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  • Stella Hanan Cohen

Sweet Treats

After Passover enticing aromas of our Ottoman Sephardic cuisine permeate our home with freshly baked Rhodeslis sweet treats. The heady scent of rose water wafting from a sublime rice pudding, ‘sutlach’, bubbling on the stove, freshly baked ‘travados’ fragrant with cinnamon and cloves and shortbread filled with date and walnuts, ‘menenas’ – familiar smells that could have been from the kitchens of my ancestors from the Jewish quarters in medieval Spain or the Island of Rhodes.

I love nothing more than preparing a table laden with these home made delectable favourites for a gathering of my friends offering cups of freshly brewed Turkish coffee.

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