Root vegetables are a seasonal staple for Sukkot and Rosh Hashana, as well as a Pesach-friendly side and an alternative to white potatoes. These sweet vegetables are also ideal for Rosh Hashana, where we have the custom to eat sweet foods for a “good and sweet new year,” and we eat gourds such as squash as one of the Simanim, representing our desire that, if it be Hashem’s will, that the evil of our verdicts be torn apart, and that our merits be announced before Him.
Oily fried foods such as potato latkes and doughnuts are traditionally eaten in homage to the miracle of Chanukah, where a small jug of oil discovered amongst the ruins of the Temple managed to light the menorah for eight whole days.
Traditionally a sugary treat, we have seen a trend towards savoury doughnuts in the past few years, fulfilling the custom of fried treats, but flipping the notion of a doughnut on its head. Our savoury doughnuts are a riff on Chinese duck pancakes and get their sweetness from hoisin sauce, whilst the meat filling and garlicky dough offer a savoury twist.
A spin on a Chanukah classic, and bursting with the flavours of salt beef, pickles, mustard and caraway, our stuffed latke ‘Deli Bon Bons’ pay tribute to the Jewish Eastern European Immigrants to America who founded New York Deli culture and created an icon of American gastronomy.
If you’ve lost count of the number of doughnuts you’ve tried, why not try this amazing Chanukah treat instead… Sfinge! A dish popular amongst Moroccan Jews and other Sephardim for Chanukah, it is more of a free-form doughnut than the jam filled variety and is served drizzled with honey or sprinkled with sugar. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, this fried treat is a great way of celebrating and commemorating the miracle of Chanukah.
Serves 8-10 Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: approx 5 hours Sweet, sticky, smokey and indulgent, our barbecue sauce-smothered brisket is simple to make and super adaptable. Whether you have it piled high in a bun with a side of fries, served on a bed of mashed potatoes, or even strewn cold on top […]
Serves 8-12 Prep time: 5 mins | Cooking time: approx 2-3h Salt Beef, or Corned Beef, is often seen in the West as one of the most quintessentially Jewish foods. Its popularisation through Kosher delis across the United States of America and in London’s East End may be responsible for the association between Jews, salt […]
This ancient Middle Eastern Chanukah fritter goes under many different names and guises, but the principle is always the same; a thin yeasted batter that is deep fried, before being drenched in a sugar syrup or honey. The name, Zalabia, is an Arabic term used by Mizrahi and Yemenite Jews, and known as burmuelos in Ladino. In the Ta’amim version we have used lemon and orange blossom water, but feel free to play around with the flavours, try rose water, honey, cinnamon, saffron, black cumin or star anise. Enjoy while hot!