Aubergine shakshuka

aubergine (eggplant) shakshuka

I recently attended Gefiltefest, where a highlight of my day was watching Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co cooking up a delicious shakshuka. As a result, I’ve been craving shakshuka pretty much every day since! Fortunately, a dish of spicy, saucy vegetables and eggs is entirely compliant with my current …

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Tuna puttanesca with tagliatelle

tuna puttanesca pasta

“This is the best thing you’ve made for ages!” So spake DH as he tucked into a bowlful of this delicious savoury pasta. Kipper, I’m sure, would have voiced her approval too, but she was too busy stuffing saucy pasta into her mouth.  Not a bad result for something I threw …

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Sticky baked sweet potatoes & aubergines with soy, maple, garlic & ginger

baked sweet potatoes & aubergines

A long time ago, I spent 3 months in California, writing my MSc dissertation while simultaneously working in two part-time jobs. Despite being fairly busy, it was a fun time, and I met lots of nice people. Early on in my American adventure, I was invited to a pot-luck dinner, and …

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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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Quick smoked mackerel & avocado pate

Quick smoked mackerel & avocado pate (Pesach)

I was having my hair cut. My appointment was just before lunch, and as I sat in the hairdresser’s chair, listening to my tummy rumble, my mind inevitably wandered to the contents of my fridge, and what I was going to eat JUST AS SOON AS I GOT HOME! I had …

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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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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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Mushroom, spinach & barley bake

mushroom, spinach & barley bake with cheese & tomato topping

Another week, another meal required to cook itself in my absence. I really must find my daughter some extra-curricular activities that don’t take place in the hour before dinner time. Barley = Cold weather food Perhaps because of the cold weather, I’d had a yearning for barley. It’s so yummy and …

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