This hearty winter dish - Lubia bel kammun - is a classic. Do use dried beans soaked in water overnight, so the beans slow-cook with the beef and the flavour of the two, together with the cumin and spices marry perfectly.
By Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Stander, January 16, 2014
This recipe was inspired by my best friend’s mother, who was the guru of all things Jewish pastry. In the usual fashion of how Jewish recipes are shared, her note to me read: “add cherries and chocolate, then add more”. We did, and this is the resulting recipe. The combination of cherry and chocolate is brilliant and makes a spectacular mandelbrot.
We celebrate Tu Bishvat, the birthday of the trees, with fruit and nuts. These gluten-free florentines are just the ticket, and great to make with children. I have used only fruit for these but you can add nuts and for extra indulgence you could drizzle the top with melted chocolate.
This hearty winter dish — Lubia bel kammun — is a classic. Do use dried beans soaked in water overnight, so the beans slow-cook with the beef and the flavour of the two, together with the cumin and spices marry perfectly. The flavour develops and it tastes even better the next day.
Preparation: 10-15 minutes plus overnight soaking of beans
Cooking: 4 hours
Mont Blanc is an indulgent dessert that reminds me of childhood trips with my sisters to see the extravagant windows at Galeries Lafayette over the festive season. Afterwards we would always stop at a patisserie for a Mont Blanc each. Those cakes were five times the size of the mini versions here, which makes me slightly less guilty.
1 duck, roughly 2kg in weight
Chinese 5 spice
1 onion, quartered
1 ½ tbsp sesame oil
1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded then julienned
7 tbsp hoisin sauce, approximately
Toasted sesame seeds