Hanukkah 2018 – all the best Chanukah recipes and food eaten during the festival

Here are some of the best Jewish cuisine recipes for the holidays.

How to make delicious Hanukkah food

There are lots of different dishes that are eaten to celebrate this Jewish festival which runs for eight days and nights on the 25th day of Kislev and is also known as the Festival of Lights – in 2018 this falls from December 2-10.

From sweet doughnuts to beef brisket and latke, check out these recipes:



  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 250g flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons oil + more for frying
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 to 3 drops of vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • strawberry jam
  • confectioners' sugar to sprinkle on


Slow cooked beef brisket

Serves: 6-8


  • 3 lb. beef brisket
  • small white onion, sliced
  • garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 2 c. low sodium chicken stock
  • sprigs fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper



Serves: 4-6


  • 1 lb. Russet potatoes, peeled (about 2 medium)
  • large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 tbsp. chopped chives
  • Applesauce, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving

Pretzel challah

Serves: 2


  • 3/4 c. warm water
  • packet active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • egg
  • flour
  • 4 qt. water
  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. dark brown sugar
  • Cornmeal, for dusting baking sheet
  • Kosher or coarse salt, for seasoning challah
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter


Sweet noodle kugel

Serves: 6-8


  • Butter, for greasing the pan
  • 16 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. cottage cheese
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


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Italy nightclub stampede – what caused the incident near Ancona, how many people were injured and what is the death toll?

Up to 1,000 people were at the Lanterna Azzurra club in Ancona to watch Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta.

What caused the incident near Ancona?

Some reports have said there was a stampede after people panicked when pepper spray was fired inside the club on Saturday (December 8).

The incident occurred at around 1am local time and the gig had not yet started when an “acrid smell” caused people to rush for the emergency exits.

Railings are said to have given way and people were crushed in the chaos.

There have been reports that one of the emergency exits was not working and there have been suggestions the nightclub was overcrowded.

How many were injured?

The exact number is not yet known but it is thought to be at least 100 people.

A teenager told Italian news agency ANSA one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to escape through it – authorities are said to be investigating if the emergency exits were working.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said there possibly was a "stink" that could have been ammonia, and the venue may have let in more people than allowed.

The local emergency services tweeted images from the scene showing the chaos caused by the stampede.

A local fire crew tweeted: "Team's engaged in rescue in a disco.

"Perhaps because of the dispersal of a stinging substance, boys flee by panic trampling.

"There are unfortunately those who died, dozens injured.

Fourteen of the injured are in a serious condition while at least 40 are less seriously injured.

What’s the current death toll?

There are a total of six people dead, so far.

Five of the victims were between 14-16 years old.

The sixth person was a 39-year-old woman who had gone to the club with her daughter.

Among the dead are three teenage girls and two young boys.

Their bodies were found near a low wall inside the building, firefighters spokesman Dino Poggiali told Sky TG24 News.

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Love Island 2018 couples – who's split up and what's happened to Georgia and Sam?

Here's the lowdown on which couples have split since leaving the villa…

Which Love Island 2018 couples have split?

The couples who have split are…

Jack and Dani

Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham were the nation's darlings in the aftermath of their Love Island win.

But just a few months later and it was all over for the pair after The Sun Online broke the news they had split.

The couple moved in together soon after returning to the UK.

Dani and Jack announced they had called time on their relationship in December 2018.

The couple, who have earned hundreds of thousands of pounds since leaving Love Island, cited their demanding schedules as a reason for the split.

Posting on Instagram Dani wrote: "Jack and I have sadly decided to part ways. It's been an incredible six months and we will always have a place in our hearts for each other, but we've sadly come to the realisation that it is not meant to be long term.

"We both plan to stay friends. I hope you'll all understand. Love Dani x."

Georgia and Sam

Georgia Steel and Sam Bird, were inseparable after meeting in the villa but their relationship has come to an end.

In a statement posted on Twitter after they attended an ITV party together, Sam said: “I’m devastated to announce me and Georgia have split up for reasons I can't bring myself to comment on at the moment."

Georgia later confirmed the news and told her Instagram followers: “I'm very sad to say me and Sam have split.

