There is a secret document that many Jews have been waiting to be exposed for years. No, it is not the formula to writing an excellent musical comedy – although many would be interested. The secret I speak of is that of Golda Meir’s chicken soup and kneidlach. Yes, it is out. And I am enchanted.
What interests me most about Meir’s recipe is her method for making kneidlach: the first and only female Prime Minister in the history of modern Israel used actual matzah, as well as the olbigatory matzah meal, which is pretty off-piste in a modern Jewish kitchen.
So, I’m going to have to try this next time I make chicken soup. They can’t be bad seeing as the creator was a rare beast of a female politician in the 1960s, who was known not only for making her own food but also for entertaining international statesmen and women in forums known as ‘Golda’s Kitchen’. Now that’s my sort of pow wow. I’d like to see David Cameron getting his dumplings out for Barak Obama next time he visits number 10.