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.
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.
This wonderful quintessentially Middle Eastern dish is a combination of rice, lentils and onions, and exquisite spices.
Cooking: 30 minutes
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
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.
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.
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
Award-winning Honey & Co chefs, husband and wife team Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer are busy. Their first book is to be published in June. In the same month, they will also be appearing at Gefiltefest 2014 on 15th and at Hampstead Garden Suburb’s Proms at St Jude’s on the 22nd (www.promsatstjudes.org.uk).
Do you remember Chardonnay? I do. In the 1980s, when the Anglophone world was beginning to learn that there was more to wine than red, white and fizzy, asking for Chardonnay became proof of sophistication. Or so a lot of people thought, anyway – some even gave the word as a name to their new-born girls. (It sure beats Gruner Veltliner.)
These blondies are slightly crisp on top, chewy in the centre and packed with crushed biscuits. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge and you have yourself an even better treat. The most delicious way to wave goodbye to Pesach.
Makes: 16 Slices
Preparation: 20 mins
Cooking: 20-22 mins Ingredients
2 eggs, beaten
200g soft light brown sugar
Spring is definitely on the way, but nights are chilly. This traditional French stew makes a good midweek meal for Passover - served with mashed or baked potatoes instead of vermicelli or rice. Do use a cut of meat that has some fat in it - for more flavour.
With the ever-increasing variety of new kosher products available, twists on traditional foods have enabled us to follow food trends, while keeping within tradition. Each festival brings its own unique customs and traditions with regards to food and this certainly doesn’t mean ‘old fashioned’ foods. Who would have thought we would ever eat Thai fishcakes on Pesach?
These baked chicken goujons pack a real flavour punch. Walnuts can be used instead of pecans. It can also be made with smoked paprika for an even stronger flavour, but do reduce the salt if you use the smoked variety as it can be quite strong.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
100g pecan nuts
50g medium matzah meal
½ tbsp sweet paprika
1 tsp salt