it is 10:00 p.m. in the holy city of safed. one of the grandkids is fast asleep and the boy is watching television. the parents are out getting groceries for pesach. the daughter-in-law had to work last night until 1:00 a.m. and had to clean the house after work today. I kept the kids here. I made two rounds of French fries. I did all my cooking during the day and did some elements of the seder. I made a pretty tasty charoset with apples, pears, almonds, walnuts and fresh ginger . I don't use cinnamon on pesach. last year I bought filberts and it was the worst charoset I ever made. perhaps the nuts were rancid.
I made my moussaka and it came out pretty tasty. the chop meat turned out to be hamburgers but I sautéed them into little pieces with fresh ginger. I made a tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes and onions and red wine. I topped it with mashed potatoes and beaten eggs. it looks good and cuts nicely into serving pieces. I made my usual beef in sweet red wine and I made honey orange ginger chicken bottoms. I was going to make a kugel but I ended up going with mashed potatoes.
I had some tomato sauce left over so I made poached eggs in the sauce. we call it shakshuka here. I had some French fries, as well. I made poached pears in sweet red wine and ginger. I even made banana pancakes. tomorrow, I will make the fresh salads. it was a pleasure being able to cook today. it is the first time in my life that I finished pesach cleaning early. I am usually scrambling to wash the floors at midnight. I was able to do the traditional search for chometz at 8:00 p.m. I wrapped 10 small pieces of pita into little baggies. the pincher dog ate one of them so I had to let them out until we finished the search..
I stayed up to 4:00 a.m. watching season 7 of 'the good wife'. I didn't think I would be able to function this morning but I was fine. I washed down the kitchen counters with a rag and bleach and covered them with tin foil. I had exactly enough to finish. I did have to take a large piece off of the oven but I covered it with a disposable table cloth. I took out my mini food processor, my hand mixer, and an electric juicer I found in the closet. I let the kids shell almonds and walnuts this afternoon. it kept them busy for a bit. I also let them juice some lemons and made a pitcher of lemonade for tomorrow night. my grandson and I just made some olive oil mayonnaise. it is a bit strong so he suggested adding a bit of sugar and a pinch of chopped onion. he was right on the money. it isn't exactly thick like mayonnaise but it is like a dressing.
I made the chopped beets. I boiled the eggs in tea because a I read online that it gives them the look of roasted eggs. it turned the eggshells brown but the eggs were still white inside. I want to make avocado and hard cooked eggs tomorrow. I also want to slice up some kohlrabi. I will make an Israeli salad too. I peel all of my veggies on pesach. so I had to peel the eggplant, beets, tomatoes, carrots and onions before I cooked. it's a lot of prep work.
tomorrow, I will burn the leftover pita downstairs. I found a slice of bread in front of my house. I will throw it down the sewer drain. it will take forever to burn it. I roasted/burnt two chicken necks over the gas stove. it took forever. I still need to make the salt water and to grind the horseradish. the romaine lettuce is already washed and draining in a colander. I need to set the table and take out the matzah. I had a large ant infestation the last two days. they are coming out of my electric outlet over my kitchen cabinet. what a drag! looks like the kids will stay here tonight.
happy pesach to everyone!