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30 NOVEMBER 2017

& Winter Dining Supplement

Edited by Brigit Grant



Jewish News 30 November 2017

Chanukah and Winter Dining / Yes Please!

Essentially CHANUKAH Children obviously can’t wait to open their Chanukah gifts, but it’s possible to find presents that tie in with the festival. Take a look at our website for some other special Judaica and seasonal gifts. By Alex Galbinski Yiddish bits and bobs Children might well be given the bulk of the Chanukah gifts, but why should you go without? This cotton bag (other variations are available) is just one of many witty Jewish-themed gifts sold by sisters Jaimie and Laura at Chicken Soup. Other merchandise includes children’s T-shirts (pictured on a young JN reader) and sweatshirts (with slogans including ‘Got Chutzpah’ and Keep Schtum’) Love! Bag, £12, child’s top, £15, chickensoup. london

Deforma building blocks: Create your own Menorah Children can make their own colourful menorah with this set of smart blocks which help them develop their creativity and fine motor skills. It says suitable for 6+ but my seven-year-old found it challenging as the pieces are small, so perhaps it may be more suited for slightly older children. Definitely good fun, though. £14.99, cazenovejudaica.com and Judaica stores/ kosher supermarkets)

Myisrael gifts Children can get so excited about presents that some people are rebalancing Chanukah to make it more meaningful. Charity Myisrael does just that, with supporters buying ‘gifts’ from under-the-radar charities in Israel. Four-year-old Noam, left, is one of many children and adults to have benefited from prescription glasses, but other gifts include nappies for struggling new mums and horse riding therapy for children with disabilities. https://mychanukahgift. myshopify.com

In the money Two lucky boys (helped by mum) tested out this coin maker, melting, wrapping and stamping their own chocolate-filled, golden coins and medals. Choose from around 20 messages and pictures or create your own. “Love it!” said mum. “Very fiddly, but such a fun activity for us all to do. The boys bagged up the coins and gave them to their friends.” John Adams also makes the Doh Nutters game (great for Chanukah) and Rummikub (great anytime). £20.99 at toysrus.co.uk

Wibble Wobble dreidel This silicone dreidel mould is perfect for putting the fun finishing touches to Chanukah. We filled it with jelly, but it can also be used to make chocolate or ice cubes, or to shape butter. The possibilities are endless! £7.50, contemporaryjudaica.co.uk

Kvetch couture It’s extremely hard not to click ‘add to cart’ to each and every one of the eye-catching products on the Bella Jacob website. This high-quality linen cushion emblazed with the words ‘Jewish Mother – Feed, Nag, Guilt, Repeat’ (£34.99) tops our list, though, along with this tea towel featuring sweet treats including sufganiyot (£9.50). bellajacob.com

Shop online for Chanukah with Jewish News Traditional Chanukiah designs are aplenty, as well as innovative metal, glass, and Jerusalem stone ones by contemporary artists. We love the one below by London-born designer Laura Cowan

Laura Cowan Building Bridges Menorah RRP: £344.25 JN Price: £185.49

Mind your beeswax What better way to enjoy lighting the Chanukiah than by using candles you’ve made yourself? This kit lets you make eight nights of light with sheets of beeswax in seven colours that you roll yourself. We can’t wait to show off our creations. £20, contemporary judaica.co.uk

You can’t make the cold disappear, but you can wrap up warm… and what better way than in a cosy IDF hoodie from Israel? We offer a fabulous choice of exclusive designs in a range of sizes.

Israeli Army Hoodie Sweatshirt – Olive RRP: £36.44 JN Price: £24.29

Personalised gifts are more popular than ever, so if you’re looking for a gift your special someone will treasure, see our range of Hebrew name necklaces. Silver Hebrew Name Necklace – Classic Type RRP: £31.59 JN Price: £22.64

Dead Sea cosmetics are among the most luxurious skincare products. We sell sets from renowned companies such as Ahava and Edom. We love this Edom gift set with hand and foot cream, moisturiser and Dead Sea bath salts. Edom Body Treat Gift Pack RRP: £38.88 JN Price: £18.59

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Gaya create hand-carved wood games and puzzles for hours of fun and with a personalised message added. Gaya Hanukkah Roulette Strategy Game RRP: £72.89 JN Price: £48.59

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Yummy / Chanukah and Winter Dining Gourmet Gadgetry sweet snack maker Yes, we know the tradition is to eat fried food at Chanukah, but my children and their friends declared these “the best doughnuts ever”. While my husband hyperventilated at storing another gadget, this 3 in 1 sweet snack maker makes cupcakes, cake pops or small doughnuts in minutes and the discs are easy to clean. “When can we make some more?” asked the little darlings. £49.99, lakeland.co.uk

Divine chocolate Surely it is the eleventh commandment to overindulge in chocolate over the holidays? And when Divine Chocolate is made using the ‘best of the best’ Fairtrade certified cocoa, it’d be rude not to. The only Fairtrade chocolate company co-owned by cocoa farmers has a delicious range of kosher chocolate gifts this Chanukah, including milk or dark chocolate coins, a tasting set and a tasting hamper. From £2, Waitrose, Oxfam and independent stores

Cosy up with a cuppa This award-winning hot chocolate from Kokoa makes another great gift. Served in coffee shops – and, says Stanmore-born owner Paul Eagles, made using the world’s best cocoa beans –it is now available to enjoy at home (or at work!). From £5.49 at delis and kokoacollection.co.uk or notonthehighstreet.com

Tea for two – or more While the boxes of this Ace Tea London are almost works of art in themselves, it’s what’s inside that counts. Owner Simeon Blanck, who hails from Cockfosters, uses triangular tea ‘stockings’ with big leaves that pack a punch in the taste department. “Oooh this smells so good I’d like to put it in my home!” said one colleague. Tea that lives up to its name. Individual packs £5.99, set of three £15.99, acetealondon.com

A-maize-ing gifts You’ll fight over this premium popcorn – just like we did. Sold in boxes shaped as sheds to reflect the garden shed in which they are made by cousins Laura Jackson and Sam Feller to a secret family recipe, the three flavours are delicious. Our favourite was the Great Taste Award-winning salted caramel. Please sir, can we have some more? From £9.99, popcornshed.com and independent retailers

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Corker of a gift It’s hard to go wrong with some bubbly, and this Drappier Carte D’Or Brut Cuvée Champagne is a traditional sparkling wine that is kosher, so is perfect for the holidays – either to drink yourself or to gift. Made from 80% to 90% Pinot Noir, five % Pinot Meunier and five to 15% Chardonnay, with aromas of apricot, white peaches and cherries, we can attest that it is very easy on the palate. Hic! £35.95, 31dover.com



Jewish News 30 November 2017

Chanukah and Winter Dining/ Kids’ choice

The chosen TOYS

TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS The Slex Rodeobull is for ages two to seven. The nursery class at Etz Chaim School in Mill Hill loved it for its longboard style wheels, which are the same as the ones used on skate boards. They could throw all sorts of cool curves and there is a tow belt for leading. “A bit like riding a motorbike, but safer,” suggested a teacher. The Rodeobull is available with the horns in lime green, aqua blue, tangerine orange and hot pink and is an indoor/outdoor toy. Available to order from hippychick.com at £69.99.

