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I make it, but I can't touch it

By Victoria Prever, August 11, 2014

Phil Jones is the largest producer of kosher wine in New Zealand and owns the only kosher winery in America's Pacific North West. He is not permitted to handle his wine as he is not Jewish.

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More than just a dip

By Victoria Prever, July 24, 2014

Hummus has become part of our national diet.

While it is not the staple food it is in Israel, supermarket fridges up and down the UK brim with the chickpea-packed paste.

However, according to Christian Mouysset and Ronen Givon — owners of Hummus Bros Levantine Kitchen — what we can buy here is a far cry from the real deal.

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Soho eats from the Holy City

By Victoria Prever, July 4, 2014

The best restaurant in Jerusalem, if not, Israel, has launched a London outpost.

The Palomar - London's version of trendy eatery, Machneyuda, opened its Soho doors in June.

Behind it are a trio of Israeli chefs: Assaf Granit, Yossi Elad and Uri Navon, who founded Machneyuda, together with London sister and brother team, Zoë and Layo Paskin.

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Hard at work with my honey

By Victoria Prever, June 27, 2014

I cannot share a kitchen with my husband. Even so much as toasting bread can end in tears.

If domestic kitchens are high-stress environments, what must the heat be like in a professional setting?

One husband and wife in perfect culinary harmony are Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, co-owners of the tiny, Middle Eastern restaurant Honey & Co.

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Doing the dishes from the past

By Victoria Prever, June 13, 2014

Joan Nathan has been described as the Jewish Julia Child.

For those not clued up on American cookery writers, Child was the American cookery book writer credited with bringing French cuisine to the US public in 1961, and immortalised in the film Julie and Julia.

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Asparagus and watercress mousse

By Fabienne Viner-Luzzato , May 30, 2014

Make the most of the short asparagus season with this pretty recipe which makes a lovely starter or original canape.

Serves: 6
Preparation: 60 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes

Ingredients
For the biscuits:
100g grated parmesan
50g butter, melted
25g plain flour
1 medium egg, beaten
100g mixed salted nuts roughly chopped
For the mousse:
500g asparagus, washed and trimmed

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Red is not always the perfect match

By Richard Ehrlich , May 29, 2014

Everyone knows two things about food and wine matching. One is that white wine goes with fish. The other is that red wine goes with cheese. Unfortunately for true believers in the received wisdom, neither assertion is correct.

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Cheese champ chef

By Anthea Gerrie, May 29, 2014

If there’s one chef who knows his cheese, it’s Eric Greenspan. A former winner of America’s Iron Chef title — the equivalent of winning Masterchef Professionals — the chef is even prouder of being pronounced California’s official grilled cheese champion since winning a cook-off several years ago.

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Lemon and ginger cheesecake with honey and mixed berries

By Ryan Bartley, May 26, 2014

Serves: 8

Ingredients
250g ginger biscuits, blitzed
100g butter, melted
600g soft cheese/plain cream cheese
400ml thick double cream
250g lemon curd
4 heaped tbsp stem ginger and its syrup
Zest of 1 lemon
2 large pinches of sea salt
2 tbsp honey
100g mixed berries

Method

Line a 23cm spring form cake tin with baking parchment.

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Amaretto and raspberry cheesecake

By Silvia Nacamulli, May 23, 2014

This is easy, tasty and unusual. To really intensify the flavour, replace all the digestives with amaretto biscuits. I prefer a thinner cheese cream mixture, to keep a balance of flavours between the biscuits, cream and raspberries. it also keeps it lighter. You can replace the raspberries with mixed berries or even with any berry conserve.

Serves: 6-8 as a dessert

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Salmon, dill and cream cheese cheesecake

By Denise Phillips, May 22, 2014

This is the ideal Shavuot lunch recipe, as it is made in advance, and perfect served cold with salad. If you love smoked salmon and cream cheese together, then this is for you. The fresh dill and spring onions, give a lovely touch of colour as you slice.

Serves: 10–12
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes

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For the base:

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Lavender rose and berry cheesecake

By Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, May 22, 2014

According to the Midrash, Mount Sinai suddenly blossomed with flowers in anticipation of the giving of the Torah. On Shavuot, we decorate our homes and synagogues with flowers, but what about using them to create surprisingly delicious flavours and spectacular culinary presentations.

Serves: 6-8
Preparation: 35 minutes plus 30 minutes chilling
Cooking: 45 minutes

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Lemongrass Halibut with coriander and peanuts

By Kim Kushner, May 16, 2014

It’s probably not every day that you pick up a stick of lemongrass at the supermarket. I usually like sticking to ingredients that I am familiar with, but I recently took the plunge with lemongrass, and I am so glad that I did. Its bright flavour brings an exotic note to halibut. To use it, cut off the lower bulb and remove the tough, outer leaves.
Serves 6:

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Mujaddra

By Silvia Nacamulli , May 16, 2014

This wonderful quintessentially Middle Eastern dish is a combination of rice, lentils and onions, and exquisite spices.

Serves: 6
Preparation:
Cooking: 30 minutes

Ingredients
8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp rock salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground caraway
1 cinnamon stick
250g mix of red Camargue, brown basmati and wild rice; or plain basmati rice

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Eat, drink, listen, cook, share and be merry

By Michael Leventhal , May 16, 2014

This year will mark the fifth Gefilte-fest festival. The first, in October 2010, was organised in just six weeks and attracted 200 visitors.

That has more than tripled — last year’s festival at the London Jewish Cultural Centre attracted more than 600 people and this year we expect more again as well as more than 25 food stalls.

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Following in Grandma’s footsteps

By Rosa Doherty, May 8, 2014

Claudia Roden is one of the most famous names in Middle Eastern cookery. Now food has become a family affair.
She has been joined in the kitchen by grandson Cesar, who, last Spring, launched gourmet artisan ice-lolly company, Ice Kitchen, last spring with his aunt (Claudia’s daughter) Nadia Roden.

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Tasting the real, rude Israeli food

By Victoria Prever, May 2, 2014

The world cannot get enough of Israeli food. Its chefs and their books are all the rage.

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Lamb kofte with coriander pine nut relish

By Victoria Prever, May 2, 2014

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with these lamb and coriander kebabs, which can be cooked on the BBQ, grilled or roasted in the oven. They are delicious dipped into the coriander and pine nut relish. Do soak the wooden skewers in cold water before cooking to stop them burning. You can use minced beef or chicken instead if preferred.

Makes: 20

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Jewelled couscous salad

By Annabel Karmel , May 1, 2014

The caramelised pecans and dried cranberries add a delicious, sweet flavour to this salad.

Makes: 4 portions
Preparation: 10 minutes, plus soaking
Cooking: 5 minutes

Ingredients
180 g couscous
300 ml hot vegetable stock
1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
50 g dried cranberries,chopped
25 g butter
75 g pecans

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Chocolate toffee marble cheesecake

By Annabel Karmel, May 1, 2014

This chilled, no-bake cheesecake has a beautifully soft texture. You can use toffee sauce or dulce de leche to create the marbled effect.

Makes: 6 portions
Preparation: 30 minutes plus chilling time

Ingredients
100 g digestive biscuits
50 g unsalted butter, melted
150 g full-fat cream cheese
200 ml whipped cream
150 g milk chocolate
2 tbsp toffee sauce or dulce de leche

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