Sephardic Fresh Fava Beans with Onions and Mint

Unlike green/string beans, fava beans are more familiar to most in their dried form. They are also called broad beans for a reason, as they are substantially broader and bigger than green beans. Continue reading

Burekitas with Zucchini-Tomato filling

Burekitas de Handrajo Ronit PensoThe Sephardic cuisine offers quite a few versions for Burekitas, small hand pastries, with various types of dough and fillings (check THIS post for more information about them). Continue reading

Sephardic Tomatoes-Peppers Sauce with Fried Eggplants

Sephardic Tomatoes-Peppers Sauce with Fried Eggplants Ronit PensoTomatoes-peppers sauce, or “Salata Kocha” (i.e. “cooked salad”), as it is known in Ladino, is a condiment that can be found in any Sephardic household at any given time. Continue reading

Burekitas – Sephardic Savory Pastries

Burekitas – Sephardic Savory Pastries Ronit PensoBurekitas are a type of small hand pies that are well known in any Sephardic household. Continue reading

Sephardic Swiss Chard, Potatoes and Cheese Bake

Sephardic Swiss Chard, Potatoes and Cheese Bake Ronit PensoThis tasty bake is well loved in the Sephardic cuisine (check HERE for information about it), and is traditionally served for Saturday brunch. The bake is usually served with Tzatziki (recipe can be found HERE), hard boiled eggs and fresh vegetables or vegetable salad. Another tasty option is to serve it with a bit of date or maple syrup. The combination of sweet and salty is addictive.

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Fried Fish with Agristada – Sephardic Lemon and Egg Sauce

Fried fish with Agristada Ronit PensoAgristada, a velvety lemon and egg sauce, is one of the most loved sauces in Sephardic* cuisine, and one of my personal favorites. The sauce can be served warm or cold, and it is traditionally paired with fried fish, though also served with cooked fish, meatballs or steamed vegetables, especially artichoke. Continue reading

Lamb Stew with Tomatoes, Okra and Dried Apricots

Lamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots This hearty and tasty lamb stew is very easy to prepare. Once all the ingredients are assembled in the pot, all that is needed is to bring it to the boil and then finish the cooking by baking it gently in the oven.
Served with fresh rustic bread or white rice (preferably Bastmai) it is the perfect dish for dinner on a chilly day.

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Boyos – Sephardic Savory Pastries

Boyos Ronit PensoAfter the quick and easy recipe post of last week, this week I have for you the very opposite…
The recipe here, from the fabulous traditional Sephardic cuisine, requires some preparation and practice. However, the result is so tasty and unique, that I’m sure that once you’ll make and taste these wonderful savory pastries, you will see they are well worth the effort.
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Pot Roasted Chicken with Celery and Carrots, Sephardic Style

Pot roasted chicken Sephardic style Ronit Penso This simple chicken dish, from the fabulous Sephardic cuisine (find explanations about it HERE, or in THIS wonderful blog), is as tasty as it is easy to prepare. Continue reading

Cauliflower Patties

Cauliflower Patties Ronit Penso

These tasty patties, from the Sephardic cuisine, are a perfect vegetarian snack or an appetizer, served with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
When cooked in tomato sauce and served with couscous or rice, they also make an excellent vegetarian main dish.

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Candied Quince with Honey and Rosemary

Candied Quince with Rosemary and Honey Ronit Penso

The Jewish New Year is celebrated today, and this brings back memories of traditional foods, even to an agnostic such as me. One of the culinary traditions for this event, is to dip a slice of apple in honey, and eat it as a symbol for a sweet New Year. Plenty other sweet dishes are added to the table 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 it is so tasty, it is well worth preparing, regardless of any religious practices.

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