Every year I tell my mum what I’d like for Chanukah, but every year she prefers to go with surprises, writes Madison Grant-Gold (aged 10). So for those parents who think they know their children very well, these are the toys they really want – and not the surprises you are planning BAJA ALPHA ELECTRIC OFF-ROAD BUGGY SCALE 1:10 This is a fun toy no matter what kind of person you are. I’ve always wanted a remote control car and this is a monster example. It’s got a full function transmitter, which means the antennaes connect, it has front and rear suspension, rubber off road tyres and everyone who has been to my house has played with it. It also comes with a rechargeable battery and you need two AA batteries for the transmitter. £29.99, autosessive.com. Verdict: Monster of a time

MY LITTLE PONY: The Movie Twilight Sparkle and Spike the Dragon Friendship Duet has Twilight and Spike figures from My Little Pony the movie, which I haven’t seen. They sing together when you press the Cutie Mark button, and when my friend’s little sister came over, she was singing with them. She wanted them. £25.99 at toy shops. Verdict: Unicorns meets X Factor

DIY ELECTRO DOUGH KIT is totally my thing. I love science, and with this kit, you can turn dough into a scientific creation. I would show you what I made, but my mum cleared up the kitchen. I can tell you that your kids will go crazy, as you can probably make a doughnut that lights up and buzzes. £22.99, techwillsaveus.com. Verdict: Absolutely scientastic!

THE MINI HORNIT is my personal favourite. This bike horn has 25 sound effects, but I love the Spanish trumpet, which makes me feel like I’m entering a bull ring and I love seeing people’s reactions when I ride past and sound it. The horn also has white and green lights and a remote trigger so you can use it without taking your hands off the handlebars. £14.99, thehornit.com. Verdict: Noisy fun

ITTY BITTYS Hallmark’s mini plush toys are cute collectibles that aren’t really for my age, but I like them. I loved Dorothy and her dog Toto from The Wizard of Oz, but they are available as Star Wars, Marvel, Peanuts and Snoopy, DC Comics, and Scooby-Doo characters. They are only £6 each, so you could give a different one on each night of Chanukah. Available on Amazon and at independent retailers. Verdict: Never too old for a plush

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FANTASTIC GYMNASTICS is a good game to get for Chanukah because all the children can play it together. It is based on the game bottle-flip challenge except there is a gymnast figure that has to rotate around the high bar. When he dismounts, it has to be the perfect landing for the most points. £22.99 at toy shops. Verdict: Focus is the key

CHATTY CHARLIE, THE BARKIN’ BEAGLE is for all the kids in school whose mums won’t let them get a dog. They always want to pet my Tibetan, but if they got Charlie he would be as close as you get to a real dog. Of course, real dogs don’t talk, but this one barks and then it gets translated. He is mega cute when his ears hide his face. At around £59.99, he isn’t cheap, but how much are dogs? From good retailers. Verdict: A barking best friend THE ANNUAL PASS EVERY CHILD WANTS The KidZania Annual Pass is the gift that keeps on giving as kids can spend 2018 trying out as flight attendants, TV presenteror chocolate maker at Kidzania re.The indoor city run by kids offers career experience in the most ingenious way and because there are more than 60 jobs to try , one visit is not enough. The Child Annual Pass is £129.00 and includes 12 months unlimited entry for one child and 5 FREE adult tickets and discounts around the city. Call 0330 131 3333/ kidzania.co.uk


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Jewish News 30 November 2017

Chanukah and Winter Dining/ Grown-ups like presents

Things you never knew you

NEEDED ‘Don’t be silly. I really don’t need anything,’ is the polite response from grown-ups to Chanukah gift requests. Annie Hall has other ideas

DADDY COOL Although it’s unlikely to be on anyone’s wish list, this is an essential bit of kit well disguised as a 70s soul star. This nose-ear-trimmer (£9.95) is for the groomer with humour. dotcomgiftshop.com

CLEVER CANDLES For those who do the dreidels and doughnuts along with the holly and tinsel, soyandjoy.co.uk makes hand-poured soy wax candles with a charm hidden in the wax and a message on the jar. With these flames, slogan meets scent as Live, Love, Laugh wafts mimosa and mandarin and Beyoncé smells of Thai Lime and Mango. Amazingly, Beyoncé shares her fragrance with the Happy Chrismakah candle (£14). You can customise your own quotes, but Chrismakah sets the bar high. Twitter @soyandjoyuk




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GIFT SET AND MATCH People never buy themselves gift sets and it takes the pressure off the buyer to ask for one. On the heels of the Ghost clothing range of bias-cut summer frocks, the fragrance that followed is still a favourite and perfume sets for Chanukah start at £8. For mother-and-daughter bonding, there is also the Ariana Grande collection, but that’s your call. Available at Boots and Superdrug

SHLUF WEAR FOR ALL Love ’em or hate ’em, these PJs will unite your family as you light the menorah each night. Available to customise at cafepress.co.uk from £25

LIGHT UP Danielle Burgerman is offering seasonally-suitable gifts for the whole family on her bellecreations Facebook page. For the festival of lights, illuminated letters (£10) look as good on a mantelpiece as they do on that Chrismukkah bush as well as the framed superhero message (£28) for dad and a bow box (£25) for girls with too many JoJo Siwas.

IT’S A WUNDERFUL LIFE The James Stewart seasonal weepie has nothing to do with the Wunder beauty products, but it’s a nice link since they are both essential. Any women or teens on your Chanukah list will thank you for an introduction to the new Wunderbrow Fiber Filler, which builds fading brow colour that stays put and the Wunder Extensions mascara, which give you the lashes other mascaras don’t. The tingly Wunderkiss lip plumping gloss (£24.95) is a new addition along with Perfect Selfie – HD Photo Finishing Powder (all £19.95). Yes, there is actually a powder to remove the pixels (or shine) so your skin looks flawless without a retouch. Wunder2.co.uk

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Bookshelf improvement / Chanukah and Winter Dining

BOOKS bonanza

Young readers have a treat in store in this parcel of holiday books, selected by Alex Galbinski LITTLE RED RUTHIE BY GLORIA KOSTER Dressed in her favourite puffy red coat, Ruthie is going to spend the festival of lights with her grandmother on the other side of the forest, taking sour cream and applesauce to go with yummy latkes. Then she finds herself face to face with a wolf. In this sweet Chanukah take on Little Red Riding Hood, Ruthie must convince the wolf that eating latkes is tastier than eating her! For ages four to eight. (Albert Whitman & Company, £12.95, amazon.co.uk)


All is not well in the dreidel maker’s shop for the Hebrew letters that will go on the wooden tops. The Gimels have been hidden by the others, who then learn Chanukah wouldn’t be complete without them! Is it too late? For ages four to nine. (Kar-Ben, £6.50, jewishbookservice.co.uk)

WAY TOO MANY LATKES BY LINDA GLASER Normally, Faigel makes the best Chanukah latkes in Chelm. But this year she can’t find her recipe, so she sends her husband, Shmuel, to ask the rabbi for help. But in Chelm, the village of fools – oy vey! – this becomes a recipe for disaster! This story, by the award-winning Linda Glaser, who has written more than 30 children’s books, is suitable for ages three to eight. (Kar-Ben, £6.50, jewishbookservice.co.uk)

PERSONALISED BOOKS FOR CHILDREN BY WONDERBLY Everyone wants to be the star of their own story, and that’s what Wonderbly (formerly Lost My Name) does brilliantly with every personalised book, including The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost Their Name and The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home. Its newest offering is My Golden Ticket, which puts the protagonist in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. A Chanukah must. (From £13.99 at wonderbly.com)

HANUKKAH HARVIE VS SANTA CLAUS BY DAVID MICHAEL SLATER This newly-published fun book is all about the origin of Chrismukkah, a hybrid holiday now celebrated by mixed-faith families. Read what happens when Hannukah Harvie and Santa Claus compete to give the most presents and how the holiday heroes come to put their rivalry aside and gain the best gift of all: friendship. (Library Tales Publishing, £10.64, amazon.co.uk)

IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE BY BRACHA GOETZ In this lively picture book for readers aged two to five, the main character shares his biggest discovery; that stopping to take an extra minute can make a big difference to other people’s lives. Children reading this will realise “it only takes a minute” to help, to smile, to notice, to practise and to listen. One of a series of 34 books to help children to understand different concepts. (HaChai, £10.25, lehmanns.co.uk)


