Recipes

Recipe: Chicken and onion bhajis

By Jewish Princess, December 17, 2009

Frying is not one of a Princess’s favourite pastimes. Just looking at vegetable oil makes my hair feel a little greasy and my face begin to shine.

For many Princesses, the ‘F’ word is forbidden, especially when one’s kitchen can take a splattering.

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Recipe: Chicken curry

By Michael Klein, December 10, 2009

Jews have long had a love affair with Chinese food but we have rather neglected that other British passion, Indian cuisine. Perhaps this is because many Indian dishes have an unhealthy reputation or combine meat and dairy products. However there are many which are both healthy and kosher. Either way, we are missing out so it is time that we caught up with our compatriots.

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Recipe: Red velvet cupcakes

By Annabel Karmel, December 3, 2009

Cupcakes are certainly all the rage at the moment, and who could resist these red velvet cupcakes with luscious cream cheese icing? Mine are slightly different from other versions as I prefer to use sour cream and chocolate rather than buttermilk and cocoa and much less red food colouring than most recipes require. I also add cranberries — but if you prefer you can leave these out.

Its quite fun to wrap your cupcakes in beautifully designed cupcake wrappers (take a look at www.squires-shop.com). These would make any tea party a special event.

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Recipe: Spinach frittata with pine nuts and raisins

By Silvia Nacamulli, November 26, 2009

Frittata is an Italian classic, and can be made with the vegetables of your choice, with or without cheese. It is a type of Italian omelette but served unfolded and round, taking the shape of the frying pan in which it has been cooked.

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Reciple: Tasty Chinese-style minced beef

By Annabel Karmel, November 19, 2009

Before you wonder what on earth I am doing including oyster sauce in a kosher recipe, let me explain. There are two types of oyster sauce — one that would definitely not get past the Beth Din and the other a vegetarian oyster sauce prepared from mushrooms. This, together with the rice wine vinegar, adds a delicious Chinese-style savoury taste, and I like the combination of the minced meat with crunchy water chestnuts. It is very versatile — serve in lettuce leaf boats or with rice or noodles. This would also make a delicious filling for tortilla wraps or tacos.

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Recipe: Spicy plantains

By Jewish Princess, November 12, 2009

What puts the X into X-Factor, the missing ingredient that makes something X-tra special? Of course, we all like to believe we have the X-Factor, that we can belt out a tune like Whitney (I regularly try in the shower) and dance like Fred Astaire (I am showing my age here. OK, like Justin Timberlake for younger readers.)

I realise I may not have the X-factor when it comes to singing and dancing, as no one comes near my bathroom when I am taking a shower. And when I watch myself dance on bar/batmitzvah videos, I immediately reach for the fast forward button.

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Recipe: Polenta with wild mushrooms

By Silvia Nacamulli, November 5, 2009

Polenta, made from boiled cornmeal, is a staple of northern Italy and it can be as versatile as southern Italian pasta.

It is often served hot like mash, with various toppings such as a good stew or a Bolognese sauce. However, it can also be moulded, then cut into squares and fried or grilled. The latter is the version I propose here, a recipe for polenta crostini served with wild mushrooms — a tasty seasonal delicacy.

Preparation time 30 min. Serves 4-6 as starter or canapés

Ingredients
● 500g pre-cooked packet polenta (maize meal)

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Recipe: Chocolate Teddy Bear Cupcakes

By Annabel Karmel, October 28, 2009

With half-term coming up, why not spend some time cooking with your child? When children cook they learn lots of skills like weighing, measuring, understanding time, mixing and kneading. You could also invite some of your child’s friends over for a cooking party. Here’s a yummy chocolate cupcake which is fun to bake and decorate. You might ignite a passion for cooking that goes beyond licking a spoon.

Makes eight teddy bear cupcakes

Ingredients
For the cake
● 55g plain chocolate
● 55g butter
● 65g dark brown sugar
● 1 egg beaten

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Recipe: Meatloaf

By Annabel Karmel, October 22, 2009

Its easy to get stuck in a rut and make the same meals over and over again for the family, so here is something new for you to try. A “blue plate” is the daily special menu item in an American-style diner, and meat loaf is usually a popular choice — it is certainly a favourite in my house. I like mine with a BBQ sauce and mashed potatoes, but you could also serve it with chips or rice. It is lovely and moist, quick and easy to prepare and really tasty.

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Recipe: Blackberry and apple meringue pie

By Jewish Princess, October 15, 2009

My children live on a diet of BlackBerry. Every day they exercise their fingers, tap, tap, tap, so they can indulge in this fruity fascination. I am sure they have become addicted. Even in the car, their heads are down as they gorge themselves on news and views from the Princess Pals, who they have just left behind at the school gates.

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