I have fallen in love with soba noodles.  They have a hearty, nutty flavour and are so versatile. The first recipe I published with soba noodles was Oodles of Soba Noodles with Snow Peas and Mushrooms.  That recipe introduced umeboshi paste as the additional salty, pungent flavour.  Today’s recipe has a citrus-soy dressing with a […]

Soups are a favourite in my household.  I like to keep at least one, sometimes two stocked in the fridge or freezer for a light lunch or dinner.  Also they are excellent to have around to fill you up for a mid-day snack.   I’m always looking for an interesting recipe and today I have found […]

It’s Purim time again and it’s the most festive Jewish holiday of the year.  Lots of partying and celebrating and lots of food.  The story of Purim is told through the reading of the ‘Megillah’, the Book of Esther and recounts the heroism of Queen Esther, a Jewish woman who was married to King Achashverosh, […]

I confess, I’m a bit of a food collector. I have to have every kind of grain, rice, seed, nut and dried fruit in my pantry ‘just in case’ I need to prepare any recipe at a moment’s notice. And every spice, a variety of salts and peppers too.  So much so, that I had […]

I have to be one of the greatest fans of the Ottolenghi/Tamimi series of cookbooks.  Each book has the most beautifully photographed recipes and meals.  And the covers of these cookbooks are padded which makes them a joy to hold and peruse at leisure. I have prepared so many of the recipes and they each […]

When I have friends and family over for dinner, I love to have everyone in the kitchen talking and keeping me company as I am putting last minute touches on the main meal.  While each person has a refreshing drink in hand, I  put one or two appetizers out on my kitchen island for folks […]

Is it ice cream? Is it cake?  No, it’s super-cupcake!  I have a dear friend, Cathy, who is a wonderful cook and an imaginative baker.  She called me and said, “Come over and watch while I prepare a surprise treat for my daughter’s birthday party.  You should blog this!”.  And who am I to refuse […]


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