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Parev, Lime ‘cheese cake’

Wednesday, 24th April 2019




This dessert can be made in advance and requires no cooking – just perfect for Seder night especially as this year it falls over Shabbats too! It’s light and tasty and just happens to be vegan as well!


Preparation Time: 20 minutes plus 4 hours soaking

Cooking Time: No Cooking!              Serves: 8- 10 people



300g macadamia nuts

300g cashews

150g pitted Medjool dates

50g dried coconut

90g coconut oil, melted (gently warmed)

30ml lime juice – approx 1 lime

150g raw agave nectar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

400g mixed berries, such as blueberries and raspberries




  1. Line a 22cm loose based cake tin with baking parchment paper.
  2. Place macadamia nuts in large bowl and cover with cold water for 1 hour.
  3. Place cashews in separate bowl and cover with cold water. Soak nuts 4 hours, then rinse, drain, and set aside.
  4. Pulse macadamia nuts, dates and coconut in food processor to a sticky crumb-like consistency. Transfer to the base of the prepared cake tin and press down to make the base.
  5. Place cashews, coconut oil, lime juice, agave nectar, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of water into the food processor.  Puree until smooth.
  6. Pour mixture onto the base, and freeze for 1 to 2 hours, or until firm.
  7. Remove from freezer, slice while frozen, and transfer to serving platter.
  8. Defrost in fridge 1 hour, or in the kitchen for 30 minutes; top with berries; and serve.
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Seder Night Beef Stew

Thursday, 11th April 2019




That special main course Seder night meal has to tick certain criteria; slow long cooking so food will not spoil, can be prepared in advance, uses readily available ingredients, easy to serve for large numbers, requires few kitchen utensils and above all will be thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family!


This recipe covers all these requirements and uses horseradish and parsley, the symbolic Seder night ingredients which you will no doubt have in your cupboards. The addition of dates adds a little natural sweetness to harmonize the overall combined flavours.


I like to serve it with either mashed or fondant potatoes.


Preparation Time: 25 minutes             

Cooking Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Serves: 8 people



3 tablespoons olive oil

3 kg shin of beef cut into 4 cm pieces

5 onions – peeled and sliced


4 large parsnips – peeled and cut into chunky wedges

4 large carrots – peeled and cut into chunky wedges

200ml red wine

500ml beef stock – 500ml hot water with 2 tablespoons beef stock

150g stoned dates

3 tablespoons Horseradish sauce

3 tablespoons parsley – roughly chopped


Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Garnish: Sprigs of Parsley – sprigs and finely chopped



  1. Preheat the oven to 170 F/ 325C/ Gas mark 3.

  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Sauté the beef until brown and the onions until softened and golden but not burnt.  This will take about 10 minutes.

  3. Transfer to a large ovenware dish.  Add the parsnips, carrots, red wine, stock, dates, horseradish sauce and parsley.

  4. Cover with foil and cook for a minimum of 3 hours.


To serve the stylish way; Garnish with sprigs and finely chopped parsley.

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Citrus Salmon Ceviche

Thursday, 4th April 2019



I love the simplicity of this dish.  Ceviche is marinated raw fish, a speciality from South America. Delicious as an impressive dinner party starter. It can even be made for Pesach.  Do use the freshest salmon available for the best results, frozen salmon is not suitable.

Preparation Time:15 minutes plus 45 minutes refrigeration time

Cooking Time:  No Cooking          
Serves: 2


175g skinless salmon fillet – centre piece

½ ripe avocado, diced

½ spring onion, finely chopped

1 large orange

½ lemon

½ lime

1 tsp honey

¼ tsp salt (I use Himalayan salt)

⅛ tsp cayenne pepper


Garnish: Sprigs of mint



  1. Cut the salmon into 2cm cubes and place it in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle salt over the fish, then squeeze the juice of half the orange, half lemon and half lime directly into the bowl and over the fish. Stir well and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. When the salmon is done, remove the peel and pith from the remaining half orange, and then, working over a bowl, carefully extract the flesh from between the membranes with the tip of your knife. Let those pieces of orange flesh fall into the bowl.
  3. Add the diced avocado and chopped spring onion to the bowl, and then carefully scoop out the cubes of salmon with a slotted spoon to add them to this bowl as well. Mix delicately until just combined and set aside. Reserve the marinade.
  4. To the citrus marinade, add the honey and cayenne pepper and mix with a whisk until well combined and slightly frothy.
  5. Place a 8 cm cookie cutter on a serving plate; spoon half of the salmon mixture into the pastry cutter and gently press it down with the back of a spoon.
  6. Remove the cutter and repeat with the remaining salmon mixture on a second plate. Garnish with some sprigs of mint and top with a few tablespoons of the citrus vinaigrette.
  7. Serve immediately

