chanaleh: (breathe)
I owe a significant update about the past week, but right now I am baking for tomorrow night's seder, and since I had to go looking for this yet again, here is my go-to recipe:

Almond Torte )

Also, I plan to make the brisket recipe that [personal profile] gnomi posted last month, to wit:
Put brisket in pan, fat side up. Slather it with chopped garlic and sliced onions (I do the onions in rounds). Bake it uncovered at 350 for an hour. After that hour, put in potatoes, carrots, and up to a cup of water (depending on how much brisket sauce you like). Cover it tightly in aluminum foil and bake for an additional two hours. (You can turn the oven down to 300 for the last two hours of cooking, but it's not necessary.) Remove from oven, slice, and eat.

Second night, we are going to the community seder at the Reform temple (Beth El) that is right near our regular congregation. So hopefully that will be fun.

Chag sameach, everyone.
chanaleh: Muffin the Vampire Baker: "It's him, Muffin! You have to protect him at all costs!" "I'M ON IT!" (i'm on it!)
Here is how you make zucchini and/or summer squash worth eating:
Cook it to death with a ton of garlic. NOM. )

Serves 3, but 2 can easily manage it with second helpings (which you'll want. I took my first bite and said "Yeah, I would make this again... TOMORROW").

In other news, I've sort of been experimenting with the low-carb thing for the past week. Nothing much to report as yet, but it's an interesting exercise in mindfulness if nothing else. More on that anon.
chanaleh: (crow's nest)
[livejournal.com profile] sanpaku called me out recently for undermining my fiercely professed LiveJournal loyalty by actually doing most of my day-to-day posting on Facebook. He's right, and thus I am thinking that for the month of June I should make another attempt at doing a short post every day, thereby lowering the psychological bar. So here's one.

I am inordinately pleased that Men In Black 3 features Josh Brolin as young Tommy Lee Jones, because I decided years ago that I wanted to cast them in a father-son pairing, and this, if not the same idea, at least leverages the same resemblance. See this photo from the 1980s (link now fixed to copy uploaded locally, but original was from here) for evidence.

I kind of want to see it, in any case. I also still kind of want to see The Hunger Games. And Pina is still playing (in 3D?!?) at the IFC in the West Village. But the truth is, I/we almost never see any movies at all -- The Avengers being a recent (stellar) exception. #geekhotness We can't even manage to watch a movie *at home*... although we did finally sit down and watch the first episode of Slings & Arrows a few weeks ago.

Things are actually sort of settling down, though, despite the busy month ahead.

On Friday I finally managed to host a Shabbat dinner, and even though it was not officially decided until the very last minute (like Friday morning), we had 6 people and it was wonderful. I did all the cooking and [livejournal.com profile] justom graciously did almost all the washing-up. *smile*
food notes )

... And maybe that's enough for today. D&D at our house this afternoon, and [livejournal.com profile] hahathor is coming up this evening to see our place and go out to dinner in beautiful scenic South Harlem, for which I am very excited!

Apple Clafoutis

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 10:42 am
chanaleh: (leaves)
Hooray, I found the recipe I wanted to make for Rosh Hashanah dessert for the two dinner invitations I have tonight and tomorrow! It used to be posted on my fridge and I wasn't sure where I had packed it, but I discovered it tucked away right where it should be, in the file box, in the folder labeled Recipes. Doesn't tell me where I packed the rest of the fridge magnets and such, but I'll gladly take this for now.

Apple Clafoutis )

Also, h/t to [livejournal.com profile] msmidge: At some point soon, I am definitely making the No-Knead Master Challah Dough from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, whether or not I use it to make SteamyKitchen's No-Knead Nutella and Roasted Hazelnut Challah variation. Wow.

It's been a busy/fascinating several days and I would love to write a longer entry, so maybe this afternoon while things are in the oven for an hour. OH, and I have to post the design of my RH postcard, as promised, so I'll try to do that, at least. :-) B'li shevua, as the yeshiva bochur says.

I would also like to write a minute-by-minute commentary on The Fountainheads' "Dip Your Apple", which is this Rosh Hashanah's viral equivalent to the Maccabeats' "Spin the Dreidel", but I'll content myself for now with posting the link and noting that (a) I foresee a sudden fad for white fedoras this HH season, (b) damn but those Israeli girls have luminous complexions, and (c) the Angry Birds moment is priceless. It's a very happy, uplifting, and visually pleasing 3 minutes. Go watch it if you get a chance.
chanaleh: (NOM)
Adapted from this recipe. Even the yeshiva bochur, who dislikes eggplant, thought this smelled awesome enough to try a bowl of it.

Chickpea-Eggplant-Feta Stuff )

Serve warm in pita sandwiches or other bread forms, or spread on crackers, or just NOM with a spoon. I haven't had this cold yet, but we're hoping it's good that way too.
chanaleh: (NOM)
[OMG, I can post! Stupid Russian DDoS attacks.]

I invented this a few weeks ago as a use for the greens from the carrots that my favorite foodie had picked up at the farmers' market -- it seemed a shame to throw them out. Carrot greens, as it turns out, have a fairly strong peppery taste and are better used as a flavoring herb than as a vegetable in their own right (think parsley rather than kale); in fact, they also contain alkaloids to which some people have a contact allergy, so if they're new to you, you might want to do a patch test before eating them, in all seriousness. But assuming your system will tolerate them, they're considered perfectly edible.

