A traditional Sephardi dish. The Sephardi Jews lived in Spain and Portugal until 1492 when they left to escape Queen Isabella’s auto da fé. Many went to Turkey, where my father’s family originated, welcomed by the Sultan. Muslims and Jews and Christians had lived happily in Spain and Portugal, under Muslim rule. Others went to Greece (Salonika had so many Jews, the city shut down on the Jewish Sabbath and festivals), Italy, southern France and all across North Africa. Some went to The Netherlands, others to the UK – Bevis Marks, in the City of London, is the oldest synagogue and is modelled on the one in Amsterdam.
This recipe was handed down by my paternal grandmother to my father and mother and they handed it down to us. We’ve never had a recipe, we just watched and learnt!
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