Challah put to the test

By Tracey Fine and Geordie Tarn, December 10, 2010

The special Friday feeling when preparing for Shabbat would not be the same without a visit to your favourite bakery - standing in line, sharing conversation with fellow shoppers and sniffing the amazing, intoxicating aroma of freshly baked challah.

The ritual of challah not only consists of choosing from large, medium or small, with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. There is huge history and meaning behind this iconic bread.


Grate expectations for Chanucah dinner

By Ruth Joseph, December 5, 2010

Once again we celebrate Chanucah and the miracle of the oil which lasted for eight days after the recapture of the Second Temple. This is the reason that oil has evolved as Chanucah's symbolic ingredient.


Her recipe for success slayed the dragons

By Simon Round, November 29, 2010

Two scraps of paper were all it took to change Carol Savage's life. On them were scrawled recipes that her husband had brought back from a visit to his mother in South Africa. The recipes gave Savage the germ of an idea for a recipe exchange website, which she turned into a thriving business, culminating in a successful appearance on the BBC programme Dragon's Den.


Why a good curry can be a life saver

By Ruth Joseph, November 23, 2010

In Britain, curries have traditionally been considered indigestible junk food, to be eaten late at night after a number of lagers. However, aficionados and those who follow traditional Indian ayurvedic medicine have long believed that a good curry can not only maintain good health but even improve it.

A basic curry will contain a myriad of fragrant spices. It will almost certainly contain turmeric - part of the ginger family - which gives the curry its glorious golden colour.


How to play the carp

By Denise Phillips, November 16, 2010

For many people, carp suffers from the Marmite effect - you either love it or hate it. I have recently attended a carp gourmet evening organised by the Guild of Food Writers and I have been converted into a big fan.


Why Jewish culture is mushrooming

By Josephine Bacon, November 8, 2010

Autumn does not only mean golden leaves and ripe fruit - it is mushroom time. Combining my twin passions of mycology (the study of fungi) and Jewish history - in the tradition of the elephant and the Jewish question - I want to explain the link between mushrooms and Jews.


The cream of cheeses

By Nathan Jeffay, October 28, 2010

The Israeli hotel breakfast is a true delight. But more often than not, tourists from overseas do not get the full experience.

As well as all the other delicacies there is generally a large range of cheeses. Many of them are unfamiliar to non-Israelis, meaning that they play it safe or skip the section altogether. Some complain that if they taste a cheese they enjoy, they have no idea what it is called so are unable to request it elsewhere.


Chocolate's dark secret is revealed

By Anthea Gerrie, October 14, 2010

This is Chocolate Week - and possibly the most delicious aspect of it is that we no longer need to regard a bar of the dark stuff as a guilty pleasure.

For as the Mayans who discovered the fruits of the cocoa plant discovered, it is, when properly made, choc-full of healthful ingredients. Recent scientific studies have shown dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, improve brain function and contribute to heart health.


Take the heat out of fitting your kitchen

By Denise Phillips, October 7, 2010

The kitchen is said to be the heart of the Jewish home, but there comes a time when even old favourites have to be updated or renovated. This was certainly the case with my kitchen that had served me well for almost 15 years but that was showing definite signs of ageing and over-use. However, changing kitchens is an enormous project and can take a considerable time to plan and to implement.


Things we really dig

By Ruth Joseph, September 28, 2010

It is that special time of the year in the Joseph household when my husband Mervyn harvests his garden produce. Carrying my largest mixing bowl, he will return with vast piles of crisp, green runner beans, golden and green striped courgettes, marrows and an assortment of tomatoes. There will also be chillies and, this year, tiny aubergines, plus sacks of muddy potatoes.

On another journey with our granddaughters, the sweetest blackberries were picked with crisp Concord pears and a handful of Bramley apples.