Dry-rubbed roasted salmon from The Healthy Jewish Kitchen by Paula Shoyer + book review

Dry-rubbed roasted salmon

A delicious and simple spice-crusted roasted salmon recipe, from Paula Shoyer’s new book The Healthy Jewish Kitchen. Do you wish you could eat more healthily? It’s no secret that a lot of what we think of as Jewish food falls at the less healthy end of the spectrum. Traditional dishes tend …

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Asian style sesame green bean salad (+ bonus recipe for gomasio)

Sesame Green Bean Salad-2

Tender-crisp green beans, in a sweet, spicy Asian-inspired sesame dressing. Simple and delicious, packed with vitamins and minerals.  Do you ever become obsessed with a new ingredient and use it in everything? Or go through phases when a single favoured food starts popping up in everything you cook? Right now, …

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Grandma’s fruit compote & sweet Tu B’Shevat memories

Grandma's dried fruit compote

Succulent spiced fruits in a rich syrup. Grandma’s fruit compote makes a delicious dessert or a healthy breakfast. Do you ever prepare a dish whose aroma transports you while it is cooking? The fragrance of this sweet and spicy dried fruit compote is like a culinary time machine – one …

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Leek & potato kugel – A delightful twist on tradition

leek and potato kugel

With crispy golden edges and a meltingly soft, delicious interior, this gorgeous leek and potato kugel is a glorious twist on tradition. My new year’s resolution should be being more decisive. Or not. Hmmm…. Do you suffer from indecision? I do. Only recently I received two lovely looking leeks in …

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Kasha with Mushrooms from Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking by Paola Gavin – book review

Nutty, buttery, savoury kasha with mushrooms recipe, taken from Paola Gavin's book Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking. A delicious dish plus a book review!

Traditional Jewish food can sometimes seem a bit meat-centric, so I was giddy with delight when I discovered this beautiful new recipe book by Paola Gavin, which is stuffed to the gills with delectable Jewish vegetarian recipes from around the world. The first thing I noticed about Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian …

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Healthy sugar-free breakfast muffins that will wow your family

breakfast muffins with granola topping

One long Sunday afternoon I was sitting at the kitchen table, fighting a craving for a sugary and calorific muffin. I sipped at my tea and wondered, is it possible to bake healthy breakfast muffins that are still delicious? I could pack them full of sneaky hidden fruit and vegetables, and …

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“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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