Month: March 2010

My Passover Kitchen

Before: After: And After: My freezer; meat, fruit, and ice:My refrigerator; parve on top, meat on the left, dairy on the right, and many many vegetables on the bottom: My pantry: My brand new breadbox: With potatoes!: Essential Passover thingies: Chag Sameach!

Phase 3 – Maintenance

I am finished with my diet. Woot! Now I am on maintenance (can now have dairy and eggs and nuts, and other delicious fats, oh my!), and decided to make a previous staple that is so near and dear to my lifestyle: Scrambled Eggs a la Julia Child. For six weeks I’ve been allowed to have nothing for breakfast except half a grapefruit and coffee. This way of thinking is anathema to me! I am a breakfast eater! I am a breakfast lover! I am a breakfast connoisseur! And now, my tummy hurts. 🙁 But damn, it was good! pad of butter(melt in pan over low heat) 2 eggs1 tsp. milksalt and pepper to taste(beat for 30 seconds in bowl, then pour in pan) Once it congeals, start stirring rapidly. Remove from heat, add 1 Tbs. heaving whipping cream and Pecorino Romano cheese to taste. Voila! For lunch, Almond Satay Chicken and broccoli… leftovers from the tester sample I made for this FABULOUS Passover party I’m having next week. You’ll learn all about it with …

STILL need to get rid of Chametz? Try Burek!

I have awesome neighbors. Serbian husband, American wife. They love this Serbian pub dish called Burek. Now, I had never heard, seen, smelled, or tasted such a dish, but they were convinced I could make it to Serbian standards. This made me nervous, but what the heck, I’ll try my hand at it anyway. Ingredients:2 Cups all-purpose flour1 Teas. salt1 Cup water2 sticks of melted butter1 Cup of oil1/2 C of sharp feta1/2 C of sweet farmer’s cheese (or cottage cheese)1/2 C of tangy farmer’s cheese1 egg white Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Sift the flour and the salt into a bowl. Add water little by little until you have a pliable dough. Divide the dough into five even sections. Flatten each dough section with your hand to produce circles approx 4 inches in diameter. Fill another larger bowl with the melted butter and oil. Soak the flattened sections for thirty minutes in the butter and oil mixture. Combine the 3 cheeses together very well. For this recipe we used Israeli feta, farmer’s …

A Taste of the East this Pesach!

I love Pesach food. LOVE. IT. Gefilte fish, give me lots. Horseradish, yummers! Here’s the thing, I love love love Indian food, and I just bought a bunch of British cookbooks with the most amazing Indian recipes AND my new challenge: make it kosher for Pesach! OH YEAH!!! BEEF KOFTA IN SPICY TOMATO SAUCE Ingredients:3T oil2 large onions, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, finely chopped1.5T garam masala (or sub curry powder with paprika)0.5t chilli powder14 oz can of chopped stewed tomatoes1T tomato paste2 cups beef stock (or chicken stock for less fat)9.5 oz can of full fat coconut milk1 lb ground beef1 handful of mint1 handful of cilantro1 egg, beatenjuice of 1 lime Directions: Heat oil in large frying pan. Cook onion for 5 min then add garlic, garam masala, and chilli powder. Cook, stirring for 2-3 min. Remove 1/2 the onion mixture and set aside in large bowl to cool. In the remaining heated onion mixture add chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, stirring. Simmer for 5 min, then add stock and coconut milk. Bring to …

Villa Firenze

A couple weeks ago my neighbor came to me raving about this warehouse called Villa Firenze. They had opened a store in Studio City on Ventura Blvd for a brief period of time just to get the word out about who they are and what they are about. Villa Firenze is a discount wholesale textiles warehouses that specializes in luxury fabrics… esp. with things like window dressings, pillows, and duvets. The selection and price were awesome. The service? Well, let’s just say I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman… “Big mistake, big… HUGE!” First, no one approached me at all. I was on my own to figure out what was up with the store. Then one of the ladies asked me if I was looking for something specific after about 10 minutes. I told her that I was in the market for some short curtains for my kitchen. Then told her the specific color I wanted. She could only provide curtains in that color for something outrageous like $50 a panel. Once I told …

