The Monday Morning Cooking Club are six Jewish women from Sydney who meet weekly to cook. Three words became their mantra: share the recipes and stories of their community; inspire people to preserve their family recipes; and give all the profits to charity. Their first, self-titled cookbook was a bestseller and their new book The Feast Goes On, contains more than 100 recipes for every occasion, from feasting to light lunches, fressing (a Yiddish word for grazing), everyday eating, comfort food and traditional dishes. The Feast Goes On is released next Tuesday, April 1.They’ve kindly shared two of those recipes with Business Insider.
1 fennel bulb, trimmed, fronds reserved
4–5 carrots, peeled and sliced
60 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste (concentrated puree)
1.25 litres (5 cups) vegetable stock
Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F). Cut the fennel in half lengthways and then cut each half into wedges. Toss the carrot slices and fennel with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Spread evenly on a baking tray and bake for 30–45 minutes, or until brown and tender. Meanwhile, toast the fennel seeds in a small frying pan over medium heat for 2–3 minutes, or until they turn lightly brown, then crush in a mortar and pestle. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over medium to high heat. Add the onion and crushed fennel seeds and cook for 10 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent. Reduce the heat to low and add the tomato paste, roasted vegetables and stock. Simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and allow to cool slightly. Puree with a stick blender or in a blender. Reheat and serve garnished with the reserved chopped fennel fronds.
Chicken with olives and capers
Ingredients 1 chicken, jointed, or 4 chicken marylands (leg Quarters)
50 g (1/4 cup) salted baby capers, well rinsed and drained
75 g (1/2 cup) pitted kalamata olives, halved
2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
250 ml (1 cup) white wine
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 thyme sprigs
freshly ground black pepper Method
Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F/Gas 6).
Place the chicken pieces in an oiled roasting dish, then scatter the capers, olives and garlic on top. Pour the wine and olive oil over the chicken, then scatter on the thyme and season generously with pepper. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chicken is golden and the juices run clear when pierced with a knife. If the chicken is not browned enough, turn the oven to the hottest setting.