Raw, massaged kale salad would definitely be on my final meal list. When kale is massaged, its cellulose structure breaks down and wilts, so the tough fibrous leaves become silky and take on a subtle sweetness.
Discarding any large kale stalks makes it easier to massage and to eat.
He loves to eat, but when he opened his eclectic bookshop in London’s Temple Fortune and added a little cafe, lawyer-turned-bookseller-and-restaurateur Michael Joseph never imagined it would one day become a dining destination.
The annual André Simon Awards for best food and drink book were awarded a few weeks ago. The drinks winner was Wine Grapes: A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz (Penguin, £120).
These aubergine rolls make a tasty starter and are also perfect for picnics or in a lunch box. The secret of the pretty cooking lines is to ensure that the griddle pan or barbecue is hot and that you leave the aubergine to fry for two to three minutes without turning. If you sprinkle the slices with salt before cooking, it reduces the amount of oil they absorb.
This is my adaptation of a wonderful old recipe from Florence’s Jewish community. I add more egg whites than is recommended in the original to make it a little lighter. The cake is extremely versatile as it has both sweet and savoury elements. Great for brunch, or as a savoury side dish or as a dessert served on its own or with strawberries and ice cream.
These mini treats are ideal not just for breakfast — especially for children — but for lunch or brunch too. You can try other fillings such as sun-dried tomato, olive and basil, or roasted vegetable, or sauteed courgettes and chopped mint.
1 tbsp sunflower oil
150g button mushrooms, sliced
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
120g grated cheddar cheese
My children love a bubelach (or matzah meal pancake) for Passover breakfasts. I up the nutritional value using whole milk as well as either blueberries or banana. For a special treat I add a tablespoon of drinking chocolate (leaving out the sugar) to the basic mix and a handful of raspberries.
Makes: 12 small pancakes
60g fine (cake) matzah meal
Large pinch of salt
When I was a young lad, my favourite part of the Seder meal was — I am not kidding — the karpas. In our house it was crinkly parsley (flat-leaf hadn’t appeared on the gastronomic horizon then) and I can still remember swirling it around vigorously in the salt water.
When we last met Deb Perelman of The Smitten Kitchen — her cookery blog for which she cooks and photographs recipes from her tiny New York kitchen — she was regularly cooking (virtually of course) for four million people.
Fast-forward two years and Perelman’s audience has more than doubled, with close to 10 million salivating readers clicking on her site each month.
PREMISE: Food bloggers are the hip thing in cookery writing. Australian Clancy, a former food scientist and the creator of www.thestonesoup.com, is the latest to publish with a collection of simple dishes. As the name suggests, each requires only a handful of ingredients and will be ready in 10 minutes.
When the Chinese wine market first started taking off in earnest a few years ago, there were reports of consumers who mixed classed-growth claret with Sprite or Coca Cola. I’ve never been able to verify just how widespread that practice was, but things have moved on since then – thank goodness.
Very few things can compete with macaroni cheese for warming, homely comfort food and it’s perfect for cold winter nights. I infuse the milk for my cheese sauce with bay and thyme in this simple recipe. It gives the dish a wonderfully herby aroma, and is a delicious twist on a family favourite.
When I was young, Purim engendered a modest amount of excitement at the thought of eating hamantaschen. But hamantaschen were as nothing compared with the kreplach soup we had for lunch. The dish marked the beginning of my lifelong love affair with dumplings.