Many of the sacrifices made in the name of a kosher home have little impact on our lives. No seafood? Less chance of violent food poisoning. No pork? One less unhealthy animal fat to ingest. Hardly a disadvantage.
This is a refreshing low fat parev summer soup. It is a great way to start a barbecue or perfect for when you are entertaining, as it is easy to serve and very quick to make. It looks great served in small tumblers or, alternatively, in shot glasses. Garnish the glass rim with lime zest. Add finely chopped avocado and cherry tomato before serving.
Jam is a lovely way of preserving some of our beautiful summer fruits. Making jam needs no special equipment, although you may find a jam funnel useful for the hot jars to prevent the jam dribbling down the sides.
Preparation time : 10 minutes. Cooking time: 45-55 minutes, Makes 1 x750ml jar or 3 x 250ml jars
1kg blackcurrants, stalks removed
750g jam sugar
The story of Israeli bakers finding success in London is hardly big news.
Anyone worth their cake knows that the most recent success stories in the life of the loaf have been Israeli — Gail’s, Ottolenghi and Baker and Spice all have Israeli founders or co-founders. Israelis are to be found in many bakery kitchens.
‘But you’re a Jew — you’ll never survive in the country!” That was the reaction when Joanna Weinberg mentioned to an acquaintance that she was off to live in deepest Somerset with her family, husband Ed and children, May aged four and two-year-old Billy.
Last year a great battle was won in a long war. The struggle was not over land, oil or religion. It was over a cream and fruit-filled meringue pudding.
Australia and New Zealand have both claimed to be the originating country of this favourite dessert, said to be inspired by a tutu draped in green silk cabbage roses worn by the ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, when she toured down under in 1926.
Kosher wine has arrived. The wine list at Spain's El Celler de Can, one of the world's top restaurants, offers selections from kosher producer Elvi Wines. The Michelin-starred venue is not alone. Until it closed its doors recently, the world-famous El Buli also kept Elvi bottles in the cellar.
Blood oranges add much-needed colour to drab grey days and are one of the few truly seasonal fruits. Blink and you'll miss them. Before they vanish for another year, try this colourful salad. If you can't find blood - or as some supermarkets coyly term them, blush oranges - use ordinary ones. If you're in a hurry, pre-cooked beetroot (not in vinegar) works fine.
Cardamom and pistachio give a modern spin and a bit of crunch to the best way of using up spotty brown bananas. Ground cardamom can be bought online. For an even better flavour, extract and grind the seeds from 10 green cardamom pods using a spice grinder or pestle and mortar.
This is delicious served warm with butter, but equally good with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of honey.
'The last time I saw this many expectant Jewish faces was at my barmitzvah," quips Ian Marber. The celebrated diet expert is giving his inaugural talk as patron of the newly founded Food Academy at the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Golders Green building.
Katz's deli, Carnegie Deli, 2nd Avenue Deli. Who hasn't heard of them? New York has for years been delivering legendary Jewish food, sometimes immortalised in movies, in a way London has never really matched.
Food trends tend eventually to cross the pond, but for whatever reason, Jewish food has remained entrenched in London's north-western suburbs.
Style: Simple home-style food with an Iraqi slant.
Dangoor follows in the footsteps of Claudia Roden in documenting and preserving the recipes of her childhood, "out of a desire to teach my nephews and their generation how to cook the Iraqi dishes they loved so much".
Russell and Juliette Joffe, founders of restaurant chain Giraffe, were childhood "eat-hearts". They met at Hendon County school (alma mater of Peter Mandelson, Gerald Ratner, and Robert Earl of Planet Hollywood) at the tender age of 13. Throughout their teens the foodie pair threw dinner parties - he in the kitchen, she front of house.
This quick-to-prepare, fruity salad is always a hit, and stretches a few chicken breasts a long way. Poaching the chicken gently keeps it tender; and dressing it while warm keeps it moist and packed with zingy flavour. You can also make it with leftover cooked chicken. It looks pretty piled on salad leaves. Serve with crusty bread to mop up.