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Beware brand extension

By Ian Marber, September 13, 2012

In the age of the savvy consumer, brands offer a shorthand way of knowing what you are buying. Familiarity allows us to make a quick decision to purchase based on what we understand about the brand’s values, such as quality, consistency, provenance or history.

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Granny Smith's Melting Fruity Roast

By Sharon Lurie, September 6, 2012

This is dedicated to my grandmother, Gracie Smith, aka Granny Smith. Rosh Hashanah is apple and honey time and I couldn’t think of a better time to dedicate a recipe to such a sweet person. She loved singing (a soprano, at that), especially for her guests after supper. She may not have had the vocals of Sarah Brightman, but she had a full house whenever she could.

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Honey-roasted tomato lamb tagine

By Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, September 6, 2012

Honey-roasted cherry tomatoes are perfect with the salty, lemony lamb casserole in this traditional Sephardi Rosh Hashanah dish. Serve with saffron or turmeric rice or couscous.
Serves: 6-8

Method
Sunflower oil
2 large onions, sliced
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1.5kg of lamb shoulder, cubed
1 x 450g tin of chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp harissa
Paprika
1 lemon, halved

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Sticky toffee apple cake

By Ruth Joseph, September 6, 2012

This sticky toffee honey pudding is enriched with the tartness of cooking apples for the perfect yom tov dessert. And it keeps for days and remains sticky and moreish.
Serves 8–10

INGREDIENTS
225g plain flour
¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
120g butter or dairy-free margarine
120g dark brown muscovado sugar
150ml honey (or golden syrup)
2 organic free-range eggs

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Hidden apple, honey and cinnamon cake

By Victoria Prever, September 6, 2012

My mother would always make a cake with apples from our garden. It would usually be a tray bake — large enough to feed the whole family and any visitors. I’ve made this cake with her recipe, but using a round tin and adding honey.
Serves 8

Ingredients
For the apples:
4-5 medium sized English apples. I used Granny Smiths
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tbsp runny honey

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Honey-roasted fig and goats cheese salad

By LIsa Roukin, September 6, 2012

This fruity salad makes a great starter or light lunch served with crusty bread. You can vary it by using different honey such as orange blossom or ones infused with lavender, rosemary, or lemon.
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
8 ripe fresh figs, washed
150g goats cheese, crumbled
2 tsp acacia honey
2 handfuls walnuts, toasted
Handful of pistachios, roughly chopped

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Summertime Shabbat Steak Salad

By Sharon Lurie, August 30, 2012

This is wonderful for Shabbat lunch. The steak can be prepared ahead, refrigerated and brought to room temperature the next day. The marinade makes a delicious sauce but do boil it before serving, as it is dangerous to eat marinade from raw meat. This recipe calls for rib eye, which will provide two thick pieces of meat when halved and which you can cut into slivers when cooked.

Serves 6-8

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Griddled courgettes, tomato, feta and mint salad

By Ren Behan, August 30, 2012

Courgettes and tomatoes are plentiful at the moment. The summer flavours are lifted with fresh-tasting feta and garden mint, with a light cumin-scented dressing. Edible flowers, such as white nasturtium add a pretty touch, or you can sprinkle over dandelion petals from the garden.

Serves 2
Ingredients
2-3 large courgettes, washed
4 medium, ripe tomatoes
100g feta cheese, cubed

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The holiday tipple that travels rather well

By Richard Ehrlich, August 30, 2012

My apologies if this news annoys you, but by the time you read this, I will be in the Languedoc. My wife and I go to the same area most years, accompanied by whichever of our children deign to grace us with their presence. And whenever we drink white wine down there, we drink Picpoul de Pinet.

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How to Gain from a Windfall

By Victoria Prever, August 30, 2012

Every year Rochelle Schwartz noticed her neighbours’ garden disappearing under a mountain of unwanted apples. Horrified at the waste of perfectly good fruit, she found a solution. She, her husband, Peter Newton, and friend John Burgess co-founded London Glider Cider — producing a cider made entirely from apples picked from the gardens of suburban homes.

