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Biblical Hallah

Biblical Hallah

by Liz Ison This Sunday at Heder the Barmitzvah class made “Biblical” hallah – hallah made with the seven Biblical species – in preparation for next Saturday’s festival of Tu B’shevat which also happens to be the first Batmitzvah of their year group. We made about 20 mini-hallot which were frozen ahead of next week. … Continue reading

Hallah with Pesto Filling

Hallah with Pesto Filling

ChallLiz Ison This recipe was inspired by a blog post on “The Nosher” and a 1938 Lithuanian Jewish cookbook written in Yiddish. First, the extraordinary cookbook, The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook: originally published in the 1930s in Yiddish by Fania Lewando who was the owner of a vegetarian restaurant in Vilna, Lithuania, frequented by Marc Chagall, amongst others. … Continue reading

Potato Kugel

Potato Kugel

6 medium potatoes 1 onion 3 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup matzah meal 1 ½ teaspoons of salt ¼ teaspoon of pepper 4 tablespoons of oil ¼ teaspoon of baking powder Tip: Using a magimix with grating attachment makes light work of the grating. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Peel onion and grate. Peel the … Continue reading

Rabbi Rosner’s Vegetable Cholent

Rabbi Rosner’s Vegetable Cholent

Recently Rabbi Rosner taught us how to make (meatless) Cholent. We filled a couple of slow cookers on a Friday and served up the warm and aromatic stew after the Saturday service. Possibly for the first time in 66 years (that’s how old the Synagogue is) the community was able to get a taste of … Continue reading

Mini-Hallot, lots

Mini-Hallot, lots

Lynne Sidkin ‘What should we do next?’ This was the question we asked ourselves at our first Wimshul Cooks meeting after the summer break. Following the reprint of our cookbook, we needed to agree on our next focus, apart from enjoying each other’s company and eating cake! We decided to build on our idea of … Continue reading

Wimshul Cooks’ Kiddush – this Saturday

Wimshul Cooks’ Kiddush – this Saturday

You are cordially invited to The Wimshul Cooks’ Kiddush — Saturday 6th June 2015 — In celebration of the publication of The Wimbledon Synagogue Community Cookbook In gratitude to its contributors and supporters and featuring a selection of dishes from the Cookbook A short Shabbat Service starting at 10.30am followed by a Kiddush not to … Continue reading

Wimshul Cooks’ Kiddush

Wimshul Cooks’ Kiddush

You are cordially invited to The Wimshul Cooks’ Kiddush — Saturday 6th June 2015 — In celebration of the publication of The Wimbledon Synagogue Community Cookbook In gratitude to its contributors and supporters and featuring a selection of dishes from the Cookbook A short Shabbat Service starting at 10.30am followed by a Kiddush not to … Continue reading

Peace spoons – reminder!

Peace spoons – reminder!

Just a reminder that the peace spoons and salad servers will be on sale this Sunday. If you would like a personalised wooden spoon with initials, please be sure to email wimshulcooks@gmail.com asap! You can also reserve other items – the salad servers are already nearly sold out! Pick up the perfect gift this Sunday … Continue reading

Peace Spoons

Peace Spoons

Pick up the perfect gift this Sunday 7th December (12-2) at Wimbledon’s Hanukkah Fair – wooden spoons or bamboo salad servers individually etched with striking designs – and can be personalised with the initials of your favourite cook or host. Just imagine Stir your soup with a Shalom spoon and smell the peace wafting through … 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.  

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

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

Abraham’s Tent – a Welcome Confection

Abraham’s Tent – a Welcome Confection

How does Wimbledon Synagogue do hospitality? This Saturday was a “Welcome Shabbat”, a Shabbat for all our members, but especially in honour of those newer to the community. The date was chosen specially because in this week’s parashah we hear the first story of hospitality in the Torah. Abraham welcomes three strangers to his tent. … Continue reading

Friday night dinner on a Monday lunchtime

Friday night dinner on a Monday lunchtime

Earlier in the year, Wimshul Cooks offered a “Vegetarian Friday Night menu” as part of Wimbledon Synagogue’s Auction of Promises. Judith from Apples and Honey Nursery bid for the meal and shared it with all the staff from the Nursery for their summer social. We weren’t going to quibble with the fact that this took … Continue reading

Josette’s Shabbat lunch

Josette’s Shabbat lunch

Saumon Poche By Josette Cohen I had an idea recently – that was approved by the synagogue Care Group – to host a lunch for anyone who is alone on a Saturday lunchtime, whatever their age. The first lunch took place at the synagogue after the service and was a great success. We thought about … Continue reading

Havurah Dinners

Havurah Dinners

“Havurah” means a community of friends. Havurah suppers for young families are held a few times a year at the synagogue on a Friday, after a short, family friendly Shabbat service. Each family brings a vegetarian dish to share and we often have a mix of home cooked and readymade food. To make sure everyone … Continue reading

Lynne’s chocolate fridge biscuits

Lynne’s chocolate fridge biscuits

Lynne’s chocolate fridge biscuits are infamous, a regular feature of her kiddushim. Lynne says they are one of her most popular bakes: “the recipe originally came from my mother’s friend in Bristol and has now been passed far and wide.” Ingredients 110g (4oz) margarine 2 tbsps golden syrup 25g (1oz) caster sugar 1and half tbsps drinking … Continue reading

Lynne and Kiddushim

Lynne and Kiddushim

It took a little persuasion, but Lynne – the face of Kiddushim at Wimbledon & District, a superb baker and a member of WimShul Cooks has written this for our blog: How did you get involved? Our son, Sam, was Barmitzvah in 2002 and it was shortly afterwards that I became pulled into Synagogue Community … Continue reading