diet, so the recipes are mostly vegetarian, with the occasional fish dish. According to the Jewish dietary laws (kashrut), all the recipes here are milchig (milky) or parev (neither milky nor meaty). 

Before I dedicated my life to food, I used to work in media & public relations. If you are a PR or brand and would like to work with me, please get in touch.

I hope you enjoy exploring family-friends-food, and maybe trying a recipe or two. Feel free to comment, or send me a message via the contact page. You can also get my new recipes straight to your inbox by subscribing here.

All the best!
Helen x.

PS You can also join me on Facebook by clicking here, and twitter by clicking here @fuelledbytea. You may also like my Pinterest boards – I add new things there almost every day.



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  1. I found your page via The Jewish Mother competition and have just spent a lovely morning reading your blog when I should have been doing all sorts of preparation for Pesach. I have been doing Slimming World since January 2014 and have been a target member since September and I look forward to trying a few of your recipes very soon (some of the fish and soup ones look especially Slimming World friendly!) x

    • Thanks Helen! Apologies for keeping you from your Pesach preparation. Somehow it all gets done in time in the end 🙂
      Good luck with Slimming World – I’m glad at least a few of my recipes are suitable! I hope you enjoy them. Have a great Pesach and all the best, Helen.

  2. Hello – I’m trying to link to your site to receive new posts via email and hope what I’ve done is correct! thanks Catherine – central France

  3. That is awesome Helen! I look forward to all your “goodness”…
    Maggie Langdon – Tennessee, USA

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