Jewish News 30 November 2017


Chanukah and Winter Dining / Funny bones


of groans After ‘Ungefiltered’ and ‘Meshuga Frum’, can Colonel Mustardstein be far behind in the rise to fame of this highly Orthodox comedian?


ot content with being the Orthodox alternative to David Baddiel, comic Ashley Blaker has decided to try his hand as the heimishe Hasbro and produce a selection of customised games for Chanukah. Although his Charedi versions of Cluedo, Monopoly and Operation are only at

the prototype stage and not available to buy yet, the opportunity to remove gefilte fish from a frum tum without sounding the buzzer is very tempting. While we decide if it was Colonel Mustardstein with the chanukiah in the yeshiva, Blaker is readying himself for

New York on 7 December, when he performs his show Strictly Unorthodox at the downtown Gramercy Theatre. Blaker, a father of six, has already done two sell-out UK tours – Ungefiltered and Meshuga Frum – and performed in Israel and South Africa, but there is nothing to beat an off-Broadway debut. Except perhaps a BBC Radio 4 show and Ashley Blaker’s Goyish Guide To Judaism airs in 2018. This is just one among several other series which his company, Black Hat Productions, is making for the station. Whether Frumopoly, his blessed version of Monopoly, will ever hit the shelves at Hamleys is hard to say, but one should never underestimate Ashley Blaker. He always passes ‘Go’.

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Jewish News 30 November 2017

Chanukah and Winter Dining / Transformation

The welcome return of


Julie Tucker visits the Turkish restaurant we’ve all been missing


urkish restaurant Izgara has long been a feature of Station Road in Edgware and its temporary absence (for renovation) was felt on a high street that is fairly lacking when it comes to family friendly, reasonably-priced cuisine. But now Izgara is back, newly refurbished to a very high standard and ready for business, like its sister restaurants in Whetstone and Hatch End. which are incredibly popular with the community. If you are a regular, the transformation is to be admired, and owner Ersoy Hayirli is understandably chuffed and ready to welcome diners. On entering, one is immediately struck by the dramatic, but entirely in keeping, lighting that lends instant elegance to what has obvi-

ously been a very thoughtful refurbishment. The stylish interior has been tastefully furnished with ample and varied seating arrangements, with plants and orchids adding a nice extra touch. Three central, circular banquette areas are perfect for parties of six to eight people and provide an intimate setting that facilitates cross-table conversation in a way most restaurants don’t. The menu is reasonably priced, with plenty of choice and, while my partner and I mulled over the abundant selection of dishes, we were served warm flatbread with traditional dips. Ersoy is the sort of host who likes his guests to eat before they eat. We chose the cold meze to start and hot haloumi and mushrooms, both beautifully presented on authentic glazed stoneware plates and bowls. Six flavoursome small dishes, served with a further supply of warm flatbread, were wonderfully tasty. The creamy aubergine dish (a firm favourite) was particularly good. Based on the premise that you usually can’t

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go wrong with a bottle of the house red, we weren’t disappointed with the fruity offering, which perfectly complemented the myriad tasty components of our meal. At home, we are both inclined to smother our meals in various condiments, but this meal required no highlyflavoured accompaniments, nor seasoning. My partner chose the steak, which was served with a generous helping of vibrantly coloured roasted vegetables and a side order of chips. It was succulent, tender and meltin-the-mouth delicious. I opted for the lamb shank, which was married with a tasty tomatobased sauce. A bowl of perfectly-cooked rice complemented the dish and a quite spectacular side salad added the green, which is always an essential component of any meal for me. The

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I’m dreaming of a.... / Chanukah

They’re playing

OUR SONG! We may not be first in line at his grotto, but we are if Santa needs a tune. Jewish composers are behind many of the most famous Christmas songs ever written, as Irving Berlin’s White Christmas perfectly illustrates. Echoes of snowy Russia may have struck a chord with the composer who grew up there as Israel Isidore Beilin, but even he would have been amused when Borscht Belt comic Danny Kaye was chosen to sing White Christmas with Bing Crosby in the film. As we are famously troubled for being either “too hot” or “too cold” it is not surprising Jewish composers Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne penned “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, Felix Bernard wrote “Winter Wonderland” followed by Frank Loesser persuading everyone to stay indoors with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Meanwhile Robert Wells (born Levinson) and Mel Tormé came up with “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” which would not have been as popular had they used cholent.

Johnny Marks had three hits with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and A Holly Jolly Christmas

Jewish musician George Wyle born Bernard Weissman decided that Christmas, well, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” before Joan Ellen Javits (Zeeman) got overly-familiar with “Santa Baby”. But the front runner in the seasonal song stakes was Johnny Marks who had three hits with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, and “A Holly Jolly Christmas”. And let’s not forget all the Christmas albums recorded by the likes of Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. It may not be our holiday, but we like to get involved. If these tunes jingle your bells pop along to JW3’s Festive Songs From The Movies on Dec 13 at 2pm

Chag Chanukah Same’ach!

Rabbi Lisa Barrett, Honorary Officers, Council and staff of SWESRS would like to wish the entire Jewish community a very Happy Chanukah. Join us for our Chanukah Jazz Service on Friday 15th December and our Family Chanukah Party on Sunday 17th December ….. Call the office on 020 8599 0936 for further details. Throughout the year our doors are always open and we are happy to welcome you to our wonderful range of services and activities such as our Tuesday Lunch Club. Our Shabbat services include Choral, Musical Family and Children’s services, as well as Neshamah meditation services. We would be delighted to see you at any time of the year…. Why not take a look at our website for further details? www.swesrs.org.uk

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Chanukah and Winter Dining / Food for friends

RECIPES FOR CHANUK Just because the man in the red suit won’t be coming down your chimney doesn’t mean you can’t have turkey and pudding for lunch. Here, Denise Phillips puts a Jewish spin on a traditional meal

Sesame Spiced Roasted Turkey Thigh I was excited to discover a new cut of meat – boneless, skinless turkey thigh – in my butcher and decided to make this recipe with it. You could, of course, use chicken pieces if you prefer. I have lightly dusted the meat in a sesame herb spice mix and then slow roasted it for two hours to tenderise it. Prepare in advance, ready for the oven, up to two days in advance. PREPARATION TIME 20 minutes, plus 15 minutes to rest COOKING TIME 2 hours


Spice Mix: 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 tablespoons dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 1.2 kg skinless, boneless turkey thigh 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 red onions – peeled and cut into crescents 500ml chicken stock 150ml white wine / apple juice 2 garlic cloves – peeled and finely chopped 150g pitted black olives – reserve 1-2 tablespoons for garnish Juice of 1 lemon

Garnish: Sprigs of fresh thyme Slices of lemon and a handful of black olives


SERVES 4 – 6 people

1 Dust the meat in the spice mix.

2 Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Brown the turkey on both sides just to seal the spices and colour the flesh. Add the onions and cook for three minutes. 3 Transfer to an ovenware dish. 4 Add the stock and wine / apple juice so the meat is covered. 5 Stir in the garlic, olives and lemon juice. 6 Preheat the oven to 160ºC / 320ºF / Gas mark 3. 7 Roast covered for two hours. 8 Remove from the oven. Place the meat on a carving board, cover with foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes. 9 Slice the meat and return to the ovenware dish. Keep warm in the oven / hot plate until ready to serve.

