Food

Israeli flavours on a plate

By Zoe Winograd and Victoria Prever, February 28, 2014

Middle Eastern cooking is bang on trend.

Chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi and more recently, Eynat Admony (Balaboosta) have worked hard to ensure that the flavours of the shuk are now up there with French, Italian and other popular Mediterranean cuisines.
So much so that visitors to Israel now expect an epicurean adventure as well as the more traditional historical sights and sounds.

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Drinks to match Scotland's finest

By Richard Ehrlich, February 20, 2014

Some food-and-wine pairings make such perfect sense that you’d be forgiven for assuming there is no alternative. And Champagne with smoked salmon is one of them. Fizz and fine acidity bring out the luxurious richness of a slice of Scotland’s finest, especially when the fish has been smoked by Lance Forman and his team.

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Sharing stories of their lives in fish

By Victoria Prever, February 20, 2014

Those of us who grew up in the days before salmon farming brought prices down, will remember it as the ultimate treat – reserved for restaurant meals, high teas and simchas.

It is a quintessentially Jewish fish - rivalled only by herring for a place in our hearts and history. So high does it sit in our esteem that we would pay good money for an audience with two of its purveyors.

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Why these cooks love Mondays

By Zoe Winograd and Victoria Prever, February 6, 2014

Sydney’s amazing food scene is no secret although it is not somewhere you would expect to find great Jewish food. Even though Australia is home to the ninth largest Jewish community in the world.

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Man in the kitchen: Carpe diem: a fishy tale

By Simon Round, February 3, 2014

I have always loved fish. For my family, Friday was fried fish night, a legacy of my grandmother’s Sephardi tradition which was passed down to my dad. Not only did we have fried fish on Friday nights but we tended to have stories of the sea told with dinner. My dad was a Navy pilot in the Second World War and he never seemed to run out of tales of his exploits on the seven seas.

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A month of getting your hands dirty

By Michael Leventhal, January 30, 2014

Challah for Hunger kneads your help. The fast-expanding global charitable movement — which raises money through the baking and sale of challot, will be running several events this month where you can learn to make challah before selling it.

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Man in the kitchen:Scotch not to be missed

By Simon Round, January 27, 2014

Tomorrow is Burns Night which is a significant event in my family. You see, I am Scottish. To be more precise my mother’s father was first-generation Glaswegian and although he left Scotland in his 20s and lived the rest of his life in the south of England, that still makes me Scottish enough to play football for the national team if I am good enough.

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How to feed both belly and soul

By Clarissa Hyman, January 17, 2014

Fancy reflecting on the creation of fruit trees and the tree of knowledge as set out in Genesis while munching a slice of Polish apple cake?

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Look who stepped up to the plate this year

By Victoria Prever, January 17, 2014

The last year brought plenty to keep JC Food happy, so here is a flavour of what we found great in culinary during 2013.

In the kosher food world, there has been much to celebrate. No longer the poor relative of cuisines, its reputation for being old-fashioned and boring is being diminished on a daily basis.

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Absent numbers worth counting on

By Richard Ehrlich, January 16, 2014

I do not often frequent price-comparison websites. Knowing that one supermarket is selling Fairy Liquid for 21 pence less than another is never going to make me shop elsewhere. But a new site called Bring a Bottle (BaB) — www.bringabottle.co.uk — might be enough to make me change my tune, at least where drink is concerned.

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