Fresh Farro Salad

Fresh Farro Salad

DRESSING:1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1/8 cup red wine vinegarJuice of one lemon½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper1 teaspoon sumacSalt & pepperWhisk together all the ingredients. SALAD:1 cup farro, cooked according to package directions2 cups chopped dill, mint, basil and Italian parsley2 green onions, chopped1 small celery heart, chopped1 yellow bell pepper, chopped10 oz. mini heirloom tomatoes,…

A Fresh Farro Salad

A Fresh Farro Salad

A nutritional powerhouse, farro contains protein, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. I was definitely born with a piece of marzipan in mine!  Traditional Moroccan sweets and desserts are delectable and oh so tempting. I start with one. I find it really hard to stop eating…

Marzipan puff pastry

Marzipan puff pastry

100 grams almond flour100 grams butter or vegan butter100 grams powdered sugar2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla1 teaspoon almond extract or a splash of rum.Using a mixer beat cream for two minutes till fluffy and spread onto puff pastry dough.Wrap the dough closed and brush with egg , sprinkle top with sliced almonds.bake 425 degrees for 25…

Winter Vegetable Soup

Winter Vegetable Soup

Soup recipe 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil2 leeks, thinly sliced4 stalks of celery, sliced4 heirloom carrots, cut into rounds1 parsnip, cut into rounds2 Yukon gold potatoes, diced6 large garlic cloves, chopped2 tsp paprika2 tsp salt1/2 tsp black pepper1 lb delicata squash, chopped into long slivers4 medium white squash, chopped into 1/2-inch rounds1 – 14oz….

Aubergine Chicken

Aubergine Chicken

2 medium eggplants2 medium red bell peppersCoarse salt1/3 cup olive oil, more if needed1 chicken cut into 10 pieces (breasts intotwo) Or about 2 pounds bonelessskinless thighs or breasts2 large sweet yellow onions, thinly slicedor chopped2 large garlic cloves, grated or finelychopped1 tablespoon sweet paprika1 teaspoon cumin (optional)3 tablespoons tomato paste1 cup chicken stock or…

Sephardic Saffron Meatballs

Sephardic Saffron Meatballs

Meatballs1 lb ground beef1 medium onion, finely grated1/2 bunch Italian parsley.1 cup breadcrumbs1 egg1 tsp turmeric1 tsp paprikaSalt and pepper In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together until combined.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roll meat mixture into small one and a half inch meatballs. Set aside. Broth1 pinch saffron1 cup…

The Comfort of Sephardic Saffron Meatballs

The Comfort of Sephardic Saffron Meatballs

For Sephardic Jews, meatballs are rarely eaten with pasta. More often meatballs co-star with vegetables like potatoes, peas, zucchini, butternut squash, green beans and okra. For the extended Yaakovy family, Friday, October 6th was a joyful celebration of the festival of Simchat Torah at Kibbutz K’far Azza. At the end of the dinner, mother Sigal…

MAFRUM

MAFRUM

6 large russet potatoes1 cup avocado or vegetable oil, for frying2 carrots, to keep oil clear while frying Meat stuffing:1 pound ground beef1 bunch Italian parsley, washed and chopped1 large onion, grated1 large egg1 tsp salt1 tsp black pepper1 tsp ground cinnamon1 tsp ground cumin¼ cup breadcrumbs1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oilCoating:2 cups all-purpose flour4…

We Gobble in Gratitude

We Gobble in Gratitude

My family and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving in Palm Springs in 1973. We had arrived in Los Angeles from Casablanca, Morocco, just after the Yom Kippur war. My family and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving in Palm Springs in 1973. We had arrived in Los Angeles from Casablanca, Morocco, just after the Yom Kippur…

Turkey Breast Roulade

Turkey Breast Roulade

3 pound boneless turkey breast1 large garlic clove½ cup chopped preserved lemon or grated rind of 1 lemon1 teaspoon whole pepper corns2 teaspoons kosher salt1 ½ teaspoons whole fennel seeds1 cup roasted and salted shelled pistachios½ cup olive oil¼ cup fresh sage leaves2 large carrots, sliced into half inch thick pieces1 large onion, cut into…

The Gift of Shabbat

The Gift of Shabbat

Adeena Sussman’s latest New York Times bestselling cookbook “Shabbat” is an intensely personal love letter. Adeena Sussman’s latest New York Times bestselling cookbook “Shabbat” is an intensely personal love letter. An ode to her grandmother Mildred, her mother Steffi and her older sister Sharon, as well as the “sacred bubble” that her parents created every…

Meat Burekas

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1 large onion, finely diced1 lb ground beef1 tsp kosher salt1/2 tsp ground black pepper1 tsp sweet paprika1 tsp ground cinnamon1/2 cup water1/2 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped1/2 cup toasted pine nuts1 package puff pastry, defrosted1 egg, beaten for egg washSesame seeds for garnish Preheat oven to 425°F.In a skillet,…

Mushroom Burekas

Mushroom Burekas

2 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, boiled & mashed1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced1/2 pound enoki mushrooms, separated1 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper1 package puff pastry, defrosted1 egg, beaten for egg washSesame seeds for garnish Preheat oven to 425°F.In a large skillet, warm oil over medium heat.Add the cremini…