The Diary

Mixed-up fish dish

July 14, 2016

There are many ways to pep up a piece of gefilte fish beside a carrot on top. But this idea on a tapas menu in Segovia, northern Spain will not be not travelling to kosher tables any time soon — gefilte fish with seafood risotto.

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Bidding to be a Green leader

July 14, 2016

The Green Party’s leadership contest might not have set the political world alight but here is one reason to keep an eye on the outcome. Bidding for a role as deputy leader is Daniella Radice, sister of our world news editor Orlando Radice.

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Herzog flagged offside

July 14, 2016

"Viva Portugal," tweeted Isaac Herzog, the leader of Israel's Labour Party, to congratulate the winners of the Euro 2016 football final on Sunday.

Except that he had posted it with an image of the flag of Afghanistan. A revised tweet with the correct flag duly appeared a short while later.

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How to beat the Brexit blues

July 14, 2016

What better way to reflect on these unpredictable - and to some, unsettling - post-referendum days than to tell a Jewish joke? Which is just what Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis did at the United Synagogue council this week.

A man in synagogue was given the honour of being called to the Torah. What is your Hebrew name, he was asked.

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Spooky Tallulah from down south

July 14, 2016

Tallulah Haddon says that some of her friends and family have been "freaked out" by her role in BBC1's new supernatural chiller The Living and The Dead.

The 20-year-old's character, Harriet, has been seen talking in strange voices and feeding a live duckling to pigs.

But she added that "I don't think they're particularly surprised though, because I'm quite weird anyway."

The daughter of a

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Mrs May's theatrical Israeli tastes

July 7, 2016

Could Theresa May's culinary tastes be a clue to her true character?

The cookery-loving frontrunner in the Conservative leadership race was asked by interviewer Robert Peston on ITV on Sunday why she preferred Yotam Ottolenghi to Delia Smith.

Delia was "very precise", the Home Secretary said, while she was more of a "throw a bit here and a bit there - and Ottolenghi is really interesting i

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Dolly wants to find a kosher date

July 7, 2016

Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton, after attending her first Jewish wedding, wants one herself.

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Wolf goes on the walls of Oxford

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2016

The walls of Oxford colleges are lined with the pictures of lots of men in gowns. But the university is busy commissioning paintings of women, gay and black people to counter its elitist male image, according to the Sunday Times.

One alumna newly selected for display is American feminist author Naomi Wolf, whose photo is to go up shortly.

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Cowell's blessing for yeshivah beat

July 7, 2016

Yeshiva University student Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Leviton from New York charmed Simon Cowell and his fellow-judges as they sailed into the next round of America's Got Talent with their beatbox version of Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass.

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Novel success for kosher popcorn

July 7, 2016

Tony Goodman, chief executive of Yumsh Snacks, was waxing lyrical after one of his kosher Ten Acre products won a European award for food innovation. Its strawberry and cream popcorn earned first prize in the INN' awards.

"Ten Acres is the equivalent of a really great book," he said. "Once opened, you will find it hard to put down.

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