Honey Cake with Ginger

Well, the honey cake, or lekach, is normally ready well before Rosh Hashana, which was a week ago. But it’s not possible to be Wonder Woman every minute of every day (getting into this costume alone is hard work). Luckily, it’s never too late for cake. (more…)


September 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cultural Feasts, Festive, Jewish, Rosh Hashana. 3 comments.

Rosh Hashana 5771: And Cake Makes the New Year Sweet

It was 12 years ago that my husband and I were at a party and we spied a friend’s incredibly cute curly-mopped 3-year-old hogging the buffet table and stuffing his fat cheeks with honey cake.

“I want one of those!” I declared to the hubby fresh off the chuppah.

“What, a baby?” he asked, brows raised.


September 8, 2010. Tags: , , , . Baked Goods, Cultural Feasts, Festive, Jewish, Kids, Rosh Hashana, Stories. 4 comments.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

It was nostalgic cooking with butternut squash recently, a much-neglected activity since the early months of weaning both my children. It has literally been years since I have picked up this fruit, preferring instead to make pies, couscous, roasted veg dishes and soups with pumpkin instead.

Back in the day, I’d skin the Mr-Peanut-shaped, pale beige butternut, cube and steam it, then whizz it into the most attractive orange-colored (more…)

October 15, 2009. Tags: . Autumn, Festive, Gluten-free, Rosh Hashana, Soups, winter. 2 comments.

Melon Soup (Recession-Friendly)

So I copped out on the chicken soup and matzo balls this year. What can I say, it’s a recession and I couldn’t countenance wasting an entire carcass for what would have been, no doubt, a tasty soup. Besides, the butcher was long on non-kosher sausages and short on chicken bones. Instead, I reproduced a soup I came up with a few weeks earlier when I found myself with two voluptuous melons fast ripening and fast stinking up my kitchen – this is what melons do if you haven’t room in your fridge for them – and had to find a non-wasteful way of using them up. (more…)

September 21, 2009. Tags: , , , . Autumn, Festive, Jewish, Passover, Rosh Hashana, Soups, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian. Leave a comment.

Rosh Hashana 5770

A sweet and happy new year to you all! It’s the first day of the ten High Holidays of awe in the year 5770. A friend sent me a joke saying the Chinese year is 4706, meaning the Jews had gone without Chinese food for more than a thousand years, a period known as the Dark Ages 😉

Pomegranates are traditionally eaten on the second night (tonight), as they are a new fruit, and supposedly contain 613 seeds, the same as the number of commandments in the Torah. I don’t know if you’ve ever ascertained the truth of this, but I gave up on the pommy after digging out 15 seeds with a spoon. Not the easiest thing, especially after chopping up a vat of lamb and several fridgeloads of veggies. With luck, I’ll have more patience with those commandments. And hopefully some feeling will return to these fingers soon.

Stay tuned, the New Year honey cake comes next!

Check out this gorgeous and extremely large salad our friends Josh and Emily brought round last night, which stars pomegranate seeds that they dug out with grace 🙂

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September 19, 2009. Tags: , . Festive, Jewish, Rosh Hashana. Leave a comment.