Sahlab – sweet, creamy hot drink AND ancient aphrodisiac!

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

I was 18 years old before I visited Israel in the winter for the first time. Despite having lots of cousins, aunts, uncles and friends there, all my previous visits had been during the hot summer months, so delicious seasonal winter specialities like sahlab had totally passed me by. Also known …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

Jam doughnut pull-apart challah

Pull apart the soft, fluffy, cinnamon scented balls of sweet challah, & bite into a centre of deliciously fruity strawberry jam. A Chanukah Shabbat treat!

Do you ever use the recipe for one thing to make something else? Last year I made doughnuts for Chanukah and wondered whether the smooth, pliable dough would make good challah if it was baked instead of deep fried. This thought has been fermenting in the back of my mind all year, …

Continue reading

Roasted carrots with fresh ginger and orange

Roasted carrots with orange & ginger

I do love roast vegetables.  They are a regular feature on our dinner table – roasted carrots, beetroots, parsnips, butternut squash and pumpkin in the autumn and winter, and then aubergines, courgettes (zucchini), peppers, shallots and more in the summer. They are so simple to make, and so delicious! Roasting …

Continue reading

Rosh Hashanah spiced apple challah shaped 3 ways (vegan)

Rosh Hashanah challah

Rosh Hashanah challah differs from standard challah mostly by its shape. During the rest of the year, challah tends to be either a plait (braid) or a tin-loaf. Or sometimes a plaited tin-loaf. However, on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, challah is invariably round. The most usual ‘style’ is …

Continue reading

Aubergine shakshuka

aubergine (eggplant) shakshuka

I recently attended Gefiltefest, where a highlight of my day was watching Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co cooking up a delicious shakshuka. As a result, I’ve been craving shakshuka pretty much every day since! Fortunately, a dish of spicy, saucy vegetables and eggs is entirely compliant with my current …

Continue reading

Lime & coconut ice-cream – dairy-free, parve tropical frozen dessert

According to Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) one cannot eat a dairy dessert after a meat meal. This has been taken as something of a challenge by kosher cooks, who strive to produce gooey, creamy puddings without any milk in them. With varying degrees of success. Dairy-free (parve) ice-cream is pretty …

Continue reading