To prepare couscous, follow instructions on the package and with a few additions, this quick and easy staple can go from humdrum to special. This is a great side dish that is wonderful for souping up the juices from chicken or beef. Jamie Geller of the Joy of Kosher, gives the tip that if you […]

Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins

The combination of Spinach, Raisins and Pine nuts, is traditional of the Jews of northern Italy and combines two symbols of Rosh Hashana, Spinach that is quick and abundant growing green and sweet raisins that are symbolic of our wish for a sweet new year. I love the way a mixture of raisins of different […]


Chraimeh is a traditional spicy sweet fish dish of the Jews of Tripoli. Jewish presence in Libya dates from the time of King Solomon and the first temple, Jews have lived in area consistently until WW2 when many of the community immigrated mainly to Israel and Rome. The traditional Chraimeh sauce has been combined with […]

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Using beetroot in this cake gives it extra moistness and depth of flavour and you are eating one of the seasonal foods as well. The gold lustre dust elevates a simple cake to something special. 4 medium cooked beets 2 tablespoons oil  75g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder  190g (1 ½ cups) plain flour  1/2 teaspoon […]

Carrot and Date Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This salad ranks amongst one of the favourites in our home, and is the perfect fit for Rosh Hashana using both carrots and dates. Here they are livened up with fresh mint and a zingy lemon vinaigrette. The hazel nuts are optional in this recipe as here are Jews who have the tradition to not […]

Perspectives – Rosh Hashana

On the first ever Rosh Hashanah, the first ever sin was committed: Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge. How incredible that our first sin was connected to food! Food that sustains us and nourishes us. Without it, we face hunger, disease, starvation and, ultimately, death. On the other hand, too much food […]