Greek potatoes with lemon & garlic

Sometime in the late nineties or possibly early naughties I visited a friend in New York for a few days. I’m sure we went to plenty of restaurants, but the only one I remember was his local Greek place that we had dinner in one evening.  If I’m honest, even …

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Tuna puttanesca with tagliatelle

tuna puttanesca pasta

“This is the best thing you’ve made for ages!” So spake DH as he tucked into a bowlful of this delicious savoury pasta. Kipper, I’m sure, would have voiced her approval too, but she was too busy stuffing saucy pasta into her mouth.  Not a bad result for something I threw …

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Warm Spring vegetable pasta with lemon-herb dressing

Warm Spring vegetable pasta with lemon-herb dressing

It’s my turn to host Pasta Please, excitingly, and in a fit of optimism I picked the theme of Springtime for this month’s event. On the day I decided, the sun was shining, the temperature was definitely climbing, birds were singing, flowers were blooming… Well, that lasted all of five …

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Green beans with garlic dressing

green beans with garlic

We have a small vegetable plot in our garden, and every year we grow a few different things in it. One vegetable that seems to come back every year though, is green beans. They are easy to grow, prolific, and extremely tasty. Kipper even likes to eat them raw, picked …

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Spinach and mushroom stroganoff

spinach & mushroom stroganoff

There are those who believe you shouldn’t tinker with ‘classic’ dishes like mushroom stroganoff, but I would like to remind these naysayers that mushroom stroganoff itself is a derivative of the original – beef stroganoff. However, strips of beef in a creamy sauce isn’t much use to a Jewish vegetarian (Jewish dietary …

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Lemon, lavender and almond cake – gluten free

lemon & lavender cake

During the Jewish spring festival of Pesach (Passover) observant Jews eschew any food containing leavened wheat flour (among other things) – so bread, cake, pasta etc. is all off the menu. Most cooks have a list of alternatives that enable them to make something approaching edible for the duration of …

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Fennel risotto with buttered baby courgettes

Fennel risotto with buttered baby courgettes.

Ah, risotto. All that creamy rice and meltingly soft veggies and mmm mmm mmm. AND it’s easy to make. Hurrah! We really like risotto in this house. I probably make it at least once a month. So, this fennel risotto is, quite literally, the flavour of the month.  Annoyingly, the photos …

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Inside-out cheesecake cookies for Shavuot

Crumbly-soft lightly spiced cookie crust surrounds a tangy creamy vanilla cheesecake filling. Gorgeous mouthfuls of deliciousness! Hard to eat just one...

A while ago I started to think about Shavuot*. Food-wise, it’s probably my favourite of the Jewish festivals, not least because it’s all about DAIRY, and because the Jewish dietary laws prohibit mixing milk and meat, menus tend towards the vegetarian/fish options – hurrah!** I made my no-bake raspberry cheesecake mousse a …

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