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May 17, 2016 - Vegan, Kosher, Breads and Doughs, Buns, Quickies, Starters, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Parve, Vegetarian, Sides    Comments Off on Sweet GF Challah/Buns

Sweet GF Challah/Buns

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600 gr. Tagmish GF flour
1 Tbsp. (12 gr.) dry yeast
120 gr. sugar
50 gr. (25 gr. + 25 gr.) vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. salt
600 ml. tap water

1 egg for brushing
sesame seeds for sprinkling (optional)


Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add water and 25 gr. of oil and knead for a 6-7 minutes on high until you get a soft, sticky dough.
Pour remaining (25 gr.) of oil over dough, and knead into the dough.
Cover bowl loosely with a plastic bag, and let rise in warm place for approx. ½ an hour.
For buns: Divide dough into equal parts weighing 100 gr. each, knead and form balls.
For Challah: Divide dough into equal parts weighing 200 gr. each, knead and form balls.
Shape into desired Challah/bun shape.
Place over a tin lined with baking paper, brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame.
Preheat you oven to 220C/450F.
Let rise for approx. 20 additional minutes.
Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 180C/360F.
Continue baking until nicely golden-brown (approximately 20 minutes for buns, 30 for the Challah).

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Dec 2, 2015 - Hannukah, Kosher, Quickies, Starters, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Parve, Vegetarian, Sides    Comments Off on Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes

My granmother’s Potato Latkes – golden, crisp and perfect.

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4 potatoes
optional: 1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 egg
1 Tbsp. Tami GF flour (or plain flour)
salt, to taste


Grate your potatoes (using a grater or a food processor), and squeeze to drain all liquid.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Heat skillet with ¼” of oil.
Fill a Tbsp. with batter, flatten using a second Tbsp., sliding the Latke into the oil with it.
Once the sides start to turn golden and crisp, turn Latke over.
Once the other side is nice and golden, remove from oil using a slotted spoon and place on paper towel.
Serve with sour cream/thick goats-milk yogurt.

Nov 17, 2015 - Vegan, Kosher, Breads and Doughs, Buns, Quickies, Starters, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Parve, Vegetarian, Sides    Comments Off on GF White Bread

GF White Bread

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280 gr. (2 cups) Tagmish GF flour
½ Tbsp. (~7 gr.) dry yeast
2 Tbsp. sugar
¼ Tbsp. salt
½ tsp. (2 gr.) baking powder
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
280 gr. tap water
1 egg
1 Tbsp. Tami Gluten-Free Couscous Mix

For brushing: 1 egg yolk + 1 tsp. vegetable oil


Mix all dry ingredients, other than Couscous mix, in a bowl.
Add all liquids, except egg, and knead for a few minutes until you get a soft, sticky dough.
Add egg and knead until fully incorporated.
Add Couscous mix and knead for an additional 5 minutes.
Lightly oil a medium-sized bowl, and transfer the dough onto it.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise for approx. ½ an hour.
Place dough into lightly-oiled bread tin.
Lightly wet your hands and smooth top of bread.
Lightly wet your finger tips and smooth dough on all sides, to create straight lines.
Cover with a towel and let rise refrigerated for ½ an hour.
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F.
Brush with egg mixture on top and sides evenly.
Bake at the center rack of your oven for 10 minutes.
Reduce heat to 170C/340F and continue baking until nicely golden-brown on top.
Move tin to a lower rack, and continue baking for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and tin and let cool on an oven rack.
You can keep in closed plastic bag on counter top for up to two days, or slice and freeze.

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Tunisian Banatages

Banatages are moist, yummy Tunisian fried potato and meat balls.
Like any other regional recipe, there are bound to be a hundred versions of it – this is the way my family likes to make it. The result (in my opinion) is a lighter, airier meat ball.

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Potato Casing
5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed (small cubes)
4 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. breadcrumbs (or matzo meal for Passover) or GF breadcrumbs
¼ tsp. Pepper
½ tsp. Turmeric
1 large onion
1 handful parsley (leaves only)
500 gr. ground beef
½ tsp. Turmeric
Coarse breadcrumbs (or matzo meal for Passover) or coarse GF breadcrumbs (I mixed fine GF breadcrumbs with crushed GF cornflakes, for that extra crunch)
1 egg, beaten

Frying oil


Potato Casing
Boil the potato cubes in salted water until soft.
Strain completely and mash the boiled potatoes, adding the water.
Season with salt, pepper and turmeric, and mix well.
Add breadcrumbs/matzo flour and incorporate.

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Finely chop onion and parsley in your food processor.

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Over medium heat, sauté the chopped onion and parsley in a little oil until the onion softens and turns translucent.

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Add the beef and lightly brown it, stirring continuously.

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Season with salt and turmeric.
Remove from heat and let cool.

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Prepare a bowl with the breadcrumbs for coating, and a tray lined with baking sheet.

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Take a Tbsp. of the potato casing, place on your hand and flatten to an thin oval layer.

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Add a Tbsp. of the filling in the center of the potato casing.

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Gently fold the edges of the potato casing over the filling, closing the meat within, and shape into an oval banatage.

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Roll banatage in breadcrumbs and place over the tray you prepared.

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Place tray in the refrigerator to cool and solidify, so it easier to handle, and doesn’t break when frying.

***Tip: If you wish to finish perparing the banatges another day, you can choose to freeze them at this time.

When you wish to finish preparing the banatages:
Heat 1½-2″ (4-5cm) of oil in a frying pan.
Dip each banatage in beaten egg.
Gently insert banatage into hot oil.
Turn until each side is a nice golden brown.
Remove from oil using a skimmer (sieved spoon), and place onto absorbent kitchen towels (to remove excess oil).


Dec 26, 2013 - Requires preparation in advance, Vegan, Kosher, Main dishes, Starters, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Parve, Vegetarian, Shavuot, Sides    Comments Off on Slow-Cooked Stuffed Acorn Squash

Slow-Cooked Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Ingredients

7-8 units acorn squash
½ amount cooked white rice
½ cup (prior to cooking) black lentils, cooked
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. Baharat spice mixture
salt to taste

Stuffed Acorn Squash Preparation

In a bowl, mix rice, lentils and seasoning well.
Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
Peel and empty squashes.
Gently cut squash bases to stand them in the pot.
Fill each squash with the rice-lentil filling up to ¾ of its height.


2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
Warm water
1-2 Tbsp. salt
1-2 tsp. dark-brown sugar
1 tsp. turmeric powder
½ tsp. dry Thyme


In a wide, low-rimmed pot, heat the oil.
Add the chopped onions and sauté until golden-brown, stirring once in a while.
Arrange the stuffed squashes in a single layer on the pot.
Add warm water to cover the the squashes up to ¾ of their height.
Season, stir well and bring to a boil.
Using a ladle, lade the cooking fluids over the stuffed squashes, until they can take in no more.
Taste, fix seasoning (if necessary), cover pot, reduce heat and cook for 1½-2 hours until squashes are soft, but do not fall apart.