There is nothing that shouts spring like the first British asparagus. We leap on it in April, steaming, simmering or slathering it with vinaigrette and hollandaise, and mourning the fact it will all be over by June.
But now M&S have found a way to create a second British crop to make fresh asparagus an autumn treat as well.
Fasting is straightforward and we all do it pretty much the same. The Torah is quite clear. Put your human cravings to one side and focus on trying to obtain the highest level of spirituality through prayer and forgiveness. Nil by mouth. No food and no water from dusk to the following dusk. Simple. Not a lot of room for variation.
The arrival of plump purple figs is the silver lining to the end of the summer. The timing of their season means that figs (along with pomegranates) are often eaten as a symbolic new fruit for the New Year.
Once it was a treat fishmongers threw in free with the Dover sole, before it vanished from the slabs and re-emerged barely a decade ago as a pick-your-own crop for foodies scouring shorelines and riverbanks. Then, professional foragers started feeding it into restaurants and suddenly samphire became a fixture on the trendiest menus.
In the post-Jamie's School Dinners era, Wolfson Hillel Jewish Primary School in Southgate is a trailblazer. Head teacher Jason Marantz and his team, have made school meals a priority. With not a turkey twizzler in sight, it is an example for every school on how to operate nutritious and successful school dinners.
The project was initiated by Shirley Cohen, then bursar, in early 2008.
Chicken is part of the bedrock of Jewish cuisine and, in fact, is the most popular meat sold at kosher butchers due to its versatility and price. What would Friday night be without chicken soup, chopped liver and a roast chicken?