Raw, massaged kale salad would definitely be on my final meal list. When kale is massaged, its cellulose structure breaks down and wilts, so the tough fibrous leaves become silky and take on a subtle sweetness.
Discarding any large kale stalks makes it easier to massage and to eat.
These aubergine rolls make a tasty starter and are also perfect for picnics or in a lunch box. The secret of the pretty cooking lines is to ensure that the griddle pan or barbecue is hot and that you leave the aubergine to fry for two to three minutes without turning. If you sprinkle the slices with salt before cooking, it reduces the amount of oil they absorb.
This is my adaptation of a wonderful old recipe from Florence’s Jewish community. I add more egg whites than is recommended in the original to make it a little lighter. The cake is extremely versatile as it has both sweet and savoury elements. Great for brunch, or as a savoury side dish or as a dessert served on its own or with strawberries and ice cream.
These mini treats are ideal not just for breakfast — especially for children — but for lunch or brunch too. You can try other fillings such as sun-dried tomato, olive and basil, or roasted vegetable, or sauteed courgettes and chopped mint.
1 tbsp sunflower oil
150g button mushrooms, sliced
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
120g grated cheddar cheese
My children love a bubelach (or matzah meal pancake) for Passover breakfasts. I up the nutritional value using whole milk as well as either blueberries or banana. For a special treat I add a tablespoon of drinking chocolate (leaving out the sugar) to the basic mix and a handful of raspberries.
Makes: 12 small pancakes
60g fine (cake) matzah meal
Large pinch of salt
On the short list of recipes I think any baker should have — or simply any person who delights in making their friends happy should have — is a chocolate cake to be thrown together just because… “well, actually I didn’t know today was your birthday. Of course I am free tonight!”