“… and the Lord said: You shall put sugar in everything you eat.” Or so it would seem, if we consider the amounts of sugar present in just about any Ashkenazi (Sefardi are a bit less guilty) food item. From chollo bread to fish, from pickles to cholent. Every condiment like mayonnaise or horseradish is packed with… Continue Reading Sugar, sugar everywhere…
Whisky, the amber liquid, the elixir of life, aqua vitae – the water of life or originally the Gaelic uisge beatha. Whatever your take on this wonderful spirit, it holds a fascination for drinkers world wide because of its complex aroma and taste. It compliments many different foods and is suitable for every mood and… Continue Reading The secret of single malt whiskies
Balsamic vinegar: the words alone conjure up a mystical elixir that can cure all ailments. The ultimate condiment. Italians speak of it in hushed tones, as of it were more precious than gold (and it probably costs as much). So what is it, actually? And is there a kosher version available? The word balsamico (from… Continue Reading Balsamic Vinegar: food of angels
When the Dutch settlers arrived in South Africa, crossing the Cape, their started making biltong (literally ‘rump strip’) using salted impala or ostrich meat that was hung out to dry outdoors. Little did they know that, decades later, just mentioning the word “biltong” to a South African expat would be enough to make him (and… Continue Reading Berserk for Biltong
So far, gourmet kosher chocoholics haven’t had an easy ride. Apart from a few rare exceptions, the quality of chocolate that is Cholov Israel (supervised milk) or even Parev is an insult to the palate. Almost pure sugar content, this is chocolate that hasn’t even seen a photo of a cocoa bean! We know that… Continue Reading Chocolate Chide
Here a few quick tips to get the most out of your wines: General: – As a rough guide, red wines go well with red meat and heavier dishes, while whites are best with chicken, fish or on their own as aperitifs. Rosés are more for Summer when a red would be too heavy. –… Continue Reading Quick Wine Reference Guide
One of the most common questions about keeping kosher, apart from “what’s the point?”, is “What makes a wine kosher or un-kosher?”. Ritual slaughter for meat? Fair enough. Not to mix meat and dairy? OK. But what can possibly be wrong with wine and grape juice? If any freshly squeezed orange juice is kosher and… Continue Reading What makes a wine Kosher?