“I will always care about him. However please understand this is a hard time for us both. Thank you.”

When Sam and Georgia left the ITV bash, it seemed there could have been tension between the pair.

Georgia walked out of the party in front of Sam and he looked miserable as he trailed behind her.

It was a marked difference to the pictures of them arriving where they grinned and posed for pictures on the hot pink carpet.

Charlie and Ellie

Ellie Brown had the nation behind her when she appeared to be falling for Dr Alex, however, she decided quickly that they had no sexual chemistry.

When Alex headed off to Casa Amor, Ellie enjoyed her freedom to get to know socialite Charlie Brake and they made their relationship official on July 2.

Although things seemed to be going well enough for the two to move in together after the villa, friends of the couple have been having trouble keeping up with their rocky relationship.

On August 14, we reported how Charlie was seen "flirting with several girls" on a night out clubbing without Ellie. 

The couple also had another furious bust-up after he refused to say he loved her in front of their friends.

Then there was the fiery showdown after the Love Island reunion show where Charlie got "too drunk" during the live broadcast which left Ellie fuming.

Charlie retaliated by throwing Ellie's clothes out of the window after a row about him chatting up a girl on a plane.

On August 23, it emerged he had chucked her out of his house during another huge row and on September 25, the pair confirmed they were over.

Samira and Frankie

West End star Samira Mighty, 22, and business management student Frankie Foster, 22 were a late coupling.

For several weeks Samira had been in a platonic coupling with Dr Alex and then had a brief failed coupling with Sam.

When Frankie entered the villa late Samira's luck finally turned – but then he was voted off the show along with Grace Wardle.

Samira made the decision to leave the villa so she could be reunited with Frankie.

But on August 13, after just five weeks of dating, Samira dumped Frankie for cheating on her with another girl in a nightclub. 

Alexandra and Dr Alex

Alexandra Cane, 27, and Dr Alex George, 27, split up while still in the villa.

They reached the final five but viewers voted them out after Dr Alex dumped Alexandra at the final hurdle.

Alex was the second boy to enter the villa but he had a difficult start to his time on Love Island because no one picked him.

He had unsuccessful couplings with Samira, Ellie Brown, and eventually Grace Wardle. 

When Alexandra entered the villa it looked like his luck had turned – but his heart was never fully in the relationship.

Paul and Laura

Laura Anderson and Paul Knops didn't last long at all and split within a month of the show ending.

On September 11, just two months after leaving the villa, the Sun reported that the finalists had decided to split up.

A source close to the couple said: “Laura and Paul have been so busy since the show finished and both had holidays planned without each other – so they have ended up spending a lot of time apart.

“Paul went to Los Angeles for modelling work and onto Burning Man while Laura enjoyed some time back in Dubai lived before signing up to Love Island.

“They saw each other on Saturday night but only for a personal appearance and things weren’t the same between them so they have decided to cool off their romance.

“Neither of them will be ready to speak about their split in public just yet but they may well do later this week once it has sunk in.”

When was Love Island 2018 on ITV2?

Love Island series four kicked off on Monday, June 4, on ITV2.

The show aired at 9.00pm six nights a week – only taking a break on Saturdays – over eight weeks.

Caroline Flack presented Love Island since it returned to TV in 2015 and was joined once again by voice-over artist Iain Stirling.

The Love Island final aired on Monday, July 30.

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Death penalty US – which states have it and how many people have been executed in America?

On average, each convict will spend 15 years waiting to be executed — with almost a quarter dying of natural causes before they are given the lethal injection. Here's the details…

How many US states have the death penalty?

As many as 31 US states have the death penalty in the United States.

There have been almost 1,500 executions in America since 1976, with two in January 2018 taking the figure to 1,468.

It is believed Britain influenced America's use of the death penalty more than any other country, with the first recorded execution of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608.

The states that do not have the death penalty include: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia.

But for those who are found guilty in the states with the death penalty, they face waiting an average of 14 years and 8 months between sentencing and execution.

Which US states have the death penalty?

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

What could happen to two of the ISIS 'Beatles'?

