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

Lamb and Fennel Stew

Lamb and Fennel Stew Ronit PensoThis quick and easy to prepare stew is the perfect dish for this season, when spring somehow refuses to fully arrive, yet the heavier winter’s stews are not as happily accepted.

Fennel is a wonderful vegetable, with a distinctive anise flavor, which is one of my favorites. Its fresh flavor pairs wonderfully with the relatively heavy lamb cut. To enhance this anise flavor, I’ve added fennel seeds and a bit of Ouzo, the Greek anise flavored liquor. Continue reading

Coconut Milk Panna Cotta with Honey, Lime and Ginger

Coconut Milk Panna Cotta Ronit PensoPanna cotta (“cooked cream” in Italian) is a popular Italian dessert. The basic form contains very few ingredients: heavy cream, sugar and gelatin. It doesn’t require baking and is easy to make and serve, as it can keep in the fridge until ready to serve. No wonder it became such a popular dessert all over the world. Continue reading

Candied Quince with Honey and Rosemary

Candied Quince with Rosemary and Honey Ronit PensoThe Jewish New Year is about to start on Wednesday, and this brings back memories of traditional foods even to an agnostic such as myself.
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 as well, in order to emphasize this hope for a sweet New Year.

Candied quince is one of these dishes in the Sephardic table, and is well worth preparing, regardless of any religious practices.

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Salmon Fillet with Dill-Mustard-Honey Topping

Salmon with dill mustard topping Ronit PensoI have created this dish for my book, which is all about quick and easy meals. The dish here has an added bonus – you can prepare it in advance and bake just before serving.
In the topping, I’ve mixed the classic honey-mustard combination with dill – a traditional Scandinavian addition to salmon (as demonstrated in the famous “Gravelax”- cured salmon with dill.) The addition of butter helps keep the fish moist, the breadcrumbs add a nice crunch and the wine adds the acidity needed to balance it all.
I’m sure this dish will become a classic in your kitchen just as it is in mine. Continue reading