Yom Kippur – before and after

Yom Kippur – before and after

We are compiling a food article on how people prepare for Yom Kippur, and especially what dishes they break the Fast with. What better than a cup of tea and a thickly buttered slice of hallah? Or does it have to be chopped herring? Please write in to wimshulcooks@gmail.com with your recipes, ideas and memories … Continue reading

A post-modern honey cake?

A post-modern honey cake?

“Dip the apple in the honey …” By Eleri Larkum What if, I mused, having passed out one day in front of Pinterest, what if, instead of apple, it was apple cake, and instead of honey, it was honey cake, and instead of dip, it was cook. “Cook the apple (cake) in the honey (cake)” … Continue reading

Follow Sybil Sheridan’s Living Below the Line Challenge

Dear Friends Yesterday evening I began to live below the line with a tomato risotto for two people that cost 61p. Over the next five days I shall be blogging on shopping cooking, eating and the state of the world.  Check it out on https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/sybil and spread the word. Sybil

Bagels at the Heder

Bagels at the Heder

by Camilla McGill The idea of the PTA providing bagels at the heder came from Yvonne Mason.  When I started to get involved about four years ago we were buying them from the Polish deli in Streatham who sold them to us in large paper sacks of 50 bagels which we froze.  I noticed that … Continue reading

Bagel Heaven

Bagel Heaven

Click here for details of Eleri’s bagel workshop on Sunday 23rd March at 8pm – a few spaces still available…. By Eleri Larkum There’s something magical about bread making. How a teaspoon of yeast turns a bowl-full of flour and water into this: You wait a bit, and shape it: wait a bit more: then put … Continue reading

Love that Hallah

Love that Hallah

Photos of Eleri Larkum’s heart shaped hallah in the making – much enjoyed at the Young Families havurah meal on Valentine’s evening.  

Invitation to a bagel workshop

Invitation to a bagel workshop

Bagel Workshop! Sunday 23rd March 8pm Eleri Larkum will lead this workshop, and take you through the process of making beautiful round bagels. You know you’ve always wanted to learn how to make them… Price £15 All proceeds will go towards funding the Wimshul Cooks Cookbook. RESERVATION DETAILS Reservation and payment details: (a) Email wimshulcooks@gmail.com to … Continue reading

A cake fit for a Rabbi

A cake fit for a Rabbi

by Eleri Larkum This was, all in all, the easiest  request ever. Well, it was, once it was jokingly suggested a cake showing the rabbi hanging up her tallit. Obviously I had to tweak the commission a little, but the idea of a tallit cake took root, and here it is. As to the making, … Continue reading

Rabbi Sybil and two kinds of nourishment

Rabbi Sybil and two kinds of nourishment

To mark the retirement of Rabbi Sybil, a special service and kiddush was held at Wimbledon and District Synagogue. One of the many highlights of the service was Rabbi Sybil’s commentary on the weekly portion on the theme of “spirituality and food”, and she has kindly allowed us to reproduce it below. It expresses so … Continue reading

2013 highlights for wimshul cooks

2013 highlights for wimshul cooks

WordPress.com has prepared a 2013 annual report for wimshul cooks with all sorts of interesting facts and figures. Highlights include: The blog has been viewed in 73 countries – the UK, Israel and the US being the most frequent Betty’s lokshen pudding was the most popular post of 2013 and is getting regular traffic via … Continue reading

Welsh Cakes and Strudel: A Barmitzvah Baking Tale

Welsh Cakes and Strudel: A Barmitzvah Baking Tale

Article by Liz Ison At the recent barmitzvah of Owen Woolf, we were treated to a really special Kiddush lovingly prepared and baked in Cardiff and personally delivered to Wimbledon Synagogue by Owen’s grandmother, Renee (pronounced Reenie). Wimshul Cooks caught up with Renee afterwards. How did you come to agree to bake for the Kiddush? … Continue reading

Hanukkah mash-up

Hanukkah mash-up

Happy Hanukkah from Wimshul Cooks This is a non-edible, cultural (& homemade) kind of mash(-up). A Ladino one and a Yiddish one (watch out for the dancing latkes)

Inclusive latkes and apple sauce

Inclusive latkes and apple sauce

Gluten-Free Latkes An inclusive recipe for a Hanukkah gathering By Anne Clark 500 ml peeled, grated, raw potato (or 350 ml regular potato plus 150 ml grated onion and/or carrot and/or sweet potato) 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour or gluten-free plain flour chopped parsley or coriander salt, pepper, paprika, ground nutmeg corn oil … Continue reading

The festival of chocolate…I mean lights

The festival of chocolate…I mean lights

Come and buy some unique chocolate hanukkiot at this Sunday’s (24th November) Wimbledon Synagogue Hanukkah Fair between 12 and 2pm. As well as buying candles and gifts for the festival, you can pick up lunch – there’ll be bagels with various fillings, sushi, hot latkes and doughnuts. The chocolate hanukkiot have been specially made by DeRosier Chocolates based in … Continue reading

Spinach three ways

Spinach three ways

A very successful workshop on all things spinach was led by Claudia Camhi. Participants helped her prepare a spinach minna – a special Sephardic dish for Passover, followed by a delicious spinach and ricotta quiche. We then learned the techniques of making perfect crispy spinach-stuffed bourrekas. Thank you, Claudia, for a very enjoyable evening.

Hannah’s Most Dangerous Cake

Hannah’s Most Dangerous Cake

At Wimbledon Synagogue, there are great bakers and foodies of all ages, and we are really pleased to feature a cookbook written by Hannah O’Keeffe, aged 13, who had her batmitzvah in October at Wimbledon Synagogue. For her tzedakah project (carried out as part of her batmitzvah preparations focusing on the mitzvah of charity), she … Continue reading