The US wants to put Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh on trial for murdering two Brits and three Americans.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said in a letter to the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions he said he did not require any assurances on the death penalty should the men be found guilty.

The men are currently being held by the Syrian Democratic Forces and could be transferred to the US.

When was the death penalty abolished in the UK?

The last people to be sentenced to death in Britain were Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans – real name John Robson Walby – in 1964.

They had knifed a friend to death for money. The executions took place simultaneously at 8am on August 13.

Public anger about previous wrongful executions led to their suspension in 1965 and they were abolished in 1969.

Technically, the death penalty could still be imposed for offences including treason, violent piracy or certain military crimes until 1998, but no executions took place.

Former UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said in 2016 that he wanted a referendum on bringing back the death penalty.

What is the lethal injection?

All US states that have the death penalty use lethal injection as their primary method of execution, but protocols differ from state to state.

Some use one drug while others use a cocktail of two or three.

The three-drug protocol uses an anaesthetic or sedative, usually followed by pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride.

This paralyses the inmate and then stops their heart.

Florida convict Mark Asay was executed on August 24, 2017, with a mix using the anaesthetic etomidate for the first time.

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UK weather forecast – Pounding rain to batter country tonight before Storm Deirdre's 80mph gales spark power cuts, rail and road chaos

Winds will reach up to 80mph across some parts of the UK this weekend, sparking power cuts and road and rail chaos.

A Nordic blast will sweep in from Scandinavia after the "danger-to-life" vortex batters northern parts of Britain tomorrow.

The weather system has forced the Met Office to issue a yellow warning for wind from 5am until midnight on Friday.

According to the warning, a "deep depression" will move eastwards across northern Scotland tomorrow bringing "widespread gales".

The warning read: "Inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely, with gusts of 70-80 mph in exposed locations across northwest Scotland.

"Heavy rainfall may be an additional hazard across parts of northern and western Scotland."

Travellers have been told to prepare for longer than usual journeys as the weather is likely to cause delays to road, rail, air and ferry services.

They have also been warned about the possibility of flying debris, damage to buildings and large waves.

From early next week, temperatures are set to plummet towards freezing point as the cold air flow moves in from the chilly north east.

Forecasts show that still conditions and light winds will lead to icy frosts developing over the weekend — especially in the Midlands, south and east.

But more changeable weather will hit the North West — where showers could turn wintry on the back of the bitterly cold air moving in from the east.

While thick snow is not likely apart from hills and mountains, disruptive sleet could pummel lower parts.

A Met Office spokesperson warned: "Showers may affect the north and east on Sunday, whilst in the south and west there may be some more persistent rain for a time.

“During the rest of this period some prolonged drier, settled but cold spells are likely, with lighter winds, especially early next week.

“Any wet and windy weather is more likely to be confined to the north and west.

“This will bring overnight frosts and perhaps fog, especially for the south and east, but also a chance of some snow in the north and west and possibly wintry showers in the east.

“Some unsettled milder spells are likely, more especially from late next week onwards.”

Sara Thornton, director of digital weather company Weathertrending, told The Sun Online: "As the stormy weather clears away, colder air will sweep back in from the north at the weekend.

"Indeed next week sees an abrupt change to our early winter weather."

And a spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: “Average UK temperatures will drop slightly below normal early next week, due to a cold, Arctic flow, especially in eastern Britain.

“However, Atlantic air will not be far away, keeping temperatures milder in the west.

"Therefore, we are not expecting snow, except on hills and mountains above 400m elevation.”

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This deep wintry spell will come after a weather system that threatens to be Britain's fifth named storm of the year barrels towards the UK.

The Met Office has not officially named the wild weather "Storm Deirdre" yet – because its protocol is to wait for what is deemed "severe weather" to reaches mainland.

What's the weather got in store? Your five-day forecast

Thursday: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle today, with heavy bursts of rain in western Scotland, northwest England and northwest Wales at first. Turning drier and brighter in the northwest through the afternoon with a few showers. Mild and breezy.

Friday: Heavy rain clearing southeast to leave sunshine and blustery showers, but rain continuing in northwest Scotland. Very windy with gales in many areas and stormy in northwest Scotland.