Lentil Salad with Carrot Greens )

More actual entries (and comments) later, hooray.

Food things

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 11:06 pm
chanaleh: (sleeping)
I am home from The Margaret Ghost! Today we closed our triumphant four-show run, successfully deconstructed and stowed all the set and props, and were safely ensconced at [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis' place eating Chinese food by 8:30pm. Go us.

So, on that note, have some anecdotes about food.

NYT on hyper-palatability and the processed foods industry:
How the Food Makers Captured Our Brains

Before Friday night's show, I wanted to go to Stone Hearth Pizza in Belmont Center, so that's what I did ([livejournal.com profile] trowa_barton and [livejournal.com profile] hotpoint were kind enough to join me). And OMG salad greens to die for. ) I might end up frequenting their Porter Square location rather more often than I would have anticipated. NOM.

And, since I had bought cucumbers well over a week ago that were spoiling in my fridge, between yesterday and this morning I finally made tzatziki. ) The destined use for this in my house is in a wrap with avocado, hummus, and possibly some arugula if I still have it. OM. NOM.

... Okay, bed now.

The Simple Dollar

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 10:54 pm
chanaleh: (reading)
After getting dismissed early from rehearsal tonight, I made a grocery run to Trader Joe's, then took a rare detour over to Whole Foods. As a result -- even though it meant I didn't get home until 10pm -- rather than a slice of crappy takeout pizza, I am dining on fresh asparagus and caprese salad (using the basil I'm growing myself, on my porch). Aw yeah.

So, here's what I wanted to write about today:

I started reading The Simple Dollar ([livejournal.com profile] thesimpledollar) some months back, I think maybe via a citation from [livejournal.com profile] tapuz? Its main focus is partly frugality/simplicity and partly personal finance (i.e. fiscal responsibility), most of which boils down to Spend Less Than You Earn, No Really, over and over again. However, it's also got strong themes of personal productivity (he's a GTD disciple), writing as a practice, sensible childrearing, and general mindfulness. All of these elements seem worth keeping on my front burner, especially as I've been doing a lot of thoughtful money moving, planning, and budgeting myself since last September. I don't find all of his entries useful, but there are certainly enough tidbits of interest to make it worth skimming through the daily feed.

Here's a handful of entries I found memorable. (I was going to say "recent entries", but looking on the datestamps on them, I am reminded that one of his tricks is to post weekly "time machine" recaps of the best entries from one, two, three years ago that week. Clever? Thrifty!)

Eight personal-finance and -productivity books worth owning and regularly rereading:
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/05/20/the-essential-bookshelf-the-only-eight-books-ive-kept-after-hundreds-of-reviews/

Five reasons that having a child isn’t as insanely expensive as you might think (relative, at least, to spendthrift single life!):
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/10/18/five-reasons-why-having-a-child-isnt-as-expensive-as-you-might-think/

Make Your Own Cream-Of-____ Soup (really a no-brainer, but between having a kosher kitchen, and reviling all the additives and preservatives [and sodium!] in commercial canned soup, this is kind of a brilliant reminder):
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2009/04/24/five-frugal-food-tactics-from-trents-kitchen/

Other useful links he's posted recently:
MissingMoney is a clearinghouse search site for all states with databases of unclaimed property. (It feels a little sketchy, but apparently it's entirely legit. You can also go straight to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators site to do additional searching by state.)
The Cheapest Fruits and Vegetables Month-By-Month (on About.com)
Thinking Small without Guilt: Setting Your Minimum Goal Standards: "Rather than aiming for some maximum level of perfection, think small instead. Decide on a minimum standard which you'll have no excuses for not achieving."

And with that, perhaps to bed.
chanaleh: (mandala)
(Hey, look who got out of rehearsal a few minutes early tonight??)

... While Passover is long over by now, I keep meaning to post the recipe for the cake I tried making this year. I sort of think the one I made a few years back (for which I couldn't locate the recipe this year) was better, or at least bore more resemblance to my grandmother's torte (which on reflection I think was actually walnut, not almond; much more Old World and less Mediterranean). But on the whole it was pretty good. I doubled it to take to dinner on both Saturday and Sunday nights, and it was eminently respectable even among the goyim. :-}

Passover Banana Citrus Almond Torte )

Note that I also glazed it with an improvised chocolate-cachaça glaze, which definitely bought it some style points.
chanaleh: (NOM)
So, I have this fleishig crockpot. :-)

Which is to say: [livejournal.com profile] muffyjo was brainstorming last week about recipes and food planning, which reminded me that I am overdue in posting some of the awesome things I've done with this useful little (5.5qt? something over a gallon) appliance. So here are three.


DUCK IN SLOW COOKER
Adapted from http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1626,151178-245202,00.html
I made this for Gilly's birthday luau )

CROCKPOT LAMB STEW
Adapted from http://southernfood.about.com/od/lambstewrecipes/r/bl115c11.htm
I made this for Joel & Renee's sheva brachot )

REVITHIA STO FOURNO (OVEN-COOKED CHICKPEAS)
A.k.a. Magic Chickpeas, a.k.a. Six-Hour Chickpeas. And totally worth that amount of planning ahead.
Adapted from http://graphics.boston.com/globe/magazine/2-4/food.shtml
I made this in the crockpot for potluck Shabbat dinner at Arisia '09, but it really didn't come out as good as it does in the oven. Which means I need a larger casserole dish so I can make double batches. I also made it for Eric & Johanna's wedding potluck. )

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