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Food for friends / Chanukah and Winter Dining

KAH festive season Sticky Figgy Pudding

This is a delicious warming winter pudding. It does have quite of list of ingredients, but it’s worth the extra effort. For best flavour, I like to soak the dried fruit in whisky overnight. PREPARATION TIME 25 minutes, plus soaking fruit overnight COOKING TIME 2 hours


300g finely chopped dried figs – stalk removed 250g dried mixed fruit 50g dried cranberries or dried cherries 100ml whisky, brandy or orange juice Zest of 1 orange Juice of 2 oranges 150g plain whole meal flour 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 200g desiccated coconut 150g ground almonds 125g non-dairy margarine 150g dark brown sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 180g brown bread crumbs 2 tablespoons clear honey


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SERVES METHOD 10 – 15 people 1  Grease 15 mini pudding moulds or one large and set aside. 2 In a medium bowl, combine figs, dried fruit, and dried cranberries with the whisky, orange zest and orange juice; set aside or leave covered overnight. 3 In a small bowl, stir together flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, bicarbonate of soda, desiccated coconut and ground almonds; set aside. 4 Whisk margarine and brown sugar until combined. Add eggs, vanilla and the flour mixture and combine well. Stir in bread crumbs and fruit mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pudding mould; cover tightly with greased foil. 5  Place pudding mould on a roasting tray filled with boiling water to a depth of about 4cm (a bain marie) of 160ºC for about two hours or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the pudding comes out clean. Add more boiling water if necessary. You could also use a steam oven: 100% steam for 1 1/2 hours. 6  Remove pudding and cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Loosen edge of pudding from sides of mould; invert pudding onto a serving plate. Brush with honey. 7 Serve with custard or ice cream.

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Chanukah and Winter Dining/ Feel-good venues

An Italian that does it better in

HAMPSTEAD Louisa Walters books a table for two at Mimmo La Bufala


hatever happened to the good old-fashioned Italian restaurant? The kind where the owner greets you with ‘Ciao bella!’ and diners delve into steaming plates of fresh pasta while the waiters dart around with oversized black pepper grinders. I’ll tell you what happened – it took up residence in South End Road 14 years ago and has stayed true to its origins. Mimmo La Bufala is owned and overseen by the eponymous Mimmo, a larger-than-life character whose mission it is to recreate his Italian mamma’s finest in his intimate but surprisingly large 100-cover restaurant, fetchingly decorated in white and black with quirky ceiling lamps. Mimmo’s philosophy is ‘Healthy food, healthy life’ and he is passionate about it. This doesn’t mean a lecture on the merits

of ‘free from’, but it does mean a focus on fresh ingredients from carefully-sourced suppliers and the use of good oils in cooking. No one ever accused a pizza of being healthy, but Mimmo’s is authentic, cooked in the true Italian way using a 48-hour fermented dough base. “When the dough is properly fermented, it doesn’t expand in the stomach,” Mimmo tells me. Result? You can have your cake (pizza) and eat it without feeling bloated. For our meal we chose gnocchi – little soft pillows with a satisfying chew doused in tangy pesto and totally irresistible – and parmigiana melanzane – wonderfully smoky aubergines with a rich salsa de pomodoro as the starters. For main, I went with Scaloppine al limone, with a side order of zucchini, and I’m still dreaming about it. The beautifully tender thin-cut veal escalope in dense lemony sauce – was too much for one person, yet I couldn’t bring myself to leave any on the plate. My husband had lasagne, because he always has lasagne, if only so that he can say: ‘It was nice, but not as good as…’ Yet this time: ‘It was wonderful! I can’t even compare it to any others because it was made with veal rather than beef.’ We couldn’t refuse the temptation of cioccolato tortino for dessert – an evocatively rich melting middle chocolate pudding with a delectably crunchy exterior absolutely made for sharing. I’m usually a Pinot Grigio gal, but went with a

lovely zesty Sicilian Grillo, while my husband went for a warm, fruity red Montepulciano from the Campania region. Mimmo buys what he deems ‘important’ wines from great vintages when they are first released and lays them down until they are ready to drink, so his customers can enjoy great wines at a fair price. So where does a man who has developed the perfect formula for the perfect restaurant like to eat when he gets a day off? “I like restaurants with atmosphere – Cecconi’s, Sexy Fish and Mews of Mayfair,” says Mimmo. I like restaurants with atmosphere, too, and Mimmo la Bufala even ticks that box.  Mimmo la Bufala is open Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve and will be serving the regular à la carte menu plus specials. Mimmo la Bufala is at 45A South End Road, Hampstead, London NW3 2QB, tel 020 7435 7814. mimmolabufala.co.uk

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CHANUKAH The Head Room Café is lighting up for the festival


aturday evenings have taken on a different complexion at The Head Room Café because it is now open for business from 6pm – and just in time for Chanukah. The café, supported by the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl foundation, is a social enterprise by Jami, the Jewish community’s mental health service. It is now open for business on Saturday, with a new evening menu of fresh, seasonal Mediterranean-style

dishes by chef Or Golan. Head Room, situated at 89 Golders Green Road, will be lighting candles every evening of Chanukah and offering customers a free doughnut with every hot drink ordered in the hour of candle lighting. If doughnuts aren’t your thing, their popular cookie ice cream sandwiches and dirty hot chocolates are on the menu all year round and make a great, indulgent holiday treat. As well as feeding the body this Chanukah, Head Room Café has a variety of weekly well-being sessions open to the public, free of charge, that are sure to feed the mind. The sessions include bitesize mindfulness and colouring sessions, a discussion group on mental health related topics, and walking groups that start at the café. The ‘Wellbeing’ menu sits alongside the food menu and changes every month, with new and different sessions being offered. You will find Heads Up workers in the café who are easily identifiable in their blue T-shirts. Their role is to

facilitate the well-being sessions and to be there for anyone who wants to drop in and have a chat about their mental health or how to support others. They are there as a first point of contact and to signpost people to appropriate resources. Daniel Neis, a Heads Up worker in the café, said: “People think mental health only affects a few, but in fact it’s a spectrum we’re all on.” By combining great food and drink with a well-being project, the Head Room Café is a social enterprise that is quite literally bringing a mental health focus to the high street.  For more info visit: headroomcafe.org

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“I went from being a regular kid, to a cancer patient in a hospital.”

Aviram ben Mordechai says his world “was turned upside down” when he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his leg at the age of 12. “One day I told my mum that my leg hurt and we figured it was a muscle strain. After I had some tests and learned I had cancer, I went from being a regular kid, busy hanging out with my friends and playing sports, to a cancer patient in a hospital. I just couldn’t believe it,” Aviram, now 15, recalled. It was in the hospital that volunteers from Zichron Menachem (known in the UK by its nickname, ZumZum) reached out to him, his parents Reuven and Orit, and his younger brother Ido, who was just shy of 6 at the time. Not long after that encounter at the hospital, the organisation began transporting Ido to its after-school programme, an arrangement that allowed Aviram’s parents to spend long days with Aviram, who was hospitalised in the paediatric oncology ward of a Jerusalem medical centre. Ido received homework help, participated in a variety of clubs, received an afternoon snack and a hot dinner alongside other siblings of children with cancer.

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In 2015, just when the family believed the worst was behind them, Aviram experienced another medical crisis… “About a year after my bone cancer diagnosis I dreamt I had leukaemia. Then the doctor called with my latest blood test results, and I found out I was right. I did have leukaemia,” said the teen, who underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2016 and is now in remission. “Aviram was much more ill during this second round of cancer than he was during the first,” Orit said, remembering the second ordeal. We needed Zichron Menachem then more than ever.” Due to his punishing treatments, Aviram wasn’t able to participate in all of the activities the organisation offered children with cancer, but he insisted on attending summer camp. “I was busy fighting the disease and I didn’t have the energy for most things, but I was determined to go to camp because it gave me strength,” he said. Aviram said the trips – to London and twice to Holland – “were incredibly special. They were tailored to us, kids with cancer, in every way. They chartered a plane just for us, and when I didn’t feel well, I could lie down and go to sleep. All the people on the plane were from our group.”

