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Date registered: December 19, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Packing a Party Punch — December 29, 2014
  2. Traditional Chanukah treats — December 15, 2014
  3. Fish and chips: an old-new tradition for Chanukah? — December 1, 2014
  4. Exotic history and cuisine of Caribbean Sephardic Jewry — November 23, 2014
  5. Dessert in the sukkah — October 7, 2014

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Aug 07

Of wedding cakes and all good things

Royal wedding cake

There was a strange rumour in Highbury of all the little Perrys being seen with a slice of Mrs. Weston’s wedding-cake in their hands: but Mr. Woodhouse would never believe it. (Jane Austen, Emma) I was greatly tickled, while recently rereading Emma, by Jane Austen’s account of the wedding cake that inflicted such distress on Emma’s valetudinarian …

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Jul 30

Fish—and more fish

Abraham Mignon - Still Life with Fruit, Fish, and a Nest

One day, as a not-so-young bride, I decided to make my own gefilte fish for our Sabbath table. Inspired by stories from those better versed in the traditional Jewish kitchen than I, I went to the market and purchased…a whole, fresh carp. Dead it was. But, cleaned and gutted it was not. Beheaded it was …

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May 28

Cheesecakes then and now

Regency cheesecakes

Who doesn’t love cheesecake? This delectable dessert has been served up as part of Georgette Heyer’s fictional Regency dinner menu, and even Jane Austen—who in her novels was not given to describing the dishes served at table—wrote of the popularity of cheesecakes in a letter to her sister Cassandra that has been preserved for posterity: …

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