Ottolenghi’s Roast Chicken with Za’atar and Sumac

  • 8 chicken thighs with skin and bones, trimmed of excess fat and loose skin
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons za’atar plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Topping:
  • 6 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

  1. In a large bowl, mix chicken, onions, lemon, garlic, 4 tablespoons olive oil, spices, broth, salt, and pepper. Marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Transfer chicken and its marinade to a shallow baking pan large enough to hold all the chicken pieces lying flat with a little space between pieces. Chicken should be skin side up. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked through.* If you like the skin browned, turn the oven up to broil for the last few minutes of cooking, checking every minute or so until the skin is as crisp and brown as you like it. (Be very careful not to burn it)
  3. Make The Topping: While the chicken is roasting, line a plate with a double layer of paper towels. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until they turn golden. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate, to absorb the oil.
  4. To Serve: Transfer the hot chicken, onions and lemons to a serving platter. Pour pan juices over the chicken pieces. Sprinkle chicken with extra za’atar if you like and sprinkle with chopped parsley and toasted pine nuts. Serve hot.
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Coconut Macaroons (NYT)


  • 3 large egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup/151 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups/128 grams sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 ½ cups/128 grams shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons matzo cake meal
  • 4 ounces/113.5 grams bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  •  Flaky salt, for sprinkling (optional)
  1. Position racks in the top and bottom of the oven and heat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites, salt and sugar until creamy, thick and white. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of the oil and the vanilla.
  3. Fold in the flaked and shredded coconut and the flour, mixing well so the coconut is evenly moistened. At this point, the macaroons can be baked, but you can also refrigerate the mixture in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  4. Use a small 1-ounce cookie scoop to portion the coconut mixture (about 2 tablespoons per macaroon) and squeeze together in a ball. Space a few inches apart on the prepared sheets and rough up the texture a little with your fingers.
  5. Bake, switching the pans from back to front and top to bottom, until golden on the bottom and toasty all over, 16 to 21 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer the macaroons to a cooling rack close together. Set the rack over one of the baking sheets (keep the parchment on) to catch chocolate drips during drizzling. Cool the macaroons completely.
  6. Melt the chocolate with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil in a small saucepan over low heat and stir well. Drizzle the macaroons with the chocolate. Let the chocolate set a little in a cool place or in the refrigerator before topping with flaky salt. The macaroons can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.
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Best Black Bean Soup (NYT)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 2 quarts mild vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 T ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •  Red wine vinegar, to taste

possible garnishes

  • 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  •  Freshly squeezed juice of 2 limes
  •  Salt
  •  Sour cream or cheve
  •  Whole cilantro leaves
  •  Sliced avocado
  1. soak black beans the day before cooking the soup
  2. In a large, heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add carrots, onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened but not browned, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Pour in wine and let simmer until pan is almost dry and vegetables are coated. This can take approximately 15 minutes Add chopped jalapeño and cook, stirring, just until softened, 2 minutes.
  4. Add rinsed beans, stock, oregano and bay leaves and ground cumin and coriander, salt and pepper. Stir, bring to a boil, and let boil 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, partly covered, stirring occasionally and adding hot water as needed to keep the soup liquid and runny, not sludgy. Continue cooking until beans are just softened and fragrant, 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Adjust the texture of the soup: The goal is to combine whole beans, soft chunks and a velvety broth. Some beans release enough starch while cooking to produce a thick broth without puréeing. If soup seems thin, use an immersion blender or blender to purée a small amount of the beans until smooth. Continue until desired texture is reached, keeping in mind that the soup will continue to thicken as it sits. Add red wine vinegar to taste. 2 T seemed just fine.

When serving top with garnish.

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Vanilla Chiffon Cake (from 4/97 Bon Appetit)

1 ½ cups sugar

½ cup matzo cake meal

½ cup potato starch

1 ½ vanilla beans

½ t K salt

7 large eggs separated

2 T canola oil

2 T brandy

Preheat oven to 350.

Blend ½ cup sugar, matzo cake meal, potato starch, vanilla beans and salt in food processor until beans are finely chopped.  Sift mixture into small bowl.  Discard remains of beans that have not been sifted.

Using electric mixture, beat egg whites in large bowl until medium firm peaks form.  Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating until stiff but not dry.

With same beaters (or with another mixer) beat the yolks and ¼ cup of sugar until thick (about 5 minutes).  Gradually beat in the oil, then brandy.  Beat in matzo meal mixture.

Fold in whites in three additions.

Transfer batter to ungreased 10” tube pan with removeable bottom.   Bake until tester inserted near center comes out clean  (about 37 minute)  Immediately invert center of tube pan onto a narrow necked bottle.   Cool completely.  (Can make a day ahead.  Cover cake in pan.) Cut around pan sides to loosen cake.

Great served with strawberry sauce

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Aunt Ruth’s Chocolate Roll

5 eggs separated

½ cup confectionary sugar

2 T cocoa

Beat egg whites until stiff

Beat yolks and sugar for 10 minutes.  Fold in cocoa and stiffly beaten egg whites

Grease well and flour 10 x 15 rimmed cookie sheet

Pour and spread egg mixture onto cookie sheet

Bake at  400 10-15 minutes (gets slightly browned and tooth pick comes out clean when inserted ) and turn out onto brown paper bag sprinkled with sugar

Roll while hot and cover with damp cloth. Let cool in fridge before unrolling.   Spread with whip cream and then roll again.  Cover with fudge frosting

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