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Date & Meat Ball Tagine

Thursday, 28th March 2019



Choose the leanest beef mince for this recipe. Perfect for family gatherings as it is easy to serve and
the meat balls can be made and frozen in advance.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Serves: 8-10
4 onions – 2 quartered, 2 halved and sliced
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 garlic cloves
1 egg
1 teaspoon chilli powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 kg pack extra lean beef mince
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon ground coriander
300g chanteray carrot – cut in half or regular carrots cut into batons
400g tin chopped tomatoes
150ml red wine
2 lemons – zest (and use juice for bulghur wheat)
150g pitted dates
2 tablespoons vegetable stock powder
For the Bulghur Wheat
400g bulghur wheat
2 x 400g tin chick peas
1 tablespoon vegetable stock powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
Garnish: Sprigs of fresh coriander
1) Put the quartered onion in the food processor to finely chop.
2) Add 1 tablespoon tomato puree, the garlic, egg, chilli powder, cumin and salt and pepper and
blitz briefly again. Remove this mixture from the food processor and work the mince in with
your hands ensuring that it is evenly distributed.
3) Divide into even small balls, transfer to a plate and put in the fridge to firm up for 15 minutes.
4) Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the meat balls for 5 minutes to lightly brown.
Remove and transfer to a plate.
5) Add the sliced onion, turmeric, coriander, carrots to the pan and stir fry briefly to soften them a
6) Add the tomatoes, red wine and 1 tin of water, lemon zest, remaining tomato puree, the dates
and vegetable powder.
7) Return the meat balls to the pan, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the carrots are soft.
8) While the tagine is cooking, tip the bulghur wheat into a deep saucepan, add the chick peas
and liquid from the tin. Add 2 tins of water, the vegetable stock powder, ground coriander and
reserved lemon juice.
9) Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the bulghur wheat is cooked and liquid has been
Garnish with sprigs of fresh coriander.

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Butternut squash Parcel

Monday, 18th March 2019




This veggie main dish becomes a centre piece when carved into slices at the table. I like to serve it with a cider sauce.


Preparation Time: 25 minutes  
Cooking Time: Approx 2 hours          
Serves: 3-4


1 large butternut squash

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion – peeled and finely chopped

2 cloves garlic – peeled and chopped

50g Israeli pearl cous cous

25g raisins – soak in 50ml boiling water for 5 minutes and then drain

1 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon dried oregano

4 cherry tomatoes – roughly chopped

2 tablespoons freshly parsley – roughly chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


100g kale

50g chopped pecan nuts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

350ml cider

150ml double cream/ soya cream
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard



  1. Preheat oven to 170C Fan/ 190 C/ Gas mark 5.
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes in a pan of boiling water. Drain and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Scoop out some of the flesh ensuring that you leave a shell 2cm thick.
  5. Cook the cous cous according to the packet instructions and set aside.
  6. Finely chop the flesh from the scooped-out butternut squash and put into a frying pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes or until soft.
  7. Stir in the cooked cous cous, drained raisins, paprika, oregano, chopped tomatoes, parsley and salt and pepper and mix well.
  8. Season the butternut squash shell and gently spoon the stuffing into the cavity.
  9. Carefully put the two halves of the butternut squash back together to reform the squash and tie with string at intervals.
  10. Transfer to a roasting tin lined with baking parchment paper.
  11. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, season again and roast for 1  hour or until the squash is tender but still holding its shape.
  12. To make the sauce, put the cider into a saucepan and boil to reduce by ½. Pour in the cream, then simmer until thickened. Add the mustard and season.
  13. Blanch the kale in a large pan of salted boiling water for 1 minute to wilt, drain well and then toss with the extra virgin olive oil and season.
  14. Serve the butternut squash with the kale scattered with pecan nuts and the sauce on the side.  



