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Chocolate Babka; Passover, Food and Memory

Chocolate Babka; Passover, Food and Memory

This post by Aaron Vallance, Wimbledon Synagogue Cookbook contributor (amongst many other accolades), first appeared on his blog 1-Dish-for-the-Road. It’s such a great article we asked him if we could reproduce it on wimshul cooks which he has kindly agreed to. Happy Passover! by Aaron Vallance Food memories. They’re possibly the most powerful memories we … Continue reading

A 1916 Plum Cake, Rich, for Hanucah

A 1916 Plum Cake, Rich, for Hanucah

By Eleri Larkum On the third day of Hanucah, my True Love baked for me: A PLUM CAKE, RICH, FOR HANUCAH. When Liz sent me this recipe, from her grandmother’s 1916 cookbook, Dainty Dinners and Dishes for Jewish Families by May Henry and Kate Halford, I must say I was intrigued – primarily by the commas. There’s something quite … Continue reading

Happy First Day of Hanukkah

Happy First Day of Hanukkah

By Eleri Larkum Today’s recipe comes from Like Mama Used to Make  – a cookbook produced by the Women of the Ann Arbor Chapter of Hadassah in 1952. A revised English edition was made at some point, and was probably lurking on a bookshelf of your childhood – my mother-in-law’s copy is spread before me … Continue reading

Claudia Camhi in the headlines

Claudia Camhi in the headlines

Wimshul cooks’ very own Claudia Camhi – and winner of two stars in the Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food – was featured in an article on Sephardi Jewish cooking in the Jewish Chronicle. Her Persian aubergines’ recipe that she made for Wimshul Cooks’ Tu B’shevat kiddush and was featured on these … Continue reading

Claudia Roden’s Bazargan

Claudia Roden’s Bazargan

We are very grateful to Claudia Roden for sharing with WimShul Cooks her “Bazargan”, a recipe for a bulgur salad. We like Simon Schama’s description of the author of ‘The Book of Jewish Food’: “Claudia Roden is no more a simple cookbook writer than Marcel Proust was a biscuit baker. She is, rather, memorialist, historian, ethnographer, … Continue reading

My Dinner with Heston Blumenthal

My Dinner with Heston Blumenthal

By Rabbi Sybil Sheridan It all started when I was invited to the New Israel Fund dinner. Amos Oz was speaking. Excitedly I told my husband about it, confident that we would both be going. ‘Sorry,’ he said, ‘I have invited Heston Blumenthal for dinner.’ HESTON BLUMENTHAL.  FOR DINNER? ‘Are you mad?’ ‘No. He is … Continue reading