How to jazz up your jackets! No more boring baked potatoes…

Baked potato inspiration

Kipper has a dance class one afternoon a week, which means that we don’t get home till 6 o’clock, so dinner has to be ready and waiting for us when we come in. For months I’ve worked hard to create bakes and casseroles and risottos and things that could cook in …

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Israeli vegetable salad

Diced fresh, ripe vegetables, lightly dressed with olive oil, lemon juice & herbs - delicious! Serve with falafel, shakshuka, or even eat it for breakfast!

Between school and university, I spent the year in Israel with a group of like-minded people from Habonim-Dror. We were based on a kibbutz, and each of us was ‘adopted’ by a kibbutz family for the duration of our stay. It was a great way to feel welcomed and part …

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Incredible lemon & cinnamon charoset with pine nuts

An unbelievably delicious combination of nuts, lemon, cinnamon and apple - from North Africa via Italy. This charoset will revolutionise your seder!

So, you know that moment at the seder when everyone fights over the last bit of charoset….? No? No, I’d never experienced it before last year either, now you mention it. Which was the first time I made this incredibly delicious lemon & cinnamon charoset. Seriously, we licked the bowl …

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Sahlab – sweet, creamy hot drink AND ancient aphrodisiac!

Rich, creamy & delicious, topped with nuts and cinnamon, sahlab is a winter treat!

As a child, I visited Israel pretty often with my family. I have lots of cousins, aunts and uncles there (and friends, too!) so we typically went at least once a year. However, these trips were almost always in the summer, and my first memory of Israel in the winter …

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Spice-roasted cauliflower & broccoli with warm olive couscous salad

spice-roasted cauliflower & broccoli with warm olive couscous salad

This is the sort of vegetarian meal that many meat-eaters – my own dearest DH included – often complain about, as it consists basically of side dishes, with no identifiable lump of protein to be seen. However, to such people I say, get a grip – it’s delicious! You may …

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Tomato soup with gnocchi and aubergine ‘croutons’

Creamy tomato soup with gnocchi and aubergine croutons

Do you ever struggle to prepare food that meets everyone’s likes and dislikes? Family meal preparation is an exercise in compromise, at least it is in this house. Nobody is particularly fussy, but everyone has their favourite ingredients, and those that they don’t like so much. Creating meals that balance …

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Spiralized sweet potato latkes… in the waffle-maker!

Sometimes, circumstances combine in unlikely ways to create something fabulous. I think it’s called serendipity. In this case, I had a giant sweet potato from my organic veg box, I was mulling the possibilities for interesting latkes ahead of Chanukah, and I had waffle-makers (and spiralisers) on the brain, having …

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Garlic & rosemary scalloped potato roast

garlic & rosemary scalloped potato roast

The nights are starting to draw in, and thoughts are turning to delicious dishes of comforting potato, creamy soft within, crispy on top, and flavoured with deliciousness. Mmmm. I do love a potato dish that can be part-prepared in advance, then left in a pre-set oven so it’s cooked and …

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