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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Comforting sweet & sour cabbage and tomato soup with rice

Sweet & sour cabbage & tomato soup with rice

I seem to be in a very nostalgic mood recently. This soup is the love-child of two of my early food memories.  The first is holishkes – stuffed cabbage rolls in tomato sauce that are traditionally served on Succot, the Jewish harvest festival. Each cabbage leaf is filled with a mixture…

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Easy & delicious wild mushroom baked risotto – no stirring!

wild mushroom baked risotto

I’m slowly building up a set of recipes that can be part-prepared ahead of time, then left in a pre-set oven so that they’re cooked and ready to serve just when we want to eat them. Examples include these bulgar-stuffed courgettes, this potato & carrot layer bake, and of course, these…

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Nobbly-bobbly spiced chocolate biscoff fruit & nut crispy cake bites

chocolate crispy cake bites

Light, crunchy, spicy and chocolatey, these yummy crispy cake bites are a big hit with kids and the ideal treat for grown-ups with a cup of tea or coffee. Catchy title, no? Kipper had a friend to stay on a sleepover – you can’t begin to imagine the excitement –…

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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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Fennel risotto with buttered baby courgettes

Fennel risotto with buttered baby courgettes.

Ah, risotto. All that creamy rice and meltingly soft veggies and mmm mmm mmm. AND it’s easy to make. Hurrah! We really like risotto in this house. I probably make it at least once a month. So, this fennel risotto is, quite literally, the flavour of the month.  Annoyingly, the photos…

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Fragrant beetroot risotto with herby feta cheese

Herby feta cheese

On the first night of Passover (Pesach) there is a ceremonial meal called the Seder, at which we recount and commemorate the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. There is, inevitably, a selection of symbolic foods, some of which are eaten, and some of which are not. In…

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