Blueberry & sweet cheese lokshen kugel

blueberry & cheese lokshen kugel (noodle pudding).

A perfect dairy lokshen kugel! Rich sweet custard surrounds tender noodles & tangy blueberries to make a gorgeous dessert that’s great for Shavuot or anytime. For the first 20 years of my life, there was only one sort of lokshen kugel (noodle pudding) and this was it. My Mum made…

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Creamy smoked salmon & pea pasta – ready in 15 minutes

creamy smoked salmon & pea pasta

Usually I have an hour or so to get the dinner ready, but one evening, time ran away with me and suddenly it was 20-to-dinnertime and I had nothing even approaching ready. To make matters worse, we were also short of ingredients. I opened the fridge and took a panicked…

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Pasta & cannelini bean soup with mini aubergine ‘pizzas’

pasta & cannelini bean soup with mini aubergine 'pizzas'

I’ve made these aubergine ‘pizzas’ before as a side dish and they were jolly delicious. Kipper adores aubergines (eggplants) so it wasn’t really a surprise that she went in for these in a big way. And so, I was trying to think of a way to make them more central…

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Post-Pesach Pasta-fest!! It’s the Pasta Please roundup!

If you’re anything like me, now that Pesach (Passover) is over, you’ll be leaping joyfully back onto the pasta wagon and gorging on oodles of noodles, making up for a week (was it really only a week?!) doing without. Fortunately, I’m able to share a whole load of delicious pasta…

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Pesach potato gnocchi – with and without cheese – gluten free

Delicious home-made potato gnocchi contain no wheat flour and are naturally gluten-free. Choose from plain or cheesy options for a satisfying family meal.

Do you eat a lot of pasta? We do. I try to limit it to only two or three times a week, but it’s easy, convenient, tasty and versatile. And I think DH would happily eat it every night, left to his own devices. (I think that maybe he did, before…

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Warm ptitim salad with flower sprouts, asparagus & pine nuts

Warm ptitim salad with flower sprouts, asparagus and pine nuts

Ptitim are something of a staple in our kitchen. These little balls of toasted pasta go by many different names – ptitim, Israeli couscous, giant couscous – and are very similar to mograbieh, fregola, and probably more. They’re easy to cook, tasty and very versatile. We eat them with a…

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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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Lentilles vertes with fresh & dried mushrooms

lentilles vertes & mushrooms

You’d think, having been entirely or mostly vegetarian for 25 years, I’d be pretty au fait with lentils. Not so. I reckon I’ve got red lentils pretty much sussed. And the other main kind here in the UK seems to be green lentils. So far, so straightforward. The problems arrive with…

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