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When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it’s a devastating blow. When it’s a child, it’s even more devastating. ZumZum provides support for any young person in Israel under the age of 25 living with cancer, as well as their parents and siblings. In the UK, we have adopted the nickname, ZumZum, that the children have for the Israeli charity, Zichron Menachem. Menachem was a boy who suffered from leukaemia from the age of 2, losing his brave fight at the age of 15. His parents, Chaim and Miri Ehrental, set up Zichron Menachem in 1990 so that they could support other young people and their families going through what they had been through.

“The other kids knew exactly what I was going through.” Prior to his visit to London. Aviram said he was terribly underweight and frail.

“I had no appetite and I hadn’t eaten anything in a long time. But being out of the hospital, in a normal environment, away from the cancer world and with good food all around, I began to eat and gain weight and strength,” he said, smiling. “Going on holiday with other teens with cancer was incredibly fun, but it also gave me strength. The other kids knew exactly what I was going through, knew exactly how I felt, so we were able to communicate. They understood me in a way others didn’t.” Aviram, a mature, serious boy who dotes on his little brother and parents, said Zichron Menachem “allowed me to focus on getting healthy, because I knew it was helping Ido and my mum and dad. My getting cancer didn’t affect only me. It affected them as well.” Aviram now hopes to study medicine, specialising in cancer. He says, “I’ve beaten cancer twice. Now I’m going to cure cancer.”

From the start, Chaim and Miri understood that care must be taken of the whole family, because cancer hits the whole family. From 1990, we have supported an incredible 35,874 children, and we are Israel’s leading provider of support services to children with cancer and their families. Every day at our House of Dreams centre in Jerusalem, children with cancer get a chance to make up on their missed studies as well as play, laugh and heal. We also run 3 major camps a year, in Israel and abroad, taking more than 100 children each time. And at hospitals across Israel, our volunteers give children receiving cancer treatment a break from pain and boredom, with ice cream sundaes and sushi, and much-needed personal attention. We give each child everything they need to have the greatest psychological and emotional resilience. With your help, we give them the best possible chance. Come and support ZumZum at our inspiring Chanucut event on Sunday, 17 December – see over the page for details. And you can make a donation and find out more about what we do at www.zumzum.org.uk

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Chanucut Sunday 17 December 2017, 2pm-5pm JFS School, The Mall, Kenton, HA3 9TE If you don’t have long enough hair, you can still support our amazing Chanucutters. Come along for a fantastic family day, including 8 golden tickets with wonderful prizes to be won, food stalls, balloon modelling, bouncy castle, face painting, candle lighting and doughnuts for all! For further information, please visit our website www.zumzum.org.uk or call 020 8455 6288.


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Go Doughnuts! / Chanukah and Winter Dining

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CHANUKAH The easy way to celebrate Chanukah is to light the candles on your menorah, wolf down a few doughnuts and sink back on the sofa. But if you want to get out and about for the Festival of Lights, we can direct you towards....

Chanukah in the Square, which is sponsored by Jewish News, is the biggest annual Chanukah celebration in the UK. The first night’s celebrations will take place on 12 December from 5.30-7.30pm in Trafalgar Square, where the tallest menorah in the world will be lit in the presence of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, followed by a performance by the a capella group The Maccabeats and other live music acts. Attendees will also get free doughnuts. JW3’s Latke Lounge at Brent Cross on 21 December from 12pm, when everyone is welcome to join in on the Chanukah celebrations with free family crafts, live music, nail art, face painting, balloon modelling, badge making, traditional Chanukah games, dancing dreidel characters, storytelling, sing-a-longs and live music from the Stew Curtis Band. JW3’s Chanukah Funukah in partnership with Israeli Scouts is also on at its Finchley Road HQ where there are more doughnuts, face painting, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, music and fun! The day after Chanukah in 1959, a new kind of music came out of London’s East End. Willy Bergman, a Jewish band leader and trendsetter blended a mix of West Indian Calypso, mambo, surf guitar, classic Yiddish songs and English beat rhythms to create the ‘der shvitz’.’. Years later it crossed the Atlantic in diluted form as ‘the twist’, its roots forgotten, but the Yiddish Twist Orchestra still honour him and will be performing for Chanukah on 17 December at JW3.. Belsize Square Synagogue is holding a chidren’s Chanukah market on Saturday, 2 December

(5pm to 8 pm) and Sunday, 3 December (9.30 am to 4 pm). There will be an international food court, spa treatments, toys, games and 50% off designer makeup and skincare. Jewish Museum in Camden gets in the spirit of Chanukah on Sunday, 18 December (12pm to 4pm) with an afternoon of family activities that include creating your own clay Chanukah lamp and ceramic tile, making an edible dreidel and handling festival objects from the museum’s collection. A klezmer band will play through Islington Chabad’s seventh Menorah Lighting, where there will be free savoury and sweet treats: doughnuts, hot cocoa, and a variety of latkes..




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Chanukah and Winter Dining/ Eating out

WHY IS THIS MONDAY DIFFERENT from all other Mondays? Louisa Walters suggests places to eat lunch on 25 December


y non-Jewish friends and colleagues always ask the same question when Christmas looms: “What do you do on Christmas Day?” It’s not ‘our’ festival, so I guess they could be forgiven for assuming we don’t celebrate it. But what’s not to celebrate when everyone is off work and he shops are closed? Traditionally, I cook a full turkey roast lunch with all the ‘allowable’ trimmings, but last year the extended family were away. As there were only four of us it was a good excuse to go out, only to discover many restaurants are open on Christmas Day and, if you steer away from the top London hotels and gourmet restaurants, it doesn’t have to cost the earth. DO bear in mind that most restaurants pay their staff double to work on 25 December, and this will be reflected in the price. We chose Bellanger in Islington for our ‘going out’ Christmas lunch last year. This is a traditional French brasserie from Corbin and King with some German influences on the menu. They were running the regular all-day brunch menu with a few specials, including roast turkey. There was something rather nice about being out on Christmas Day – there was no traffic, it was easy to park, we experienced a lovely bonhomie in the restaurant and, best of all, I had no cooking, serving or clearing up to do. It was also quite a novelty not having to have turkey. Bellanger is open this year, too. Also in Islington, the wonderfully cosy authentic French restaurant La Petit Auberge has a really well-priced Christmas Day menu (£37.95), with typical French dishes, such as baked camembert and grilled duo of seabass and trout, as well as seasonal treats such as gravadlax and traditional roast turkey. There are veggie and vegan options and great desserts. There is another branch of this restaurant in Cockfosters, which has a more elaborate menu for £65. Open since the

The kosher restaurants currently listed as open on Christmas Day include the uber hip Hummus Bar, the Argentinian-themed La Fiesta, and Met Su Yan, which is doing a £30 per person special buffet. All are in Golders Green, which has always managed to blend baubles and borscht over the festive period – as anyone who ever ate brisket in Blooms while looking at fairy lights will recall.

