Victoria plums ... you’ll need a dozen to make Janine’s crumble

What is it about the timing of Rosh Hashanah? “Ooooooh it’s late this year.”  Or “It’s so early this year.” “Why is it never on time?”

As for me, living here in Israel, it’s all about the timing of the produce.

‘Too early’ and my favorite recipe using Victoria plums are not always in the stores yet. ‘Too late’ and my beloved delicious figs have vanished from the shelves.

Israeli farming techniques are improving every year. (Look how long strawberries were around for this past winter.)

This year I feel Rosh Hashanah is ‘on time’, so here are my recipes using the bountiful produce Israel has to offer.

I don’t go ‘off piste’ with Rosh Hashanah – people want traditional.

I like to do traditional with a modern twist.

Slow Roast Beef Shoulder


2 kilo piece of beef shoulder

3 red onions

6 cloves garlic

1 cup Kiddush wine

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 cup chicken stock

2 squirts ketchup


1. Preheat the oven to 200C.

2. Place the sliced red onions and peeled      garlic cloves in the bottom of an      earthenware pot.

3. In a jar, shake up all the liquid ingredients.

4. Place the meat on top of the onions      and pour over the liquid.

5. Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes.

6. Turn the oven down to 160C and cook      for a further 2 hours.

7. Allow to cool.

8. Slice and put back into the gravy.

Butternut Squash and Pomegranate salad


½ butternut squash peeled and sliced

1 pomegranate, deseeded (I do this in a bowl of water)

1 bag of washed baby spinach

1 tbsp pine nuts

1 bunch coriander


Juice of half an orange

Juice of half a lemon

2 tbsp Silan (date syrup)

½ tsp coarse salt


1. Spray the squash slices with oil and      bake for 30 minutes at 180C.

2. On a flat platter, arrange the spinach and coriander.

3. Add the cooled pieces of squash and sprinkle with pomegranate and pine  nuts.

4. Shake up the dressing ingredients in an empty jar.

5. Pour over just before serving.

Victoria Plum Crumble


12 Victoria plums, washed and stoned

Juice of ½ lemon

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp honey

Crumble topping

200g plain flour

120g block margarine

100g brown sugar

50g granola

50g Quaker oats


1. Preheat the oven to 180C

2. Grease a 30cm ovenproof dish (I don’t recommend using an aluminium foil tray because the plums are acidic and it can alter the flavor)

3. Cut the plums in half and place in the bottom of the dish.

4. Squeeze over the lemon juice and sprinkle over the sugar.

5. Rub the flour and margarine together, then stir in the other ingredients.

6. Spoon the crumble mixture over the plums, and bake for 45 minutes.

7. Check the topping is golden brown and the plums are bubbling.

8. Serve with pareve ice-cream.

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Janine Levy

Janine Levy was born and schooled in Leeds, UK. She studied to be a Home Economics teacher in Manchester and taught Home  Economics in High schools. She and her husband Arran lived in Manchest...

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