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Форшмак (herring spread)

Форшмак (herring spread)

This is one of those things that taste weird to you as a child but are irresistible once you grow up. You will need: 3 herring fillets 1/4 yellow onion 1/2 bread roll soaked in water and squeezed 2 tbsp. room temperature butter 1 tbsp. vinegar 1/2 apple, peeled and cored pepper to taste The … Continue reading

Israeli marinated eggplant

Israeli marinated eggplant

A must at a summer table.  Adopted from “1,000 Jewish Recipes” by Faye Levy. You will need: 2 medium eggplants 2/3 cup + 2 tbsp. olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. cumin 1/4 cup vinegar 1/4 cup chopped cilantro salt and pepper to taste The recipe: Cut eggplants into circles.  Sprinkle them with salt … Continue reading

Fludn

Fludn

I remember the divine taste of these little sweet bars from my childhood.  My grandmother used to make these.  Unfortunately, she died when I was very young, and the recipe died with her.  It was way before I was old enough to ask for the recipe and preserve it.  When I grew up and started cooking myself, I … Continue reading

Russian teacakes

Russian teacakes

One time I ordered cookies in an Israeli restaurant, and I was very surprised when they brought me these familiar treats that I have always known as Russian teacakes. You will need: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus some more 1 tsp. vanilla 1 egg 2 cups flour 1/2 cup finely … Continue reading

Mideteranian marinated peppers

Mideteranian marinated peppers

Adopted from “1,000 Jewish Recipes” by Faye Levy. You will need: 4 large red bell peppers 4 cloves garlic 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup vinegar pinch cumin pinch cayenne salt and pepper to taste The recipe: Broil or grill the peppers turning them every 5 minutes until all sides are charred. Let cool. Peel … Continue reading

Chocolate matza cake

This is a staple on our Passover table. You will need: 7 sheets of matza 1 cup condensed milk 1 semi-sweet chocolate bar 1/4 cup butter 1 cup grape juice or sweet wine some sliced toasted almonds for garnish (optional) The recipe: To melt the chocolate, place heat-proof bowl over a pan of gently boiling … Continue reading

Almond and olive oil cake

Courtesy of The Holiday Kosher Baker cookbook. You will need: 3/4 cup sliced almonds 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup flour 1/2 cup ground almonds 1.5 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. almond extract zest of one orange The recipe: Preheat oven to 350F.  Line spring pan with parchment … Continue reading

Noodle kugel

Noodle kugel

You will need: 12 oz wide egg noodles (usually found in a Kosher section of your supermarket) 1/2 stick melted butter 1 lb ricotta cheese 2 cups sour cream 1/2 cup sugar 6 eggs 1 tsp. ground cinnamon The recipe: Pre-heat oven to 375F.  Cook noodles according to directions.  Strain.  In a large bowl, combine … Continue reading

Israeli salad

This makes salad enough for 2 (or if you love this salad you can eat the whole thing by yourself).  Adjust the quantities for larger party. You will need: Tomatoes (roughly 3) Small pickling cucumbers (roughly 2, or 1 large) Green onions (roughly 2) Parsley (roughly 1/4 cup) Dill  (roughly 1/4 cup) Olive oil Lemon juice … Continue reading

Latkes

Now, being Hanukkah, this recipe is very appropriate.  Latkes come in many different varieties, but I still prefer the classic.  You can serve them with practically anything – applesauce, sour cream, a combination of yogurt – sour cream – dill, smoked salmon.  You can look up an accompaniment in Jewish cookbook, or even make up your … Continue reading