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Pistachio Nut and Poppy Seed Biscuits

Friday, 15th March 2019




This is my Purim recipe which is suitable to be used for Misloach Manot or enjoy at the Purim Seudah.  It’s a biscuit roulade filled with a delicious filling of nuts and seeds, ingredients that Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, enjoyed whilst as a Queen in the Palace.


Preparation Time: 20  minutes       
Cooking Time: 20 minutes  
Makes: 20 biscuits

For the pastry

180g white rice flour

60g pistachio nut butter – or any other nut butter of your choice

60g maple syrup

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

⅛ tsp salt



2 tablespoons chopped pistachio nuts

2 tablespoons coconut sugar

2 tablespoons poppy seeds


1 egg white – to coat dough



1 tablespoon chopped pistachio nuts  

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

1 tablespoon poppy seeds



  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Process all pastry ingredients in a food processor until the mixture begins to form a ball (note: if the mixture is too runny, add a bit more flour, if too dry, add a bit more water).
  3. Form the mixture into a ball with your hands and knead briefly, then flatten into a rectangular.
    Roll the dough out with a rolling pin between two sheets of parchment until it’s about 3 cm thick.
  4. Brush the dough with egg white and then sprinkle the filling ingredients over the rolled-out pastry.
  5. Then carefully roll the dough into a tight log (lift the edge of the parchment paper underneath on the side from which you are rolling to help the log roll up more easily and evenly).
    Once rolled, glaze the pastry again with egg white and then sprinkle the top of the roll with the toppings and press them into the log lightly.
  6. Cut the log into slices (approximately 2 cm thick).
  7. Transfer the parchment that the log is on onto a small baking tray.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 mins.
    Then cool on a rack for 10 mins and enjoy!

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Griddled Macadamia and Apricot Cake

Friday, 8th March 2019



This is a delightful combination of macadamia nuts and succulent brandy soaked apricots made into a dessert cake. It can be displayed cut into slices and rows most appropriate for a buffet style dinner party. I have made it parev so that it makes it more flexible for your menu. The cake is a creation that can be 'jazzed up' or simply eaten with a cup of coffee or enjoyed as part of a picnic. I have served it with some non dairy cream cheese slightly sweetened with icing sugar. The alcohol in the apricots delicately comes through into the cream which gives it a nice kick!

Macadamia nuts have an exotic rich flavour and their oil is considered a delicacy. They are often served as dessert nuts often with chocolate! Like all nuts, their flavour improves when you roast them before cooking.


Preparation Time: 15 minutes plus 1 hour to marinate apricots

Cooking Time: 45 minutes  Serves: 6 -8 people




125g soft margarine                Garnish: 100g Chopped macadamias

150g caster sugar                                  75g Dried Apricots

100ml soya milk                                     'non dairy' plain cream cheese

250g Dried apricots                                (Toffuti) or use whipping cream

5 tablespoons brandy                            2 tablespoons icing sugar plus extra

150g SR Flour                                       to dust the plate

75g plain flour

125g chopped macadamias – toasted

3 eggs lightly beaten

1 tablespoon vegetable oil – to griddle cake                       



  1. Pour the brandy over all the dried apricots and leave for 1 hour.
  2. Line a loaf tin with non stick baking parchment paper.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ Gas mark 4.
  4. Combine the margarine, sugar, milk and drained apricots (keep 75g apricots for garnish) in a saucepan and stir until margarine melts and the sugar dissolves.
  5. Cool slightly, then stir in both flours, macadamias and eggs and mix until smooth.
  6. Spoon mixture into the prepared loaf tin.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  8. Turn out on a wire rack to cool.
  9.  Cut the cake into thick slices. Heat the oil in a griddle pan.
  10.  Griddle the cake for 3 minutes each side to makes stripes on the cake.  Place the remaining apricots in the food processor with the cream cheese or whipping cream and icing sugar.  Whizz gently to combine.


To serve the stylish way: Serve with the apricot 'cream' and extra toasted macadamias. Dust with icing sugar.

This cake can be served hot, warm or cold.


