Category: Parve

Desserts, Easy, Parve, Passover

4-Ingredient Passover Chocolate Torte

4-ingredient passover chocolate torte

This chocolate torte has been our Passover Seder dessert several years running. I like to make an icing for it, as it is not too sweet, but very dense and fudgy and satisfying. But a sprinkle of powder sugar, some berries or a mint sprig make a simple but beautiful garnish without the patchke. 4-Ingredient …

Easy, Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food, Parve, Sephardi

Going for the Crunch: Fennel Salad

2 fennel bulbs

For some people, giving up carbs is difficult because it means giving up sweets, while for others, it’s about giving up crunchy, salty snack foods. One great low-carb solution to the need for crunch is fennel, with its celery-like texture, and mild licorice flavor. Because the taste of fennel is so subtle, like chicken, it …

Easy, Healthy, LCHF, Parve, Sephardi

Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Sauce

roast cauliflower with tehina sauce

During a recent trip to Israel, my wife and I sampled a wonderful local dish, roasted cauliflower with tehina sauce. It was rich and saucy and piqued the taste buds something fierce. I immediately knew I’d have to reproduce this dish at home. Here is the result: Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Sauce Yield: 4 servings …

Easy, Good for You, Parve, Shabbos

Recipe: Roast Chickpeas with Sumac

Chickpea spiced with sumac

Chickpeas are a traditional treat to serve at a Shalom Zachor, a sweet little party given in honor of the birth of a baby boy, held the first Friday night after the birth, with or without the guest of honor. Sumac, a Middle Eastern spice unrelated to the poisonous plant, offers an herbal piquancy to …

Easy, Healthy, Israeli food, Main courses, Parve, Sephardi

RECIPE: Easy Shakshuka

Shashuka in a black skillet

Shashuka is a full-flavored Mediterranean poached egg dish. You make a quick sauce with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic, with lots of olive oil, of course. Then you poach the eggs right in the skillet, just before serving. Marvelous with good bread to mop up that amazing sauce. You don’t need anything else. Easy Shakshuka …

Desserts, Parve

Lemon Squares for a taste of summer in your mouth

lemon squares and lemon on black background with bowl of powdered sugar

Our Meyer lemon tree produced a bumper crop this year. There was no worrying about having too many of the bright-smelling precious yellow globes. There are never enough lemons in our home and they keep refrigerated for a good long time, besides. Some of them we turned into preserved or pickled lemons, but we naturally …

Desserts, Easy, Parve

Recipe: Double Chocolate Brownies

woman cuts double chocolate brownies into squares

Everyone needs a no-fail, moist and fudgy brownie recipe and these fit the bill. Use butter for dairy, margarine for a neutral, pareve, and most decadently chocolate dessert. Double-Chocolate Walnut Brownies Makes 2 dozen. Can be doubled. Ingredients: 1 ¼ cup butter or margarine 1 cup cocoa (not Dutch Process 2 cups sugar 3 eggs …

Desserts, Easy, Parve

Recipe: Nutty Buddy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Now that Sukkot is over, we can eat chocolate desserts without them melting all over us in the sukkah in the heat of the midday sun. And having just cooked for a crowd seemingly without end for months, we want something easy. These dense and fudgy Nutty Buddy Bars are the perfect solution. They’re so …

Desserts, LCHF, Parve

Flourless Chocolate Torte with Coconut Ganache (Dairy or Parve)

A bunch of us are following a low-carb high fat diet. But not all of us. Which makes it difficult to find dishes that satisfy one and all. A recent birthday party called for some sort of cake and this was the inspired result: a flourless chocolate torte made with 85% chocolate, topped with a …

Parve, Technique

Caramelized Shallots: A Good Start

Shallots

The first thing I do, each and every Friday morning, is peel 2 pounds of shallots, chop them finely in the food processor, and then start them caramelizing in a skillet in lots of quality oil. The caramelization process occurs as a result of the natural sugars in shallots. Just as sugar will turn brown …