Mar 292008
 

[Translate] Za’atar which is called hyssop in English is used to make tea, mixed with sesame seeds, sumac and salt and slathered with olive oil on bread, put on top of labane and in my case it is mixed with matzah meal as a coating for red mullet. Moses Maimonides, a philosopher, rabbi and physician who lived in North Africa and Egypt, prescribed za’atar as an antiseptic, a cure for intestinal parasites, a cold remedy, loss of appetite and flatulence. Rubbing the sides of the head with za’atar oil was believed to reduce headaches. There is also a belief that this particular spice mixture makes the mind alert and the body strong. I like za’atar Click here to continue reading this post

Sep 292007
 

[Translate] Friday night we decided to have fish, so I made my take on Fish and Chips. I use all types of fish filets for shallow frying, such as cod, halibut and flounder. On Friday, I used red mullet, or barbounia as it is called in Hebrew. We had the following: Cocktail hour: Mango-Pineapple Caipirinha Red Mullet with a Panko-Sesame, Oregano and Parsley Crust Crushed Potatoes with Chives, Garlic, and Yogurt Green peas Heilbronner Stiftsberg Riesling 2005 Leftover Quince Tart PrintRed Mullet with a Panko-Sesame, Oregano and Parsley Crust Serving Size: 2 350g (3/4lb) small or 4 medium red mullet filets 2 cups panko crumbs 1 tablespoon fresh parsley 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or thyme Click here to continue reading this post

Aug 262007
 

[Translate] Last night I made a nice light fish dish for a hot August night. PrintLemon Sole Serving Size: 2 6 fillets of sole Zest of 1 lemon Juice of 3 lemons 1 cup dry white wine 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons single cream (half and half), creme fraiche or thick yogurt Put approximately two tablespoons of olive oil in pan on a medium flame. Add the garlic and then the fish, lemon juice, white wine and the thyme. Cook covered for about five minutes or until the fish is done. Remove the fish and reduce the sauce to about a third, add the cream and stir until thickened. Click here to continue reading this post

Jun 162007
 

[Translate] I know I misspelled the word “Plaice”, but I did it on purpose. We had Plaice for dinner last night. I like this delicate fish because you can season it just about anyway you like and is a great entree for a hot summer night. I served this fish with corn on the cob and sauteed zucchini with thyme and yogurt. To close, my husband made a lovely fruit salad to which he added minced fresh ginger and topped if off with a small scoop of the remaining cardamom ice cream. PrintLemon-Ginger Plaice Serving Size: 3 6-9 small plaice, depending on the size 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon ginger, Click here to continue reading this post

May 132007
 

[Translate] King Solomon described the receiving of the Torah as “honey and milk guarded under your tongue”. Shavuot is not only the celebration of the receiving of the Torah from Mount Sinai and the ending of the morning-period that began after Passover, but it is also when the wheat was harvested in Israel. Farmers brought their first fruits to the Temple from the following seven species: Wheat Barley Grapes Figs Pomegranates Olives Dates We usually serve at least one dairy meal, followed by a meat meal during Shavuot and there are many different explanations to why we do this. One is because when the Torah was received, the Jews were immediately bound to the ritual Click here to continue reading this post

May 052007
 

[Translate] No we are not Catholics, but we love fish and usually eat it two or three times a week. Did you know that batter-fried fish, as in “Fish & Chips” was a Portuguese Jewish invention and was introduced to England by Portuguese Jewish immigrants? One trip to London to visit my mother-in-law I had a hankering for fish and chips, so my lovely husband took me to a very nice and well known fish and chips restaurant, called The Nautilus (27-29 Fortune Green Road London NW6 1DU), in West Hampstead. Instead of using the heavy batter that some places use, they used a nice light coating of matzah meal! It was the best fish Click here to continue reading this post

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