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.
10 dessert apples (I prefer jazz apples)
Juice of ½ lemon
100g melted butter (lightly salted) or margarine plus a little extra for greasing
230g semolina, fine
130g soft light brown sugar
130g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 large egg, beaten
50g pecans, chopped
This dish — known as Couscous Pkeila in Tunisia — works best in a pressure cooker. If you don’t have one cook it in a large, non-stick pot — the meat for 1½ to 2 hours plus another 45 minutes for the beans.
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: with pressure cooker: 1½ hours; without: 2 to 2½ hours
Za’atar is a spice mix used in Middle Eastern cooking; its ingredients can vary by region. You can find it in some supermarkets, online or in Middle Eastern grocers.
The za’atar mix that I use is made with wild thyme and sumac mixed with roasted sesame seeds and salt.
It’s great in marinades, and fantastic with yoghurt or as a dip for bread.
It is a Sephardi tradition to eat pumpkin on Rosh Hashanah, as a symbol for prosperity and happiness. This dip is a Libyan Jewish recipe usually served as a starter or to accompany couscous with a main course. Tuershi is the name for many Middle Eastern pickled dishes. This dish is slightly different as it is not purely pickled and it is simple and fat-free.
This version of harissa — also called Felfel uciuma — is a key ingredient in Libyan Jewish cuisine. It is simple, without many ingredients, with a real kick of hot spicy chilli. The lemon gives flavour and helps preserve it for a long time if chilled.
‘The fish must be market fresh and the batter crisp and light. I have cod battered, but haddock in matzah meal, cod is just too thick for that. I like my chips dry and slightly crisp with lots of hot fluffy potato in the centre and only fried once. Malt vinegar, followed by salt, because if you put salt on first the vinegar washes it away.
Kosher pop-ups are springing up everywhere. The latest is from Shana Boltin, the Australian pickle queen and cook behind www.picklenation.co.uk working with Aron Cohen. She’ll be serving creative, seasonal, vegetarian offerings. Check her blog or Twitter feed @shanabananab for information.
This is a refreshing summer dessert. For those who know the delicious Italian classic zabaglione — whipped egg yolks with Marsala wine, slowly cooked and whipped to make a cream – you are going to enjoy this one! And for those who don’t know it yet, then it is time to try it. And you can also use other toppings such as cinnamon or chocolate shavings. Or keep it plain.
When cherries are in their all-too-short season this is divine.
It is quick and easy to make and well worth the effort of stoning all those cherries. The smooth, deep pink frozen yoghurt is best eaten as soon as it’s made.
Halva is a confection originating in the Balkans and eastern Mediterranean regions. I have combined it with some cocoa powder to enhance the slightly chocolatey flavour from marbled halva — which can be found in kosher delis and supermarkets — but you can try other flavours like vanilla or pistachio. I use non-dairy cream so it is available after any meal and also because it is less rich.
This delicate ice cream is a taste of pure summer. For a dinner party dessert, roast an extra nectarine per guest. Don’t peel them and serve two halves per guest with the ice cream and Amaretti biscuits on the side.
Serves 4 – 6
Preparation: 10 mins plus churning/freezing
Cooking: 20 mins
4 large ripe nectarines, halved and stoned
1 tbsp caster sugar