Reversing autumn

By Anthea Gerrie, October 17, 2011

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.


Ways to enjoy a welcome break

By Denise Phillips, October 10, 2011

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.

How we end the fast varies enormously.


Are bees in for a sticky end?

By Ruth Joseph, September 27, 2011

There is no food more intrinsically connected with Rosh Hashanah than honey.

For millennia it has been eaten at the festival to symbolise our hopes for a good, sweet year.


The most Jewish fruit?

By Ruth Joseph, September 9, 2011

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.


Aspire to samphire

By Anthea Gerrie, September 2, 2011

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.


Big cook, little cook

By Victoria Prever, August 31, 2011

No one is more surprised than Nick Coffer that he is a published cookery writer.


Power to the purple

By Ruth Joseph, August 19, 2011

Plums could really do with a makeover - or at least their image could.


Israel's superstar TV chef

By Katherine Martinelli, August 11, 2011

At the age of only 35, Nir Zook already has three restaurants, two cookbooks, one patisserie, a magazine column, and a television show under his belt.


Dinners for winners

By Denise Phillips, August 4, 2011

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.


A fresh look at fowl

By Georgie Tarn and Tracey Fine, August 1, 2011

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?