Food

Rolls of honour: our bagels taste test

By Victoria Prever, May 30, 2008

They were once a Jewish staple. Now bagels are everywhere and available in a huge number of varieties. But which are tastiest? Victoria Prever conducts a survey

Some call it a bagel, some a beigel, but it is hard to imagine life without this doughnut shaped, chewy, boiled-bread roll. The very first bagel was supposedly produced in 1683, by a Polish Jewish baker as a tribute to the King of Austria for protecting his nation against Turkish invasion. Its shape was said to be modelled on a German riding stirrup called a “bugel”.

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Karen Phillips invites the nation to dinner in a new ITV show

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

Is Karen Phillips Britain’s top hostess? That is exactly what new ITV show House Guest attempts to find out.

The series, which started on Monday May 19, is searching for the nation’s best dinner-party hosts. Five people from across the UK spend five nights competing for the accolade — and a £1,000 prize. Each night, one of the hosts entertains the other four by cooking dinner. One person is then picked to stay over for the night.

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Biblical portions

By Alex Kasriel, May 23, 2008

Ever wondered what our ancestors ate in ancient times?

This week, Giles Coren and Sue Perkins spent a week eating only wartime food in a new series of The Supersizers Go… on BBC2. They will also be sampling a Restoration, Regency, Victorian and a 1970s diet during this series. The pair say they were unimpressed by most of the food they were served during this series; but how would they have got on eating the food of our ancestors, by going on a biblical diet?

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The dip that took over

By Judi Rose, May 16, 2008

Relatively obscure a generation ago, hummus is now a global business.

 

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Dark day for kosher chocolate

By Dana Gloger, May 16, 2008

Britain’s foremost kashrut authority has said that it will reconsider the certification of Green & Black’s organic dark chocolate after the confectioner announced that it will now label the product as containing milk.

Although there is no change to the recipe, a recent audit revealed that traces of milk residue could be found on the manufacturing equipment used to make it, because milk chocolates were made using the same production line.

The company will now list milk as one of the ingredients on the packing of its organic dark chocolate bars.

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Council chops and changes over kosher meat inquiry

By Leon Symons, May 16, 2008

The investigation of a complaint against a North-West London butcher by Barnet Council could take months to resolve, the JC has been told by the council .

The news was a blow to Albert Bendahan, owner of the Kosher Delicatessen chain in Golders Green, Temple Fortune and Edgware, who hoped it would have been resolved swiftly.

Mr Bendahan met a council environmental health officer on Monday but was given no clear indication of how long the investigation would take.

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Your hot topics

By Judi Rose, May 9, 2008

Judi Rose answers readers’ queries on stir-frying, utensils and cheesecake with no cheese

 

I am putting together my wedding-gift list and would like to include some kitchen utensils. There is so much choice and many new twists on traditional tools that I’m a bit bewildered. Which do you think are genuinely useful, and which are just gimmicks?

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How Israel sparked a kosher revolution

By Nathan Jeffay, May 2, 2008

Forget the technological triumphs or making the desert bloom. The Jewish state’s greatest achievement in its 60-year history is gastronomic.

 

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Matzah do about matzah

By Simon Round, May 2, 2008

It’s a problem that crops up at this time every year— what to do with all the matzah left over from Passover. A video posted on YouTube addresses this exact question. Called the Matzah Song, it gives 20 alternative uses for surplus unleavened bread: “Catch it like a frisbee with your friends in the park, or you could jump in the water and pretend you’re a shark. You can use it as a coaster when you’re drinking beer, or throw it as confetti for a happy new year.” Composers Michelle Citrin and William Levin even suggest — wait for it — eating it.

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Meet Israel’s Jamie

By Alex Kasriel, April 25, 2008

Gil Hovav is Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and JK Rowling all rolled into one. We talk to the multi-talented chef known by Israelis as ‘Captain Cook’

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