Me: It’s getting to be that time of year when I need to start making the challah on Thursday.
Eric: Except, now, Shabbat begins on Wednesday, so…
Still behind. *Sigh*
We don’t do large roasts often, but this is one that just about everyone likes. It’s a recipe I modified from an old Bon Appetit recipe; The chiles add lots of good flavor rather than heat, so don’t worry about spice… But you can always add more, if you like. The recipe as written yields a lot of liquid, so you could conceivably braise up to a 4 pound brisket. If you have a brisket 5 pounds or more, double the recipe and cut the brisket in half.
My quest to use up pantry items has led to this, an almond filled challah. next time, I’ll make it later on in the day, so I don’t have to wait so long to try it! As always, of you have any questions, or would like for me to explain anything in this or any other recipe further, please don’t hesitate to ask! Recipe: Continue reading
Poor Max is home sick from school today. Poor Astrid is unable to sleep because of a milestone explosion. Poor mommy has to somehow get shabbat dinner ready AND make sure everybody’s laundry is done…
Whoever says miracles don’t happen has never watched a Jewish mama get ready for sabbath!
Here is my first attempt at a Brazilian bread, which appears to be some evolution of a Portuguese sweet bread. I am NOT certain the correct way to shake the sort of bread, although some say that the shape is supposed to look like an armadillo. There are a couple of different interpretations of this, but the second one I tried failed miserably! LOL
When I try this again, I think I will slightly increase the liquid to create a softer dough, as this dough, as it is, is a little bit under hydrated to get a good rise. This is my basic recipe, based on what I gleaned from reading what must have been 50 of them! Continue reading
It’s an all-Brazilian Shabbat today! I’ve never been to Brazil. I don’t believe I’ve ever tried Brazilian food (not that I don’t want to…kosher issues, you know). So, it will be interesting, to say the least. But, all my experience as a make shift gastronomist has taught me nothing if not this: Sure, try it! What’s the worst thing could happen? Ahem. I could expand on that, but I won’t today.
I’m starting with some bread…Pão Sovado, named as such because it looks like an armadillo. we shall see about that (updates in about an hour or so)!
Now, to think of side dishes.
Do I need to start waxing, too?
Slightly sweet with a little heat, this flavorful recipe works great in a slow cooker. I was inspired from a recipe I saw on a chile package, except the recipe, as written, would not have worked. I added a few things and changed some things around, and here we are today. There are a number of kosher certified tequilas on the market. Depending which tradition you follow, there could be a pretty large selection. My suggestion is to use a reposado, since it’s much smoother and more flavorful. Read on for the recipe. Enjoy! Continue reading
I tried this recipe from Recipe Tin Eats for dinner tonight, and the smell is fantastic! The marinade for the chicken is very similar to my Halal Cart Chicken recipe, which I also love, but I really liked the idea of cooking everything in one pot. Plus, I love chickpeas. I added some allspice to the marinade and a little olive oil, since my chicken thighs were skinless and boneless, but all in all, I followed the preparation to the letter, and despite what seems like too little water, the rice seems perfect. Next time, I might be tempted to add a little turmeric or saffron to the rice for the full halal cart experience, but for now, this seems alright to me.
The light switches have been replaced, and everything is working! This Wink Hub is really cool; I can even turn things off and on with the “Okay Google…” voice prompt, and not have to touch anything at all. There are so many possibilities; I can finally extinguish lights in girls child’s room at bed time!
Today, I received my new Wink Hub, and Cree LED lightbulbs, which promise to automate all my lights while saving me money (the bulbs put out the brightness of a 60watt incandescent bulb while only using 12 watts of power). Pretty cool, right? The setup is actually pretty easy and intuitive, in theory. At least, is impressed by it. But then, the misadventures began…
So far, I have one broken socket, one set of lights refusing to respond to signals, and another two sets that either go into “light show,” mode, or turn off completely at seemingly random times. This is remedied by turning off and on one very specific light bulb, which, thankfully, I can do either from my phone or tablet.
I’m pretty sure the problem lies in the Z Wave switches we have installed that don’t quite work anymore. I’ll report back when I swap them out with regular switches. A comedy of errors, this whole remodeling thing! LOL