Ciabatta – Italian Sandwich Loaves

Ciabatta - Italian Sandwich Loaves
I always thought ciabatta was a recipe from antiquity. But it was actually invented in 1982 by Arnaldo Cavallari as a response to the threat posed by French baguettes. It seems resistance to a foreign invader created a new cultural phenomenon. I’d tried making them before but failed to master manipulating the super wet dough ...

Galit’s Mushroom and Cheese Tarts

Galit's Mushroom and Cheese Tarts
Galit made her Mushroom and Cheese Tarts the other day. Kath Wattam, who was visiting, said “Galit’s mushroom pastries are *SO GOOD*. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a better combination of mushrooms, pastry and eggs, and I’ve tried a lot of them.” Galit's Mushroom and Cheese Tarts A vegetarian main that is *SO GOOD*. ...

Onion Gravy for Bangers and Mash

Onion Gravy for Bangers and Mash
I’ve lived in the Uk for 16 years now and I quite like the British classic, Bangers and Mash. This is sausages and potato puree served with an onion gravy. Sausages and puree I could already do, but I needed a recipe for the gravy. This one combines a couple that I looked at on ...

Kath’s Knækbrød

Kath's Knækbrød
Kath Wattam served this up for brunch when we visit her in Copenhagen last week. We had eaten a delightful meal with a variety of cheeses on Knækbrød when we asked “Where can we buy some of these crackers?” It was only then we realised that Kath had made them herself. Fantastic. Great taste and ...

Dominic’s Spicy Apple Crumble – or is that a “Jack”? 2

Dominic's Spicy Apple Crumble - or is that a
In one of those strange sequence of events I bought my team at work some donuts and Dominic responded with a recipe for Apple Crumble. Dominic fancies a lot of crumble and a lot of spices and his recipe reflects this. But given the relish with which he described this masterpiece I’d say this is ...

Potato Latkes

Avichai Eisinger was coming to stay at Hanukah and he likes potatoes. So we asked his mum, Leah, what to make. Potato Latkes Leah Eisinger Print Recipe Ingredients  1 kg Potatoes 6-7 Medium sized2 cloves garlicBit of spicy paprikaSalt1-2 Eggs2-3 tablespoons flour Instructions Peel potatoes and grate them Grate or crush garlic Add everything together Mix well ...

Eti’s Pizza

Galit grew up thinking all Pizzas were vegetarian, and in our household that is true. I got the recipe from Eti Wainer-Iluz. One of Galit’s favourites – both Eti and the Pizza.  Eti's Pizza Eti Wainer-Iluz Print Recipe Ingredients  Ingredients for Bread Base1 teaspoon sugar2/3 cups warm water 1 part boiling to 2 parts cold20 g ...

Majadrah – Lentils, Rice and Onions

Back in the late eighties I was living in North Sydney. Most days I’d go down to the local Lebanese takeaway booth and buy a felafel roll. Very yum it was too. Not surprisingly after a couple of years of this I became friendly with the owner. One day, instead of my normal felafel roll, ...

Rachel’s Hobz Malti (Maltese Bread)

I mentioned my interest in Maltese bread to a Maltese colleague of mine. He asked some relatives for recipes and this one came back from a friend of a friend called Rachel – an Anthropologist who spent some time studying the lives of Maltese bread makers. Rachel's Hobz Malti (Maltese Bread) Rachel the Anthropologist I'm ...

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters
Galit wanted some creamed sweetcorn from a can. After half a can she had had enough … my challenge was to figure out what to do with the other half a can. Corn Fritters seemed a good solution. These come out nice and puffy and are perfect with either tomato sauce (ketchup), Greek Tzatziki, and/or ...