Tesco's secret weapon

April 11, 2011

Gershon Odze is an unlikely food hero. He does not cook much - maybe the odd spaghetti bolognese or roast chicken. He is quiet, unassuming and Orthodox. He had a religious education outside of the mainstream UK schooling system and has no formal qualifications. After his education he went into computer sales; if your laptop needs a rebuild, he is your man.


Bringing Egypt and Israel together on the plate

March 31, 2011

As someone raised on chopped liver, cholent and chicken soup, I've always found Sephardi recipes exciting. Ashkenazi food offers starch and comfort - carbs to fuel you through a snowdrift. Sephardi food is sexier.


Meatballs go global

By Denise Phillips, March 25, 2011

Meatballs are one of our most versatile of foods. They can be small, large, cocktail or flat, can be made of chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, veal or other meats and often include onions, flour, herbs and spices or even dried fruits. They can also be cooked by frying, baking, steaming, barbecuing or braised in soups.


Pick a pocket or two for a Purim treat

By Ruth Joseph, March 16, 2011

Remember when we were children and Purim was looming? How excited we were, unable to sleep thinking about the Purim party, and the reading of the Megillah when we would be allowed to make a noise in shul with our parents' and the rabbi's permission; and the joy of dressing up as Esther or Mordecai.


Cast your nets wide for sustainable fish

By Ruth Joseph, March 11, 2011

'Everything that has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas and the torrents, those you may eat." Leviticus 11:10


El Al aims for take-off with celebrity chef

By Nathan Jeffay, February 28, 2011

In a challenge reminiscent of Jamie's School Dinners, a celebrity chef has completely overhauled El Al's in-flight meals in an attempt to make them tastier, healthier and fresher.

Moshe Segev is one of Israel's best-known chefs with a primetime television show and two acclaimed restaurants


Why we fell for wok and (spring) roll

By Denise Phillips, February 17, 2011

What with the recent Chinese new year celebrations, a lot of people have been eating a lot of Chinese food. Jews are up there with the biggest chow mein chompers and hot-and-sour soup slurpers. And because there are no dairy ingredients in Chinese cuisine, no kashrut compromise is required when making Chinese meat dishes (once you have removed pork from the ingredients list, that is).


Love is in the air… and that means cake

By Ruth Joseph, February 11, 2011

On February 14, millions of people send cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts to the ones they love, or hope to love. Restaurants make a special event of the day, linking love with food. But there is plenty of discussion as to whether Jews should join in the celebrations.

February 14 was named by Pope Gelasius 1, in 496 CE, as the day to commemorate the martyrdom of a priest called Valentine. But the story was based on legend, so much so, that in 1969, the Pope removed official recognition of the festival.


Cuts you will enjoy

By Tracey Fine and Georgie Tarn, February 4, 2011

It is one of the staples of many Jewish households. We love our steak, burgers, sausages, pies and of course that great Sunday tradition, salt beef on rye. But how well do you know your beef?


Creating a stir with a healthier risotto

January 27, 2011

We tend to think of risotto as a comfort food. In its traditional form it is a rich affair laced with generous amounts of butter and Parmesan. Once, when I was involved in a television programme in Tuscany, the chef was horrified that I preferred my porcini risotto without the pounds of butter and cheese.