It’s June already! Summer berries and salads abound.
Here's a quick round up of the last few weeks on my plate plus some pointers of where to find your next exciting mouthful:
I got to spend Pesach feasting in Israel with my family. Even over Pesach, Israeli food didn’t disappoint. The Tel Avivian markets and Mahane Yehuda were as good as ever. At two markets, schnitzels in challah smothered in rich tomato sauce and Israeli pickles were a huge hit. I'd fly back from one of those right now.
As I can’t get enough of a good thing, it’s perfect timing (for me) for the opening of Eyal Shani’s next London restaurant, Lilienblum. This week I’ll be popping in to review the menu.
As many Jewish families may also have done, we celebrated the King’s coronation with a very haimish spread of my favourite New York-style 'everything' bagels from Radlett’s bagel + schmear. Perfect topped with slices of salty smoked salmon or slathered with thick, dill-flecked cream cheese and for the younger members of my family — plain bagels with a schmear bursting with blueberries.
I’m lucky Radlett (home to bagel + schmear) is on my doorstep. London-based bread lovers may want to hotfoot it to Taste London at Regent’s Park (June 14 – 18) where you’ll be able to get your hands on the crisp, chewy bagels and range of flavoured schmears.
If you’re after a new podcast and like a bit of Jewish-related content, check out Ruthie’s Table. I found it via the JC’s spot of Yotam Ottolenghi’s comments on the (not so) great English breakfast and his secret school lunch ham sandwiches when growing up.
It’s a great listen and led me to an episode in which Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel share their Jewish food histories plus a two-parter featuring Jamie Oliver. Well worth a listen. Find it on Spotify or wherever you find your podcasts.
And while you’re there, the new JC podcast — Let’s Talk — hosted by our editor, Jake Wallis-Simons who schmoozes with guests like Rob Rinder (in the first episode) is worth clicking on.