Month: April 2012

Shabbos Specials: KFP – Madras Beef Curry

As many of you know, last week was the 3rd Annual Slumdog Pesach. I have written before about every single dish I made that night except for one – this one! And wouldn’t you know it? This was the the dish that went the fastest and got the most compliments. You’ll have to excuse the picture. I was planning on taking a pictures of the final product, but with the hustle and bustle of getting the party ready, I thought “eh, I will just have to blog about it some other time.” Little did I know this was the hit of the evening! The picture is taken from cookbook I got the recipe from. It’s a recipe book series called “Great Tastes” and is published by Bay Books. I bought this book for $3 about 2.5 years ago, and they were the initial inspiration for Slumdog Pesach in the first place. I have since tried to find other books in the series, but to no avail. Anywho, this recipe is super easy and delicious. Hope …

DIY Twinkle Light Lanterns Tutorial

Looking to make your twinkle lights a little more festive, perhaps for a summer party? DIY Wednesday to the rescue! I have a fun, easy, and inexpensive project that will instantly make any celebration more cheery. Welcome to my DIY Twinkle Light Lanterns Tutorial! WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Small clear disposable cups. All-purpose spray adhesive. Assorted colors of tissue paper. You will also need a sharp knife (or an exact-o knife) and some scissors. DIRECTIONS: With a sharp knife or an exact-o knife, make two cuts in the bottom of each cup creating an “X”. Cut your Tissue paper into 1″ strips that are able to reach around the cup. Spray each cup with the adhesive, and wrap the tissue paper around, cutting away the excess. This is what it should look like. Pop a twinkle light through the “X” shaped cuts you made and you’ve got a lantern. Easy as pie! Yay, festive… šŸ™‚

KFP Rabbi’s Wife Matzo Ball Soup!

I don’t often make traditional Jewish food, but people freaking love it when I do. Today’s post is dedicated to The Rabbi’s Wife who has an amazing recipe for Matzo Ball Soup. As a service to her, I am not going to give you step-by-step pictures as she has done a great job of the pictorial instruction on her site. Instead I’ll just post my end result and some of the changes I made. Please take a look at her blog. It’s awesome! These are some of the things I did different: 1. Unlike the Rabbi’s Wife’s Husband, I am not a purest and prefer more of a chicken soup approach to Matzo Ball Soup. I decided for the stock to just buy a whole chicken, and throw in all the parts of the chicken into the pot except the breasts. I boiled the breasts in a separate pot. Once the breasts were cooked I waited for them to cool, then cut them up into bite sizes. 2. I also cut up some carrots and …

Review: Slumdogs of Pesach Past

Today is the 3rd Annual Slumdog Pesach, and boy am I excited! I have been working on all my DIY projects for months, I was organized and got all the cooking done early, and for the first time I can just enjoy the party without being completely frantic beforehand! What’s even better is that this annual event has grown every year, and my apartment can only hold so many people, so this year I was able to sell tickets. Seriously, it’s a big step for me, but I don’t know how this event would have happened without the ever-ready willingness of my friends to chip in for their seats and some few very generous donors. I will recap everything of the festivities this week from preparation to cocktails to salad, to entrees, to dessert. Did I mention I’m excited? Yeah, I guess I did. As I am waxing sentimental I decided to share with you a few photos from past Slumdog Pesach celebrations. 2010 I remember thinking this table was soooo long. Heh, little did …

Shabbos Specials: KFP Parve Chocolate Torte

I usually post Shabbos Specials on Friday morning, but seeing as tomorrow night is the first night of Passover and you may still be scrambling for dessert ideas, I’ve decided to post something truly wonderful and timely today!  For the past few years I’ve made a flourless chocolate cake that is… ok. It tastes like one big thick brownie. I was in the mood for something different, and I haven’t tried to make a torte yet, so why the heck not? I’ll tell you the truth: as of late I have not been a big fan of chocolate. It’s just too rich for me. What happened? I used to freakin’ LOVE chocolate! Well, this torte, which is dairy-free and gluten-free btw, is chocolate, and it’s RICH chocolate, but darn it, it’s golly gee good chocolate. Being a baker has its disadvantages. I do have to taste test as I go along, and in order to keep the pounds down, I usually NEVER eat my cakes in their completed form. Even when I photograph my cakes, …

DIY Passover Plates

It’s DIY Wednesday! If you’re anything like me you’ve been cleaning, cleaning, cleaning for Passover then cooking, cooking, cooking. This is the 3rd year in a row I am putting on Slumdog Pesach, and I have to say – making the same recipes for the 3rd time does make a difference. I am so interested in learning how to make the next new thing, and often neglect improving my skills at the same dish over and over again. Anyway, I’ve got something really lovely today for the Passover observant / Financially Challenged crowd (a.k.a. me). If you are doing your best to make your home kosher for Passover, but just do not have the money/resources to have a separate set of Passover dishes, you know all too well the shiver that goes up my spine when I think of serving my guests on paper plates. Not necessary people – let’s class it up a bit, that is, class up some disposable plates! Here’s what you do. Get yourself some clear disposable plastic plates, some spray …

KFP Chicken Schnitzel Recipe

My first assignment as a flight attendant was to dead head to San Francisco, lay-over, work to Frankfurt Germany, lay-over, work back to San Francisco, lay-over, then finally dead head to home base Washington, D.C. There was a lot of information there for someone not familiar with the aviation industry, but for those who do know something about it, this first job was an absolute dream. Let me put it this way: I could have had to work 4 legs to Omaha. This trip to Germany was my first to mainland Europe (I had been to the British Isles), and it always seems to be exciting for veteran flight attendants to show newbies the ropes around a foreign country. The entire crew went to a restaurant the line-holders frequented often and I did my very best to translate the German menu for myself. For someone with dietary restrictions excluding pork, this was no small task. The other flight attendants had pity on me and tried to help by saying “this is pork, this is pork, …

Review: The Village Bakery and Cafe

Last week I told you about how Roman, Alaina, Matt and I took a little journey to the Old Zoo. We had decided to meet up for brunch beforehand, and being that we live on opposites sides of Griffith Park, I did a little google search for a brunch-y type place close to the park. After reading several reviews I landed on the Village Bakery and Cafe in Atwater Village. This place not only got great ratings, but they also had an outdoor space, so I could dine with my dogs. We drove to this really hip/trendy corner of Los Angeles where parents walk the neighborhood with their 2-year-olds who have haircuts that are cooler than mine, all the women seem to be tatted to the gils and put up their hair in cool scarves. The bakery was packed, and there was a long line for ordering your food. For a brunch-y type place I kind of prefer ordering at the counter and getting your number. No muss, no fuss. This is also strategic on …