Saturday: Showers or longer spells of rain on Saturday and windy in the south.

Sunday: Showers will clear on Sunday to leave mainly dry conditions with easing winds but turning colder.

Monday:  Generally settled, especially so in the west, whilst scattered showers are likely in the east where they could turn wintry at times.

Source: The Met Office


Sara Thornton from Weathertrending added: "Friday looks very windy.

"It wouldn't be surprising if the deep depression which sweeps across the north of the UK becomes a named storm.

"Scotland, Northern Ireland  and northern England currently look most prone to disruptive gales."

Storming along: Why are storms named, and who comes up with them?

If it has the potential to cause an amber “be prepared” or red “take action” warning, according to the criteria used by the National Severe Weather Warnings service, then it will be named.

The 2017-18 seasons saw ten storms named, from Aileen in September to Hector earlier this summer.

Last summer we also saw Ex-Hurrican Ophelia, named by the National Hurrican Center in the US.

Storms are named to raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.

Derrick Ryall, Head of Public Weather Services at the Met Office, said nameing storms prompts people "to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their property.”

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Peter Boizot dead – Pizza Express founder dies aged 89 at his home in Peterborough

The businessman passed away at his home in Peterborough yesterday, his sister Clementine Allen said.

The former Peterborough United owner had founded the pizza chain in 1965 after noticing a gap for authentic pizza in London.

The business quickly became popular, and today is the UK's largest casual dining operator with 460 restaurants worldwide.

Pizza Express managing director Zoe Bowley paid tribute to the pizza legend, saying: "In his 89 years, this remarkable entrepreneur achieved an astonishing amount, not just within the dining industry, but across music, sport, and charity as well.

"He launched a culinary revolution with the first PizzaExpress in 1965, introducing delicious pizza and casual dining to the UK, inspired by his travels in Italy."

She added: "His philanthropic work was renowned, raising £2million for the Venice in Peril fund and he inspired the company to continue this charitable mission.

"Peter's spirit and vision to bring great pizza to the UK and beyond, and his passion for good food and good times, will live on.

"We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time."

Mr Boizot received Restaurant magazine's R200 Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

He had previously shared photographs to celebrate his 86th birthday, including memories of meeting the Queen.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "On the occasion of my 86th birthday, it is great to look back at a life well lived."

He had previously released an autobiography, Mr Pizza and All That Jazz, that discussed his life and his decision to become vegetarian at the age of six.

And describing his love for pizza, he said: "Many have said that my love for pizza is infectious – perhaps that is the secret to my success. My family and friends rightly note that I can barely find my way around a kitchen, so I’m no culinary expert.

"But I know what I like, and I have ample bravado to think others will like it as well."

Mr Boizot was born in Peterborough in November 1929, attending St Mark's School before going to King's School and becoming head boy.

He then studied at St Catharine's College at Cambridge University, going on to spend ten years abroad.

Peterborough United club said: "The PizzaExpress founder was a major part of the success in the late 1990s/early 2000s when Posh secured promotion at Wembley in 2000.

"Everybody at the football club would like to express our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family at this very sad time."


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Elf on the Shelf ideas – the best ideas and places to hide your elf

Here are some of our favourite set ups for the cheeky little character…

What is Elf on the Shelf?

Elf on the Shelf is a toy which is sent by Father Christmas to watch over little children and make sure they're behaving properly over the festive period.

Parents are supposed to move the puppet around the house each day to create the illusion that he is popping up somewhere new and always reporting back to Santa.

Elf on the Shelf has it's own official website, where elves can be purchased from £29.95 including the accompanying book.

It's not exactly easy to think of a brand new set-up for the elf every single day, but luckily there's plenty of inspiration out there.

What are some of the best ideas?

Gone fishin' elf

Cooking elf

S'mores elves

Sprout angel elf

Science experiment elf

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Naughty elf

Hanging around

Chillin' with Egg Sheeran

Vape elf

Little helper

You can go as advanced or as simple as you like, it takes a whole load of creativity to think of so many set ups!

Whatever you decide to do with your elf – it will be sure to bring a load of joy to your children's lives.

Here is some more information on where you can grab the different elves, and some name and letter ideas.

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