beginning of this year, this branch is bright, fresh and modern, with beautiful interiors and a stunning bar. The Summerhouse in Maida Vale is a lovely bright space which, despite being canalside, is beautifully warm and inviting in winter. The £80 set menu features butternut squash soup; smoked salmon rillettes; pithivier with wild mushrooms, spinach and goat’s cheese; halibut with Loch Duart salmon, dauphinoise potato and saffron butter sauce; and roast turkey or steak for meat lovers. Chocolate plate surprise, Christmas pudding or warm pecan pie are the dessert choices, followed by a cheese course and tea or coffee with mince pies. On the same road in Maida Vale (and under the same ownership), The Waterway has a simpler menu for £70 a head in a more rustic setting. Both restaurants are charging £40 a head for children aged seven to 12. If you’re looking to stick with a family favourite, Amaretto restaurants in Edgware, Hendon and Golders Green, are amazing value for Christmas Day: three courses plus a prosecco bellini for £29.50. Go traditional with smoked salmon to start and roast turkey to follow, or stick with the Italian classics – insalata caprina and fileti de spigola (fillets of seabass in a butter and wine sauce). In true Italian style, dessert is panettone and ice cream. If you fancy heading into central London, take in the beautiful skyline views with a three-course festive brunch at the laid-back yet luxe Bōkan restaurant in Canary Wharf. Towering 39 storeys above the streets of the capital, Bōkan offers 360-degree showstopping views of London, experimental cocktails and a stylish three-course menu with unlimited prosecco, house wine, beer and soft drinks for £75 per person. For an aromatic spin on the traditional Christmas lunch, and a unique modernIndian style celebration in the beautiful surroundings of the former Westminster library, head to The Cinnamon Club in Westminster. For £100 per person, including an aperitif of Christmas punch, enjoy a four-course feast. Delicious starters include Keralan-style soup flambéed with brandy; tandoori dishes; chickpea and sesame cake with smoked aubergine chutney; stunning meaty/fishy or veggie mains with coconut ginger sauce, garlic naan crumble and other Indian delicacies. Modern pan-Indian restaurant Baluchi is also open on Christmas Day, with a three-course menu priced at £70 per person. Located in The LaLiT London, a stunning boutique hotel (formerly a

school) near Tower Bridge, Baluchi is housed in the original wood-panelled Great Hall. Dishes include home-cured smoked salmon with avocado purée and marinated globe artichoke to start; turkey with kadhai spices and cumin potatoes to follow, and Nimboo panna cotta with Christmas pudding ice cream, burnt brandy cream and naankhatai crumb. If you’re happy to splash the cash, but want to stay out of central London, Sopwell House and St Michael’s Manor in St Albans are each laying on a fullblown Christmas Day extravaganza, and so is the Laura Ashley Hotel in Elstree. Expect to pay well over £100 per head.

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Chanukah and Winter Dining / Eating trends


Keeping up with dining trends can be a meal in itself. Louisa Walters reports

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The biggest foodie trend in recent years has been the march of the healthyeating vegan and veggie brigade and the use of sustainable ingredients and it has had a major impact on the restaurant industry. “Healthy eating isn’t a new trend, but it’s one we’re seeing take on a new level of consideration as people become more conscious not only about what they are eating, but also about the social impact their diet can have,” says Philip McGuinness, who runs Tootoomoo pan Asian restaurants in various north London locations. “More and more people are opting away from meat and the most strident meat eaters go vegetarian occasionally. There has been a shift in the public consciousness that every bit helps and sustainable and local eating habits are best.”

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HEALTHY Tootoomoo is not vegetarian, but places huge emphasis on a healthy way of cooking and eating. It’s the same story at the Good Life Eatery, which has just opened a fourth branch, in St John’s Wood; the motto here is: ‘Keep it simple, keep it clean, keep it fresh’. This is exactly what prompted Saad Aslam to bring USA-based concept Brewed + Pressed to Mill Hill. “Brewed Philip McGuinness + Pressed inspires a

healthier lifestyle through great tasting healthy food and drink that benefits our everyday lives,” he says. Dishes are predominately plant based, but most customers are not vegan or even vegetarian. “Our Saad Aslam menu has been designed to appeal to everyone,” he says. It’s a similar story at the new vegetarian restaurant Ceremony in Kentish Town. The chef is a meat eater, so he ‘gets’ how to make vegetarian dishes interesting and palatable for non-veggies. It’s all about fabulous dishes that

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and general restaurant menus will reflect this,” says Lindsey. “Farmacy, Sagar, Vanilla Black, Ottolenghi and The THE BLOG Gate (vegetarian restaurant) Lindsey Solomons are bang on this trend. and Simon Barnett, “Following a successful founders of food blog pop-up, Gizzi Erskine is taste2taste, check out launching Pure Filth early what’s happening on next year – a vegetarian Simon Barnett and Lindsey Solomons the vibrant food scene healthy burger joint. in London, New York, and on their travels. “In NYC: Sacred Chow “2018 is going to be all about the plants,” says offers a vegan, organic, global Lindsey. “Farm to Fork has stepped aside in cuisine, kosher, sharing favour of Root to Table – vegetable-forward plates, all-day dining concept menus where veggies have the starring role.” – six trends in one!” Lindsey and Simon also foresee more Mitch Tillman, who owns gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian The Summerhouse and options, with ‘flexitarian’ diners reducing their The Waterway in Maida meat consumption. “Fine dining experiences Vale, says: “In light of uncer- Mitch Tillman

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Eating trends / Chanukah and Winter Dining

tainty surrounding Brexit and rising interest rates, restaurants remain resilient because people still want to have fun, and a huge part of that is to go out and share good food and drink with friends. This is now ingrained into our generation. “However I think the future will see far less of the branded high street chains. People are bored with looking at the same menu in the same surroundings wherever they are in the country. “The consumer wants an experience, and that only comes with individuality, usually found in one-off or ‘special’ restaurants.”

RELAXING But what of the way in which we eat in restaurants? Jesse Dunford Wood at Parlour restaurant in Kensal Rise, which focuses on British food, says: “People are erring Jesse Dunford towards a much more relaxed style of dining, and the small plate and sharing attitude to food is coming at London in full force. Formal, restrictive tasting menu formats (in formal exclusive environments) are certainly destined for the history books.” There is certainly a new wave of restaurants doing the high-end menu format in a casual setting. Street XO in Mayfair, 108 Garage in Notting Hill and Pidgin in Hackney are great examples of this. Casual dining continues to grow, with street food vendors collaborating with pubs, supper clubs and festivals. Watch out for future restaurant trends here. Many vendors starting with street food have now opened restaurants – for example Pizza Pilgrims (sourdough pizza) and Bleecker (American burgers). In the US, street food is becoming more organised, with apps to track vendors and locations. Check out KERB and Street Feast in London and Smorgasburg in NYC. MIDDLE EAST Influenced by Yotam Ottolenghi in the UK and Einat Admony (Taïm, Balaboosta) and Michael Solomonov (Zahav) in the US, the Middle Eastern trend continues. In London,

The Good Egg is full of eastern promise, which continues to be bang on trend for 2018

Ottolenghi, Honey & Co, The Palomar, The Barbary, Berber & Q, The Good Egg and Bala Baya are creating a massive buzz. Meanwhile, cuisines with a melting pot of influences are also on the up. Hawaiian poke bowls are growing more popular in London, while Filipino food is making waves in the US – dishes such as halo halo, a colourful mix of shaved ice,

fruits, milk, sweets, and ube ice cream made from purple yams. And what of that other trend – photographing every dish from every angle and posting it on social media? The new iPhone X, with its revolutionary camera, pretty much ensures that this is set to continue. • Louisa Walters is founder of The Restaurant Club

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Chanukah and Winter Dining / Kashrut clever


RISING Bronte Bailey meets the kashrut restaurant king


here’s a revolution going on in kosher dining, and one of the key driving-forces behind this is 30-year-old Londonborn Lee Landau. “Gone are the days when kosher patrons are happy to stand back and watch non-kosher diners enjoy all the best gastronomic experiences,” says Lee. “My vision is that the kosher sector should have access to the same innovation, experimentation and dining trends that can be found in the secular world. In fact, non-kosher diners should be able to enjoy fine kosher dining experiences in the UK just as they already do in places like New York and Paris.” Together with his parents, Lee is founder and co-founder of some of the most well-known kosher eateries in north-west London, so we trust he knows what he’s talking about. His family businesses stretch across the Jewish strip of Golders Green, starting from Kingsleys Estates on the corner and spreading through SOYO, Pita and PIZAZA, with the only non-kosher restaurant being the Water Margin breaking his run of quality kosher eating establishments. But even that is about to change. “I’m delighted to announce that we have taken over Water Margin and will shortly be launching the venue with two different restaurant concepts. A chicken rotisserie casual dining experience on the first floor, and upstairs an exclusive steakhouse, with meats sourced from around the world. Kosher diners will no longer have to endure treif duck hanging in the windows, and instead can salivate over prime cuts of kosher meat, ageing in the custom-built chamber made of Himalayan salt.”

