Fruit and nut breakfast loaf – for Pesach! Grain- gluten- dairy- & sugar-free

Packed with dried fruits & nuts, this naturally gluten-free breakfast loaf is delicious with lashings of butter. Enjoy it on Pesach, or all year round!

There are three foods that we seem to eat an awful lot of at Pesach. They are 1) matza – obviously, 2) eggs, and 3) dried fruit – to attempt to alleviate some of the digestive effects of items 1 and 2! I don’t know about you, but a 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!

Rich, creamy & delicious, and topped with nuts and cinnamon, sahlab is a luxurious cold weather treat. Say ‘I love you’ with a cup of this glorious hot drink. I was 18 years old before I visited Israel in the winter for the first time. Despite having lots of cousins, aunts,…

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Vegan twix bar slices – dairy-free millionaire’s shortbread

When I told DH I was making vegan millionaire’s shortbread he said something like, “Vegan millionaires? That’s a bit niche isn’t it? There can’t be many of them around!” Oh, how we laughed… Ahem. Making a gooey vegan caramel has long been a goal of mine, just because caramel is…

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Super-low-carb & gluten-free ‘diabetic’ chocolate cake

low carb, gluten-free chocolate birthday cake

A few days before my father-in-law’s 94th birthday, DH set me a challenge. His Dad was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but, being in his nineties, he’s finding it a little hard to adapt to his new eating regime. In particular, after 93 years of eating cake, biscuits, sweets, chocolates etc.,…

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Watermelon and coconut ice-lollies for Tu B’Av – the Jewish festival of love

Watermelon & coconut ice-lollies

If Jewish festivals are ranked by importance, Tu B’Av comes somewhere very near the bottom. In fact, most Jews (in the UK at least) have probably never heard of it. Which is a shame, as it is a good excuse for some summer fun and romance!  When the Jewish Temple…

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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…

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Natural 1-ingredient parve whip! Plus Braun Multiquick hand blender review

tropical jelly & whipped coconut cream

As I’m sure you know, one of the features of a kosher kitchen is the total separation of milk and meat ingredients. This means that kosher cooks have two sets of pots, pans, utensils, serving dishes, crockery, cutlery etc. etc. – one for milky food and one for meaty. However, the…

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Kenwood BLM800 Blend-X Pro Blender Review – & coconut berry bars recipe

coconut berry bars

I’ve mentioned before how much I love my Kenwood Chef food mixer. It’s brilliant for cakes and meringues, mixing and kneading dough, and so on. It has an integral blender on its rear end, but unfortunately my blender jug had cracked. I asked Kenwood about a replacement and they suggested I…

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Nuttilicious no bake almond-coconut fudgies

Nuttilicious no bake almond & coconut fudgies

If you’ve read the introduction to Helen’s delicious Pesach you’ll know that ‘fake chametz’ is a real bugbear of mine. Pesach only lasts for a week and if people can’t make it through without eating a pseudo-pizza (bleurgh) or similar then they have a problem, in my opinion. There’s so much delicious…

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Parsnip soup with pears, ginger and coconut

Parsnip soup with pears, coconut & ginger

I can’t lie, this parsnip soup was basically a way to use up some rapidly ripening pears. I really love pears, when they’re just at the point of ripeness – soft, fragrant and juicy. Perfect. DH always claimed not to like pears, and this I suspect was largely because he…

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