Garden tomato salad with olives, Greek basil & sumac

tomato salad with olives, greek basil and sumac

The heirloom tomato plants in our garden have finally started to produce delicious ripe tomatoes, and we are now at the stage of eating them at every meal, and giving them away to anyone who’ll take them 🙂 The tomatoes really are delicious with very little in the way of …

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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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Moroccan carrot salad

Moroccan carrot salad

Another Israeli favourite here – Moroccan carrot salad. I’ve no idea how ‘Moroccan’ this is, but it is certainly enjoyed widely in Israel. You can even buy little tubs of it alongside the humous in supermarkets and corner shops. Not that they’re as good as the real thing, lovingly homemade …

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Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry

We do enjoy curries in this house, but typically I cop out and buy ready-made spice mixes or spice pastes as a base for the curry sauce. Partly it’s because they give a reliable result, and on any standard weeknight we don’t want the possibility of having our socks blown …

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Spice-roasted butternut squash and halloumi fajitas (or salad)

butternut squash & halloumi fajitas

As much as I love pasta, I’ve started to feel like we eat it every other day. Sure, it’s easy, versatile, quick, and can be topped with a virtually limitless selection of things, but still… Time to make a conscious effort to eat more different kinds of carbohydrates. Here’s our …

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Smokey barbecue potatoes in foil

barbecued potatoes in foil

We are having a barbecue summer here. Since there can be no confidence that the lovely sunny weather will continue beyond a day or two, we’ve been barbecuing like mad while the going’s good. As well as the usual suspects to hit the grill, we recently enjoyed barbecued pineapple. I encourage …

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Speculaas spiced date cookies

Speculaas spiced date cookies

When I was little, my Mum used to bake these date cookies. They were, and are, a real favourite – soft, chewy-crumbly and almost cakey, studded with chunks of toffee-ish dates. Delicious! A few years ago, I was reminiscing about these cookies, and decided to bake some for Rosh Hashana – …

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Mango salsa – guest post!

mango salsa

My friend Siôn is a keen cook, and keeps announcing his delicious-sounding dishes via Facebook. It seemed only fair to give him a chance at international culinary stardom (!) by inviting him to write a guest post here.  If you fancy seeing your own recipe appearing on Family-Friends-Food, please drop me …

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Chunky onion and aubergine stew

Onion and aubergine stew

Kipper LOVES aubergines.  Ha! I just looked back through previous posts and saw how many of them include those words! It’s really true though. She just can’t get enough of those gorgeous purple vegetables – baked, roasted, griddled, fried, hot, cold. Yum yummy yum yum. I had a big fat …

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