This new venture marks Lee’s first partnership with Roman Zelman – the ‘king’ of the meat market and co-founders of restaurants such as Beast, Goodman’s, Burger & Lobster and Zelman Meats. It represents everything that drives Lee’s passion to take the best concepts in hospitality and dining from around the globe and give them a kosher twist. It was this vision that inspired Lee to open his first restaurant, PIZAZA, aged 19. “I wanted somewhere cool to hang out that was kosher, like my non-kosher friends had,” he explains. “Since there wasn’t anything around, I decided to start this journey instead of going to medical school, every Jewish mum’s dream; I hope I made my mum proud.”

PIZAZA celebrates its tenth anniversary in the new year and will be adding two new sites in Edgware and Borehamwood, to its existing two in Hendon and Golders Green. His other restaurant brands are also undergoing expansion, with SOYO in Golders Green also getting a sister site, which it will share with PIZAZA in Borehamwood as a hybrid concept. Earlier this year, Lee and his team partnered with Or Golan,exhead chef at the Ottolenghi group, to open their modern Middle Eastern concept, Delicatessen. After constantly being fully booked, they’ve decided to relocate to a larger premises in Hampstead where they will also have a later license. The present site will serve the ever-growing community of St John’s Wood, Maida Vale, Belsize Park and Hampstead as a boutique deli and butcher. And it doesn’t stop there! Lee has recently acquired Pita, and operates Head Room Café, in partnership with Jami – the Jewish community’s mental health charity – as a social enterprise. He has also somehow found time to develop VAPOX, a vape and coffee shop in Hendon with an ecommerce website, vapox.co.uk. With so much happening, it’s a really exciting time for kosher dining in London. “But that’s just the start,” adds Lee. “We plan to take our brands nationally and internationally and are very much looking forward to the future.”


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Eat already! / Chanukah and Winter Dining



t’s the slim-before-stuffing season again, when every glossy mag tells you to count calories before embarking on a meal marathon. This is not conducive to a Jewish way of thinking as we are always eating (Yom Kippur aside) and would sooner buy a bigger jacket than skip lunch. One way to drop pounds and still enjoy our food starts at Sea Pebbles in Bushey. Walking to the restaurant is an option, and the owners look after their customers with every serving of fresh cod, halibut, salmon, plaice, rock, Dover sole and lemon sole available grilled as well as fried in matzo meal. Instead of fat, fluffy chips Sea Pebbles prepares lovingly, boiled potatoes, or rice is also available – or you can skip carbs altogether and have salad.

The same options are available at Sea Pebbles in Hatch End, run with the same attention to detail by the Andreou family. In both cases, the kitchen is versatile and, if clients are on a mission to lose pounds, the Andreous will help. The tricky part is watching fellow diners tuck into those fluffy chips, so order a take-away portion and walk home. Sea Pebbles: Bushey 020 8950 4679, Hatch End 020 8428 0203



o walk into Ishtah in Finchley is to leave London behind. The restaurant, which offers cuisine from throughout Turkey, is elegant... tastefully-arranged décor, sideboards and tables all blond wood, comfy seating in bright colours. Spacious and sophisticated, it simultaneously exudes a feeling of cosiness and warmth. Owner Ibrahim Opuz, whose restaurant was formerly known as Izgara, chose the new name of Ishtah, which means appetite in English. It’s a good label, because when you go, you’d better go hungry. The menu is extensive, full of traditional Turkish foods from starters that include grilled halloumi, smoky aubergine dip and hummus to mains such as chicken or lamb shish (prime meat cuts chargrilled on skewers and served with salad). There are also favourites such as adana kofte (chargrilled minced lamb blended with red peppers, onions, red chillies) and imam biyaldi (whole aubergine baked with onions, peppers, garlic and tomato). There is also a good selection of fish, including chargrilled seabass and salmon. The restaurant’s speciality is a marinade married with quality meat, cooked fresh over its charcoal-fired grill. It’s an example of what Opuz means when he says he and his chefs are passionate about the food they cook. “From east to west, north to south, our cuisine consists of carefully-selected and

great-tasting flavours from all around Turkey,” he says. “We source only the finest and freshest ingredients. We love what we do, and it’s reflected in our food.” Ishtah seems set to become a permanent fixture for another 20 years. It is a taste of all of Turkey in the heart of Finchley. ishtah.co.uk



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VADI Turkish food is a community favourite


stablished in 2011, Vadi offers the finest example of classic Turkish cuisine without having to leave north London. The branches in Enfield and Palmers Green are a stone’s throw for many of us and the popularity of these restaurants are a testament to the good food. Vadi is a fully licenced, air-conditioned restaurant with a steaming sizzling oak grill, and a hot table laden with simmering stews and braises. Both restaurants have a capacity of 150 people and they also have private function rooms available. Vadi has undergone a major refurbishment and, although the highly experienced chef and his team remain reliably the same, along with the stunning new look comes a relaxed atmosphere, with many new additions to what has always been a very tasty menu. It may be thousands of miles from Turkey, but it doesn’t taste like it.  For reservations, call Palmers Green on 020 8882 2228 or Enfield 020 8805 9838


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Chanukah and Winter Dining / Fork Awards BEST ‘You Haven’t Changed a bit’ RESTAURANT Winner: Oslo Court, St John’s Wood The one we return to time and again when it’s a multi-generation celebration. The ‘time-warp’ décor, menu and dessert trolley are unparalleled and make us feel as special and loved as if we’d gone to

grandma’s for Friday night dinner. Runner-up: The Good Earth, Mill Hill

BEST NEWCOMER Winner: Ceremony, Kentish Town Its basic, it’s rustic and its vegetarian – but it absolutely deserves this award for being the first veggie restaurant that non-veggies actually want to eat in. The chef is a meat eater, which probably explains it. Plus it does fantastic cocktails! Runner-up: Hudsons, Mill Hill

BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE THE CAVAPOO Winner: Gaucho, Hampstead (Sundays only)

AND THE FORK goes to...

Louisa Walters has dined out a lot this year and shared her views with her 20,000 strong Facebook group. Here, the founder of The Restaurant Club nominates her favourite London eateries for 2017 in an eclectic range of categories BEST RESTAURANT FOR A MAZELTOV SELFIE Winner: Cecconi’s, Mayfair The iconic Mayfair Italian restaurant with its distinctive green leather chairs has long been the venue of choice for a special lunch/dinner or birthday outing. Full of important-looking business types, glamorous ladies who lunch and the occasional celebrity during the day, it takes on a whole new level of ‘specialness’ at night – well worth getting dressed up for, and certainly a place to splash the cash. Runner-up: 34 Mayfair

On the first Sunday of every month, Gaucho opens its doors to our doggy friends. Dogs get reserved tables, waiter service, a water bowl and a food bowl, a bag of treats and Argentinian dog snacks. Oh – and humans get fed too. Great fun. Runner-up: Bernardi’s, Fitzrovia

BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE THE KIDS (& the iPads) Winner: Amaretto, Edgware, Hendon, Golders Green Good, simple, authentic Italian food that kids and adults can enjoy eating together – great value, too. Runner-up: Nu Nosh, Temple Fortune

BEST RESTAURANT FOR IMPRESSING TEENS Winner: Inamo, Camden, Soho, Covent Garden Super-cool hangout with great pan-Asian food. The technology beams an ordering system on to the table, through which you order your meal, choose your virtual tablecloth, play games, view the chefs at work on ‘chef cam’ and much more. A unique dining experience. Runner-up: Chicken Shop, St John’s Wood

