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.
Indulge with these killer chocolate and pear muffins. They are soft and delicious. I love the combination of pear and chocolate, but you can also leave the pears out and treat yourself to pure chocolate heaven. I made heart shaped muffins but you can use any muffin shape you like or use the whole mixture to bake an 18cm cake. The chocolate sauce contains uncooked eggs.
When some dinner guests arrived a few weeks ago, one of them said she was not drinking. Joan is a singer, and I assumed that she had to protect her voice for a recital. But I was wrong. She was abstaining because she wants to cure cancer.
This dish — which I make with gluten-free pasta — is quick and easy, I always have frozen peas and a jar of ready-made caramelised red onion to hand. Coconut milk gives this dish a creaminess. Serve warm or as a salad.
Breading schnitzels and painting delicate pastry layers with butter is not most little boys’ idea of fun, but to Ed and Ben Robson, it was the most enticing aspect of life with their grandparents in London’s Hatch End.