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How to Eat Well: Intolerances put to the test

By Ian Marber, August 30, 2012

Few things divide the nutrition professionals as much as the subject of food intolerances. Over the last decade I have heard of innumerable therapists all too glad to “diagnose” their clients with some food intolerance that is causing any number of symptoms.

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Roast peaches with lemon thyme

By Robert Thompson, August 23, 2012

These peaches are summer on a plate and a wonderful treat, especially with the lemon thyme and vanilla ice cream accompaniment
Serves 4
Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
6 peaches
1 bunch of lemon thyme
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of brown sugar
Vanilla ice cream
250ml of double cream
250ml of milk
6 egg yolks

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Salmon barbecued en papillote

By Josh Eggleton, August 23, 2012

This is an effortless way to cook salmon on the barbecue. The tin foil allows the fish to retain its moisture while absorbing flavours from the marinade. Double or triple the quantities if serving for a larger crowd, and for added flavour leave the salmon in the marinade well before cooking.
Serves 2
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes

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Why mixing with friends is the cheap way to drink

By Richard Ehrlich, August 23, 2012

I’m partial to the occasional glass of kir, the French aperitif of wine flavoured with creme de cassis. And to kir royale, in which the wine is fizzy. But I am much keener on serving it, especially when there are a lot of people around. When you have creme de cassis in the house, you don’t need to spend so much money on wine.

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Living the kibbutz lifestyle — in Edgware

By Victoria Prever, August 23, 2012

‘I’m known to my friends as Jew Fearnley-Whittingstall” quips Seth Belson. Picture a cross between celebrity cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Tom Good (he of 1970s self-sufficiency sitcom, The Good Life) and you will not be a million miles away.

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Crispy duck and watermelon salad

By Lisa Roukin, August 16, 2012

When roasting duck, it is important to drain off the fat that will accumulate in the tray. Remove the tray from the oven, put the duck on a plate, then carefully pour off the fat into a bowl. Return the duck to the rack and continue roasting. Repeat a few times during cooking.
Serves 6-8
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 90 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 whole duck, roughly 2kg

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Beetroot, mackerel, goat’s cheese salad

By Ren Behan, August 16, 2012

This was an accidental salad, the kind that you throw together with the contents of your fridge, but instantly love. For the best flavour, use a young, summer beetroot and follow the instructions below. You can also use a packet of pre-cooked beetroot, but I would steer away from the pickled variety. My favourite goat’s cheese is made on Childwickbury Farm in St Albans, also available online.

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Israeli technology uncorked

By Stewart Price, August 16, 2012

I srael’s world-leading technology is hardly news. But now Israeli scientists are making huge strides in an unexpected sector — wine-making.
The Golan Heights Winery was a collective founded in 1993 by a group of kibbutzim and villagers who settled in the north of Israel.

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Berry gazpacho with pistachio tuiles

By Fabienne Viner-Luzzato , August 9, 2012

INGREDIENTS
200g strawberries, hulled
200g raspberries
100g redcurrants, picked
50g blackberries
6 fresh mint leaves
50g icing sugar
2 tbsp blackcurrant jam
Juice of half a lemon

FOR THE BISCUITS
100g icing sugar
30g plain flour
80g butter
6 tbsp orange juice
75g pistachios, roughly chopped

Makes about 40 biscuits

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Do-it-yourself Israeli chicken shawarma

By Simon Round, August 9, 2012

Turkey shawarma, served with an array of sauces and salads, is a uniquely Israeli street dish. Making your own couldn’t be simpler. All you need is a giant rotisserie, a huge lump of meat, made with layers of turkey interspersed with lamb fat! Or you could try my cheat’s version.
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
350g skinless chicken thigh fillets
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander

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