BEST RESTAURANT FOR DECOR IDEAS Winner: Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia This super-glamorous restaurant (with prices to match) has a jaw-droppingly stunning interior. Every inch of the wall space is covered in gilt-framed different-sized paintings, while the huge arched windows are draped in gauze and the bar twinkles with light. Runner-up: The Ham Yard Hotel, Soho


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Fork Awards / Chanukah and Winter Dining BEST RESTAURANT FOR AFFORDABLE EATS Winner: Kiyoto, Borehamwood and Mill Hill Intimate and modern with a great atmosphere, this bijou restaurant offers an impeccable standard of sushi, sashimi and hot cooked specialities, including a very good miso black cod, all at really good prices. The in-house loyalty scheme means it gets to be better value with each visit. Runner-up: Little Bay, Kilburn

BEST RESTAURANT TO MAKE THE MECHATANIM FEEL LOVED Winner: Café Also, Temple Fortune Egyptian-born co-owner and chef brings his eastern Mediterranean influences to this charming restaurant and despite featuring no meat, the menu never fails to charm. Runner-up: Café Toulous, Market Place NW11


BEST RESTAURANT FOR OVER EASY MORNINGS Winner: Flourish, Watford This fabulous artisan bakery hidden away on an industrial estate in Watford is simply the bestkept (not so) secret for breakfast. Wonderful eggy dishes with amazing sourdough toast, plus sweet options too. Not only that, but lovely baked goodies and superb bread to take home too.

The Hummus Bar is where Tel Aviv meets Shoreditch in Golders Green – and where you are almost guaranteed to see a load of familiar faces while chowing down on surely the best kosher menu in town.

Runner-up: Greenberry Café, Primrose Hill

Runner-up: Hudson’s, Mill Hill and Whetstone

BEST RESTAURANT FOR SHAKSHUKA OUTSIDE ISRAEL Winner: Sunny Hill Café, Hendon Claiming to be the first place to serve shakshuka in the UK, this is widely reported to be the best – with just the right intensity of flavours and just the right level of spice. Runner-up: Michael’s, Woodside Park

BEST RESTAURANT TO POWDER YOUR NOSE Winner: The Ned, Poultry Huge and wondrously sumptuous toilets with a stunning rose-coloured velour threesome love seat in the centre. Runner-up: Sketch, Mayfair



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Chanukah and Winter Dining / Hello 2018!

Coming your way SOON Brigit Grant rifles through next year’s offerings and discovers it’s mostly about Jewish men with beards

So we can now add Royal wedding to the 2018 to-do list. Ahead of getting hitched next year, Jewish brides should take a look at Antonio Berardi’s gowns as he may be responsible for the Markle sparkle come spring. Trends for 2018 will also include monogrammed bags, cycling shorts, plastic jackets and anything else Meghan is wearing – and Reiss, if the Duchess of Cambridge takes Harry’s fiancée shopping. Theatre in 2018 will see Jewish direcSam Mendes tors Patrick Marber and Sam Mendes at the


Royal National Theatre, with the former bringing Exit the King by Eugène Ionesco starring Rhys Ifans, and the latter The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, which focuses on the Jewish founded investment bank from its inception in 1844 to its crash in 2008. Stephen Sondheim also has two musicals in revival: Follies with Imelda Staunton, and Company with Patti LuPone. On the big screen, Sacha Baron Cohen will play a cut-throat retail millionaire (remind you of anyone?) in Greed, and Simon Amstell has written and directed Benjamin, a film about a socially awkward and self-deprecating director (remind you of anyone?). Disobedience, the long-awaited movie starring Rachel Weisz as a former Orthodox Jewish woman returning home and embarking on a lesbian affair finally opens in May. She will also play James Miranda Barry, born Margaret Bulkley, who lived as a man so she could practice medicine. Timely subject matter in a confused climate. Not content with wizardry, Daniel Radcliffe plays an angel called Craig in the TV comedy Simon Amstell

series Miracle Workers and is responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers. Steve Buscemi plays his boss, aka God, who has taken his eye off the ball. Those who took their sons to audition for Steven Spielberg might want to know that he is now directing that film – The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which is about a young Jewish boy, forcibly raised as a Christian in 19th century Italy. Ahead of that comes his film Ready Player One, which is his pop culture-infused teenage adventure set in a futuristic society where humans engage in a virtual landscape. On TV, a welcome return for Scrubs’ Zach Braff in the comedy series Alex, Inc., in which he plays Gimlet Media founder Alex Blumberg. Could it be any more Jewish? Other 2018 highlights include the debut of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen on TV (Netflix) with their western trilogy, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, starring nice Jewish boy James

tainment, and with more than 60 real-life activities to trial, career advice has never been more thrilling. As a parent accompanying a child to KidZania, there is never a dull moment watching the little one divide their time between learning to be a doctor, putting out a blaze as a firefighter or singing in the karaoke club. Fitting in bell ringing, air-conditioning repair and making chocolate between hairdressing and learning to land a plane is the hardest part of navigating a visit, which is why they always want to return. And return again. Over the Chrismukkah period, Kidzania goes global and children will be able to experience how their peers in Mexico, China, Italy, Germany, Australia, India and Ethiopia celebrate festive traditions. Add festive ‘Frozen’ face painting at the Snazaroo painting studio, a parade around the City, and the chance to create a Pokémon stop-motion short film while learning to be an animator, it’s easy to see why a day at KidZania in December is unmissable.

The quiet times are some of the most enjoyable at KidZania, as children get to feel like the wizard in charge of Oz as they scamper from role to role. So if you have children who finish early on Fridays through the winter, but still want the learning to continue, heading to KidZania at the Westfield shopping centre ticks the boxes. The joy of the place is that it is also safe and secure, with every adult present accompanied by a child. Personally I can’t think of a better way to end the week than watching my 10-year-old trying out as a BA flight attendant while I sit in the cabin. Parents are allowed on board but, for the record, bell ringing is only for the kids. • Visit kidzania.co.uk


Imagine a place where the firemen, doctors and pilots are all children. Fancy a visit? “What would you like to be when you grow up?” is the question children get asked the most. and it frequently leaves them dumbfounded. For inspiration and a glimmer of what work in the big adult world is all about, take them to KidZania. A day in the city run by kids will give them a taste of what they could do in later years, but in the most exciting way possible. Designed for children aged four to 14, KidZania blends learning and reality with enter-

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Hello 2018! / Chanukah and Winter Dining

Fancy Doing This? David Baddiel

26 December Missing Strictly? Then grab your dancing shoes and waltz off to the Southbank Centre’s Strictly Winter Ballroom event, complete with live music and demonstrations. Dancers of all experience levels welcome. Free, just turn up at noon. Need a bigger boat? Then escape to Martha’s Vineyard with a screening of Jaws at Prince Charles Cinema, Soho, at 5.40pm.

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Franco. On a smaller scale but equally welcome is Sit.com, David Baddiel’s comedy pilot about the impact of technology on the life of one family. There’s a father who fancies himself as a web entrepreneur, a step-mum who stalks the children on Facebook and a teenage daughter who crosses boundaries with her blog. Sounds like one to watch, unless you are at the #megha wedding.

£9 to £12, book ahead.

27 December Favourite seasonal film? LOVE ACTUALLY obviously, so a walking tour with a Texan (eventbrite.co.uk) of locations in the Richard Curtis’ classic will keep things oddly festive. 6.30pm.

See Paddington 2 – the sublime movie sequel featuring Michael Bond’s bear from Peru who was inspired by the Kindertransport. Ice-skating obviously... and the place to do it is JW3, where there is a rink for the fourth year running, with penguins to cling to if you can’t muster up your Torville or Dean. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


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