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


I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen for over three decades, and sharing recipes online since 2014. I like to draw on Jewish traditions and seasonal ingredients to create innovative and delicious meat-free food, and take inspiration from British, European and Middle Eastern food heritage. Becoming a mum refocused my attention on preparing healthy, nutritious food, as well as making it delicious. 

My first book, Helen’s delicious Pesach, reached no. 1 in the Amazon kosher food chart when it was published in 2015. My recipes have been featured by Joy of Kosher, The Jewish Week, The Jewish Hour radio show, The Jewish Telegraph, BabyCentre, Metro and others.

I 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 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. You may also like my Pinterest boards – I add new things there almost every day.



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  1. Hello Helen, I am enjoying all the vegan recipes on your site. We are hosting Pesach this year and I need all the help I can get. Lol. All the best-

  2. Hi Helen, Just made you lovely apple and blackberry crumble cake with beautiful blackberries gathered from the hedgerows of Carmarthenshire….absolutely gorgeous, thank you so much.

  3. 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 πŸ™‚
      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.

  4. 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

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

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