Watermelon Rind Preserves

While they are perfectly edible, watermelon rinds usually end up in the garbage. However, once the green layer is peeled, they can be used in numerous ways: they can be eaten fresh, as a crunchy snack, or added to salads; they can be cooked in stews and curries; they can also be pickled or cooked into tasty preserves, as in the recipe I have here. Continue reading

Herbed Meatballs and Stuffed Onions with Cherries

Herbed Meatballs and Stuffed Onions with Cherries Ronit PensoMeatballs cooked with cherries, are known in the Persian, Bukharin and Georgian cuisines. Stuffed onions are also known in these cuisines, and in the Turkish and Greek ones as well. In the following dish, I took the liberty of combining all the above into a free-style version, while using different seasoning and mixing the two dishes in the same pot. Continue reading

Banana Cherry Pancakes

Banana Cherry Pancakes Ronit PensoQuick and easy to make, fluffy and tasty pancakes are a favorite weekend brunch item. They are also great as a light snack, and if you celebrate Hanukah this week, they are a wonderful addition to the traditional Latkes or fried doughnuts. The version I have here has a pronounced banana flavor, with a touch of acidity from the cherries. Try them and enjoy. Continue reading

Candied Quince and Meyer Lemon Upside-down Cake

Candied Quince and Meyer Lemon Upside-down Cake Ronit PensoIf you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed my fondness for upside-down cakes. I like the combination of caramelized fruity layer and cake so much, that I constantly come up with new ways to prepare it.
This time I was lucky to have found beautiful fresh quince and Meyer lemons, so I’ve decided to use both in one cake. Continue reading

Caramel and Apple Upside-down Cake

Caramel and Apple Upside-down Cake Ronit PensoThe Jewish New Year is celebrated today, and this brings back memories of traditional foods even to an agnostic such as me. One of these culinary traditions is to dip a slice of apple in honey, and eat it as a symbol for a sweet New Year. Many other sweet dishes are added to the table as well, in order to emphasize this hope for a sweet New Year. Continue reading

Figs and Almonds Cake

Figs and Almonds Cake Ronit PensoAnyone who tried fresh figs in any Mediterranean country is likely to be a bit disappointed with American figs. I’m not sure why exactly, but they never taste the same. Since I’m a big fig fan, this is not to say I’ve stopped trying. Whenever I see reasonable looking figs, which is not very often, I buy them and hope this time it’s going to be different. Continue reading