appetizer, Brunch, Entree, Food, Recipes, Side dishes, Vegetables

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Patties Ronit Penso

These tasty fritters, from the Sephardic cuisine, are a perfect vegetarian appetizer or snack, 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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Brunch, Candy, Food, fruit, Recipes, Sweets

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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appetizer, Brunch, Food, Recipes, Salad, Vegetables

Sweet and Sour Celeriac Sephardic Style

Sweet and Sour Celeriac Sephardic Style Ronit PensoCeleriac is mostly known as a root used to flavor stocks or soups. However, it is a wonderful ingredient on its own right, and an amazing alternative to potato. It can be eaten raw, pickled, shredded to a tasty salad, or cooked in various ways. Continue reading “Sweet and Sour Celeriac Sephardic Style”

appetizer, Bakes, breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Food, Recipes, Vegetables

Zucchini Cheese Bake with Hazelnut Topping

Zucchini Cheese Bake with Hazelnuts Topping Ronit PensoThis light, fresh and tasty bake is quick and easy to assemble. It can be served warm or cold, as an appetizer or a vegetarian entrée, or cut into small cubes and served as finger food. Continue reading “Zucchini Cheese Bake with Hazelnut Topping”

Candy, Recipes, Sweets

Homemade Marzipan

Homemade Marzipan Ronit Penso

Marzipan is one of the most ancient candies we know. It started as a simple mix of almond meal and honey, and once sugar was introduced, it eventually became the refined sweet we know today.
France, Spain and Germany are all claiming to be the place where the cooked version, which is the supreme form of Marzipan, was created, but it most likely have happened simultaneously.
The version I bring here is the Sephardic one (see this post for information about Sephardim and Ladino), therefore with origins in Spain. For Sephardic families, Marzipan is the ultimate candy and is served in every family or social gathering for hundreds of years. Continue reading “Homemade Marzipan”

Candy, Food, fruit, Recipes, Sweets

Quince Squares Sweets

Sweet and tasty Quince Squares Ronit PensoAs promised, here is another quince recipe.This time it is in the form of sweet and fragrant small bites, made of cooked and slightly dried quince paste.

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appetizer, Uncategorized, Vegetables

Leek and Potato Fritters

Leek potato patties Ronit PensoWhenever I find fresh, plump leeks at the vegetable store, I grab a few. Their delicate onion flavor is great in many dishes like soups, quiches, risotto, and especially in these tasty leek and potato fritters – again from the fabulous Sephardic kitchen. I’m sure you’ll love them once you’ll make them. Continue reading “Leek and Potato Fritters”