An Anti-Pesach Chocolate Cake

So, like many in my situation, I’ve been searching for ways to release my cupboards of chametz while not eating any chametz. Quite the challenge, believe me. I decided to make a cake for my 10-12 year olds in Hebrew school as a surprise (shhhh! don’t tell anyone). Found this recipe from Country Living… AMAZING. I just took a teeny, tiny bite. Make your mouth water, make your heart stop good. Here it goes: Ingredients 1 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour 2 cup(s) granulated sugar 1/4 Cup and 2 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar 3/4 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) unsweetened cocoa 1 teaspoon(s) salt 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda 1/2 cup(s) canola oil 1 cup(s) milk 2 large eggs 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract 2 tablespoon(s) anisette liqueur 1 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream, cold 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) confectioners’ sugar 1/3 cup(s) mini chocolate chips Directions Cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottoms of two 9-inch round cake pans and fit with two circles of parchment paper. Butter the paper …

PARVE PESACH SUGARLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE!!! What?

Adj. 1. parve – containing no meat or milk (or their derivatives) and thus eatable with both meat and dairy dishes according to the dietary laws of Judaism; “pareve margarine”; “parvebread” Pesach, Pesach, Pesach. I am so not prepared. I have been so crazy about sticking to my HCG diet, I forgot about Passover along the way. It’s not a problem really, because I will start Phase 3 (Maintenance) about 4 days before the big holiday. My only concern: we are COMMANDED to eat Matzo everyday for 8 days. I guess a bite or two wouldn’t hurt. Ugh. Anyway, I was invited over to a friend’s house for the 1st night. What to bring??? That G-d this particular host is diabetic, so I won’t offend by bringing something over that’s sugarless. Made my tester last night. Completely kosher for Passover, flourless, no kitniyot, sugarless, and parve. I know this seems like a marvel that must have been made in a laboratory, but no… made in my kitchen with all-natural ingredients. Here’s the recipe! Ingredients: 12 …

From Green to White

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I have 3 jobs. Yes, THREE (3) jobs. I work as a paralegal, Hebrew teacher, and as of late, rental agent. Apparently I’m pretty good at finding tenants for my landlord to fill up his empty apartment units. We’ve struck a deal that when I rent out a unit, I get half off my rent for the month. Not bad right? Well, this month there are two available units. It’s great because they are both in my building and my building is this amazing mid-century, spacious paradise. Ok, maybe I’m over-exaggerating, but I do like it a lot! My enthusiasm is contagious, so renting out these units *hopefully* won’t take long. What am I going to do with the green once I’ve earned it? Currently, I’m eating off of a card table, sewing off of a dining table, serving off of a yard sale mis-matched sideboard, and setting my alarm on a stained tv stand. Here’s the new plan, all from Ikea: White pedestal dining table, $249.00 White …

Georgia on My Mind

I used to live in Georgia. There are a lot of things I miss about Georgia, and there are other things I don’t like about Georgia. That aside, Georgia has followed me everywhere I went for the past 2 years. How do I mean? Well, I wasn’t able to get my car officially registered with a California tag until last month… and I’ve lived here since May, 2008! I think the folks at the DMV had a crush on me and kept wanting me to come back. Really, that’s the only explanation considering I have been to the DMV at least once a month for the past six months. When I finally did get my tag, I was lucky enough to be able to keep my GA license plate!!! It will be immortalized in my kitchen. 🙂 First I had a shadow box from a foregone project of month’s past, some left over bleached muslin in strips, and some spray adhesive. It started like this: Perfect spot in my kitchen, which previously held some art …

A GREAT Turkey Recipe for the End of the Week!

I got this recipe from Good Housekeeping, modified the milk part, and it was a HUGE hit at a Chanukah party I attended last year. Rave reviews. If you were at my synagogue’s Volunteer’s Chanukah party, maybe you remember it. 😉 CURRIED SWEET POTATO SHEPHERD’S PIE INGREDIENTS: 5 medium (12-ounce) sweet potatoes 2 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil 2 pound(s) ground turkey or chicken 2 teaspoon(s) salt 1/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon(s) curry powder 1 can(s) (14- to 14 1/2-ounce) chicken broth 1 1/2 pound(s) carrots, peeled and chopped 1 1/2 pound(s) parsnips, peeled and chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tablespoon(s) grated peeled fresh ginger 1 package(s) (10-ounce) frozen peas 1 cup(s) soy milk warmed 2 tablespoon(s) margarine DIRECTIONS:Pierce potatoes all over with fork. Cook in microwave on High 15 to 17 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with fork, turning potatoes over once; set aside. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil on medium-high until hot. Add turkey (or in my recipe 1/2 ground turkey, 1/2 ground chicken); sprinkle with 1/2 …