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Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Wednesday, 27th February 2019



I was excited to see that Oreos now produce parev mini biscuits……. So hence this new recipe.  Dinner party friendly, easy to make and definitely perfect when you have a big gathering over as it serves 12 people.

Preparation Time:   20 minutes plus overnight chilling       
Serves: 12 people

1 tablespoon vegetable oil – to grease the tin
1 litre non dairy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
100ml  Coffee or chocolate non dairy liquor
3 x  225g boxes Mini Oreo chocolate non dairy biscuits

1) Very lightly oil a 22cm springform cake tin, then line with cling film (the oil helps the   clingfilm to stick to the tin).
2) Whip the cream until thick, then add the vanilla extract and your chosen liquor.
3) To assemble the cake, line the bottom with biscuits, spread with a layer of cream mixture. Repeat slightly offsetting the next layer of biscuits so they are not sitting directly on top of each other.

4) Finish with a layer of biscuits.

5) Chill in the freezer overnight.  Loosen the cake tin, invert on to your serving dish and remove the cling film.

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Tricolour Minestrone

Friday, 22nd February 2019



In Italy, minestrone usually means a vegetable soup, although it might contain chicken or meat broths so always check this! Vegetables vary from recipe to recipe and region to region. Often pasta, beans and rice are added as well. Minestrone is sometimes served with pesto stirred in or with Parmesan grated on top like this one.


 I have chosen vegetables that are green, red and white giving a bright coloured appearance and texture that make the most of the freshness from the summer vegetables.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes   
Cooking Time: 15 minutes        
Serves: 6


3 tablespoons olive oil

2 red onions – finely chopped

1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste

450g Plum tomatoes – cut into small pieces

2 green courgettes – trimmed and roughly chopped

1 yellow courgettes or use a yellow pepper if unavailable – trimmed and roughly chopped

100g small pasta eg. Faralline (small bows) or macaroni - cooked

400g cannellini beans – rinsed and drained

3 cloves of garlic – peeled and sliced

1.2 litres vegetable stock

6 tablespoons shredded fresh basil

75g grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the red onions and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, courgettes and yellow pepper, beans, and garlic.
  3. Mix well and cook for a further 5 minutes.  Stir from time to time so that the vegetables do not stick to the saucepan.
  4. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are just cooked. (Over-cooked courgettes loose their colour and texture).
  5. Add the cooked pasta and stir. Check the seasoning.


To serve the stylish way

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the basil and half of the cheese. Taste for seasoning. Serve hot with the remaining cheese.

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Wicked Chocolate Pudding with Expresso Custard

Thursday, 14th February 2019




A dessert crested for anyone who loves chocolate.  The recipe works if you double it and make into a large pudding or serve in individual ramekins. It is a perfect winter entertaining dessert with a great combination of coffee and chocolate – heaven on a plate!

Preparation Time: 40 minutes  
Cooking Time: 50 minutes      
Serves:  8 people

200g type ‘00’ flour or plain white flour
200g sugar
Pinch salt
2 heaped teaspoons bicarbonate soda
4 eggs
50g unsalted butter/ margarine – melted plus extra to grease tin
60g smooth apricot jam
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
160ml milk/ soya cream
100g dark chocolate – cut into chunks or use chocolate drops

Coffee Custard

125ml double cream/ non dairy cream
125ml whole milk/ soya milk
2 eggs
25g sugar
1 ½ tablespoons custard powder
50ml expresso coffee

Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180C Fan/ Gas 6.
Line and grease a 1 litre square tin or 8 ramekins.
For the coffee custard, heat the cream and milk together in a saucepan until almost boiling, then set aside.
Whisk the eggs with the sugar in a mixer then add the custard powder, followed by the cream mixture. Transfer back to the saucepan and heat gently until thickened. Stir in the expresso and set aside.
For the sponge, sift all the dry ingredients together, then add the eggs, melted butter, jam and vinegar.

Gently beat together. Add milk and stir well.  Transfer to your prepared tin or ramekins.

Bake for 20 minutes, remove, then gently stir or stud the sponge with chocolate chunks

Return to the oven for a final 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Then cut into squares or remove from the ramekins.
To serve, preheat the oven to 220C/ gas mark 7. Put the sponge squares on a baking tray for 5minutes.
Warm the custard through gently and serve each pudding with the custard poured oven.




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