it is 5:30 p.m. in the holy city of zefat. I am taking a break to blog. the food is on the electric platter and all the salads are in the fridge. candle lighting is not until 7:30 p.m. it isn't often that I'm finished with the food preparations so early. I started at 6:00 a.m. I woke up and immediately washed the kitchen floor.
I thought I had to go to my grandson's end of year party at the gan at 9:00 a.m. I quickly prepared a package of chicken wings and bottoms with sweet chili sauce and threw them on the electric grill. I then made a pot of mashed potatoes and a small pot of cooked wheat. I wanted to make a mashed potato kugel with mushrooms because everyone here loves mushrooms. my Shabbat guest doesn't eat mushrooms but loves mashed potatoes so I left it at that. I made a raw beet salad and a raw carrot and peanut salad because the daughter-in-law loves them.
I've stopped cooking beets. I now bake them in tin foil. the taste is just the same and there's less of a clean up. I got tired of my counter being splattered in beet juice. I've also stopped hand grating the beets and carrots. that's right, I use a mini food processor. the texture is a bit strange but it's pretty fast. I even threw in the cabbage to make a slaw.
when I found out that I was not obligated to get dressed and leave the house, I made some more dishes. I made some St. peter's fish fillets and a couple of slices of tuna in a spicy Moroccan tomato sauce. I couldn't get cilantro so I used parsley. I then made a chicken stir fry because I didn't feel like making any more fried cutlets. I was completely schnitzeled out this week.
I didn't have any peppers for the stir fry because I used the last one in the fish sauce so I used a tiny hot pepper. I sautéed an onion and two carrots and ended up throwing in some canned mushrooms. I didn't want to use any more sweet chili sauce so I added a bit of tumeric, garlic, cumin, allspice and coriander and some tomato paste. it was very hot so I added some apple juice concentrate to give it some sweetness. I just didn't feel like running to the store to buy a teriyaki plum sauce.
I panicked as I reflected on the fact that my Shabbat guest would not eat the stir fry with the mushrooms. I was convinced that there wasn't enough chicken to go around so I pulled out a package of chicken drumsticks and cooked them in a spicy tomato sauce. I think I made too much food but I can always freeze the leftovers. I must say that I enjoy the leftovers. it's a luxury having good food in the fridge. I still have some leftover chili and I will serve some tonight. I need a nap desperately.
I have some fancy birthday cake leftover and a huge box of chocolate tofu ice cream bites for tonight's dessert. I also have a melon and a package of non dairy strawberry-chocolate -vanilla ice cream. we have a store bought cheese strudel and a chocolate yeast cake for the morning. who's better than us?