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Sumptuous Jaffa chicken

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My cousin’s wife Lori who resides in Jerusalem is an excellent cook and marvelous hostess. I first tasted her jaffa chicken in Sydney in the 1980s. It comes from the International Goodwill Cookbook, which credits “Sarika Harmelin, wife of the Ambassador for Israel”. This edition of this wonderfully simple, South African cookbook dates back to 1981.http://hometimes.co.za/advertise-with-hometimes/


8 serving portions of chicken

250g vegetable fat

1 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon flour

0.5 cup soya sauce

4 tablespoons honey

4 large apples (granny smith)


Season the chicken portions with pepper and paprika and place in a Pyrex dish. Mix the fat, orange juice, flour, soya sauce and honey and melt over low heat. Pour it over the chicken portions and let it marinate for four hours. Cover with tin foil. Put it in a moderate oven for 1.5 hours. Keep adding the gravy on the chicken and after 1.5 hours take off the tin foil and add thinly sliced peeled apples and put back in the oven for another 30 minutes uncovered. Serve with rice.


This Shabbes favourite vegetable dish can be served with the chicken and is credited by Goodwill to Mickey Blumberg.


1kg baby marrows

2 large onions

Salt and pepper


2 small tins tomato puree

1 tin water

Juice of 1 lemon

1T sugar or more to taste


Peel baby marrows and slice (not too thinly). Add salt and pepper. Chop onions finely. Fry lightly in oil. Drain excess moisture from baby marrows. Add marrows to oil and fry until brown, turning all the time to get even frying. Add the other ingredients. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. More water can be added if sauce is too thick. Test for perfect sweet and sour taste and correct with sugar and lemon juice. Can be served hot or cold.


Alison Goldberg is the former property editor of Business Day (1985) and the Financial Mail (1991-99). In 1995 she won the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award. She has edited such titles as National Constructor and The Miner in Australia and has freelanced for The Star, The South African Jewish Report and The Jerusalem Post.

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