Sugar, sugar everywhere…

Sugar, sugar everywhere…

“… 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…

The secret of single malt whiskies

The secret of single malt whiskies

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: food of angels

Balsamic Vinegar: food of angels

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

Berserk for Biltong

Berserk for Biltong

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

What makes a wine Kosher?

What makes a wine Kosher?

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?