“Head of a fish” shortbread cookies for Rosh Hashanah!

head of a fish shortbread cookie

One of the more ‘out there’ symbolic foods for Rosh Hashanah has to be the head of a fish. Placed on the festive table (although rarely eaten!) it symbolises our desire to be “the head and not the tail” – leaders rather than followers, or maybe thoughtful and considered rather …

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Roasted vegetable and barley salad with creamy tahini dressing

roasted veg & barley salad

Does anyone else quake with dread at the words “three day yomtov”? Yes, when Rosh Hashanah starts on a Wednesday evening you know you’re in for SIX big festive meals in quick succession. By Shabbat lunchtime I just want to have a glass of mint tea and maybe a cracker, …

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Apple pancakes (racuchy) from Wild Honey & Rye by Ren Behan – book review

apple pancakes

It’s pretty obvious with hindsight, but for most of my life I didn’t realise that what I think of as (Ashkenazi) Jewish food is mostly just Eastern European food. Borscht, pickles, herring and rye bread… they may stand out from traditional British fare, but back in der heym they’d fit right …

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Muscat poached fruits with no-churn honey cake ice-cream (parve) + kosher wine giveaway!

muscat poached fruits & honey cake ice-cream

There are lots of traditions surrounding Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) but of course the ones I love most are those to do with food! For instance, it’s traditional to eat a new fruit, such as a pomegranate or a fig, for the first time this season, and say …

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Courgetti (zoodles) with avocado pesto dressing & baby plum tomatoes

zoodle salad with avocado pesto

Do you ever start cooking with a clear idea in mind, only to change pretty much everything before you’re done? That’s what happened with these zoodles (courgetti). The plan was a simple salad with fresh herb dressing, but I kept finding other things I wanted to include, like avocado, and …

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Limonana – Israeli mint lemonade

Limonana - Israeli fresh mint lemonade

I think I can say, unequivocally, that there is no more refreshing drink than limonana – Israeli mint lemonade. It starts off with the delicious refreshingness of homemade lemonade, then kicks it up a notch by adding fresh mint, for a doubly cooling, extra thirst-quenching glassful of rejuvenation. It cools, restores …

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