A lot can happen in two years. In 2013 I was unable to attend the annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience, sponsored by Kedem and held at the Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly. This year, after getting there late (idiotically missed my bus stop), I dived into tasting and quickly became aware of something curious.
This cake is very fast to make and can be put together in one bowl. It is also a healthier option and the carrots and pineapple count towards your ‘5 a day’ so ideal for family Purim celebrations.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
225g plain flour
2 tbsp poppy seeds
175g caster sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Cakis are tiny savoury biscuits - perfect with a Purim drink. You can add all sorts of things to the basic recipe to flavour them such as green olives, anise seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, nuts and anchovies. I have used olives, capers, jalapeno peppers and nuts.
V This is delicious with Greek yoghurt and topped with granola and blueberries. After the oat mixture has cooked, you can add whichever dried fruits you prefer. I love dried banana chips and pecans, but if there are other dried fruits, nuts or seeds you prefer feel free to use those.
Preparation: 20 mins
Cooking: 26-28 mins
The wonderful thing about sun dried tomatoes is they keep their flavour no matter the season. It is important that you use the dry tomatoes as the beauty of this recipe is that you can choose your own oil and herbs. Being Italian I like to add garlic, rosemary and capers but you can be creative with what you add. Use them in salads, on bruschetta, as pasta sauce and in may other ways.
Blush oranges, as blood oranges are so coyly named nowadays, are beautiful, but have such a short season. They make a gorgeously orange curd, which gives breakfast toast a zesty bite and is perfect for sandwiching between two Victoria sponge cakes. It is also delicious with Greek yoghurt.
5 or 6 blush oranges
155g caster sugar
4 large eggs, yolks only
115g unsalted butter
I took my wife out to dinner at Racine, a short walk from the V&A, for what is known in the matrimonial trade as a VIB.
Racine is one of her favourite restaurants, and mine too, for that matter. It’s a Paris bistro more properly Parisian than many you would find in Paris itself – though there wasn’t a scowl on the faces of any of the front-of-house staff.
Blood oranges are one of the few seasonal ingredients we still have. Sicilian and Spanish oranges are particularly good. The feta is my addition and is optional, but a lovely one which accentuates the contrast of sweet and savoury and also adds texture and colour. It makes a refreshing and different starter. Replace the blood oranges with regular oranges out of season.
I learned this recipe in a cooking class and it turned out to be a very successful dish with a surprising flavour combination. It is a wonderful use for date honey (silan in Hebrew), which is very popular in the Israeli kitchen. Date honey or date syrup is available from some UK supermarkets.
Serves: 4 - 6
Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking: 15 mins
By Zoe Winograd and Victoria Prever, February 28, 2014
Middle Eastern cooking is bang on trend.
Chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi and more recently, Eynat Admony (Balaboosta) have worked hard to ensure that the flavours of the shuk are now up there with French, Italian and other popular Mediterranean cuisines.
So much so that visitors to Israel now expect an epicurean adventure as well as the more traditional historical sights and sounds.
The flavour of smoked salmon is pleasantly complimented by the chard and dill pancakes in this delightful dish. These savoury pancakes, paired with the Sunday papers and a cup of coffee, could be the start of a perfect day.
Some food-and-wine pairings make such perfect sense that you’d be forgiven for assuming there is no alternative. And Champagne with smoked salmon is one of them. Fizz and fine acidity bring out the luxurious richness of a slice of Scotland’s finest, especially when the fish has been smoked by Lance Forman and his team.
Those of us who grew up in the days before salmon farming brought prices down, will remember it as the ultimate treat – reserved for restaurant meals, high teas and simchas.
It is a quintessentially Jewish fish - rivalled only by herring for a place in our hearts and history. So high does it sit in our esteem that we would pay good money for an audience with two of its purveyors.