Yonatan Roshfeld made Israel’s version of Masterchef one of the most viewed television programmes in the country’s history. The bald, blue-eyed, baby-faced chef has garnered loyalty in a town where the hottest places are often the newest ones.
“Next time, can you ask them to send a paperback?” Thus spake my wonderful postman after handing me The World Atlas of Wine, by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. And I couldn’t blame him: at 2.25kg, this volume is no joke when added to an already-full postbag.
This is a light dessert that’s crumbly and buttery on the bottom and very simple to make. Apricots or peaches also work well. It can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days — serve at room temperature.
Straightforward to prepare and cook, simple to clean up, deliciously warming and reasonably healthy . . . you couldn’t ask for anything more.
4 tbsp oil
2 potatoes, washed, sliced in half lengthways and into wedges
6 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
3 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
1 red onion, peeled and roughly chopped into wedges
Muffins can be both savoury and sweet. Having said that, what else is better than a sweet muffin studded with chocolate and raspberries? In fact, be careful – if you make this recipe, you may never eat savoury food ever again. These muffins can be a naughty breakfast, or a perfect sugar injection halfway through double lectures.
It is customary to celebrate Simchat Torah with a little bit more alcohol than on a normal day, and so this is a perfect occasion to cook with it. Try this delicious and simple but impressive recipe — one of my old time favourites. Marsala, a Sicilian dessert wine, gives a slight sweet flavour. If you can’t find kosher Marsala use kiddush wine or Port.
Preparation: 10 minutes plus 24 hours curing
For the salmon:
½ side of salmon – head side approximately 750g
2 packs of cooked beetroot in own juice, sliced (thickness of a £1 coin)
200g granulated sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
2 tbsp fennel seeds
2 tbsp cracked black pepper
Drizzled with chocolate and packed with fruit, this is my lightest, ultra-moist carrot cake — a carrot cake with attitude. For the best results only grate the carrots when ready to use and do mix them with lemon juice, or they are inclined to go brown.
Serves: 10 people generously
Preparation: 15 minutes plus 30 minutes soaking time
Cooking: Approximately 1 hour
A refreshing Middle Eastern dessert is the result of a cooking spree with my Israeli friend Einav. It is rich and sweet in flavour for the dates, beautiful and tasty for the use of whole green pistachios and exotic coconut.
Makes: 1 roulade of 25-30 slices
Preparation: 20 minutes plus 2 hours freezing
How important is the food that a restaurant serves? For Guy Michlin, the Israeli founder of EatWith, the food is less important than the company: the social aspect of dining is the key to creating a memorable experience.
The Torah tells us that the 5 types of grain: wheat, oat, spelt, barley and rye, plus any grape or wine products, are all required to be eaten in the succah and need a special blessing. This delicious date and walnut bread can be shaped either into two large loaves or into small rolls. Perfect with hot soup or toast and enjoy with your favourite cheese.
This cold lemon schnitzel is an ideal dish for a Succot meal or a summery Shabbat lunch. It is easy and delicious and can be made with chicken or veal. You can also use vegetable or chicken stock instead of water if you like strong flavours. It was kindly given to me by Jose Romano Levi from Ferrara, home of a fascinating and long-standing Jewish community.
This vegan and gluten free dish is packed with delicious Asian flavours. Quinoa is high in protein and gluten free, and far healthier than white rice/pasta. So don’t feel bad about grabbing seconds — or even thirds. Serve with poached eggs for extra protein.
Preparation: 40 mins
Cooking: 20 mins
200g fine trimmed green beans, finely chopped
This easy dessert is perfect for sunken honey cake disasters or to use up leftovers — if you have any. You can replace the Marsala with any sweet wine or even the syrup from poaching the fruit. If you cannot find fresh figs, tinned or bottled ones in syrup or wine are perfect – no need to poach and you can use the syrup to spoon over the cake.