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quickies (part 1)
Clearly I'll never find the time for separate entries about Purim, various shabboses, etc. Obviously I'm never going to find time for all the posts that need to be done. So here's a very long quickies post with summaries. How's that?
  • Purim was great. Lots of food. Lots of people. Lots of booze (not for me). Lots of hamentashen. Good company and all that. cellio wrote far more than I did about Purim. I met a few new people, got to enjoy some good food and all was well in the world.
    • Purim started with Breakfast at Chez Cohen which consisted of waffles (made with my new waffle stick maker). They were tasty. Also pancakes made from the basic pancake recipe from The Joy of Cooking. They were extremely tasty. This is comning from a chick who hates pancakes usually. For toppings we had maple syrup, fresh whipped cream, pureed strawberries and blueberries, and ligonberry syrup. Breakfast also featured fruit salad (provided generously by leahmiriam), sangria (made by yours truly), and mimosas, though I'm not sure anyone drank mimosas). Others took the initiative to make Irish coffee since there was liquor, coffee, and whipped cream in the house. Yum.
    • Lunch had, um, other stuff. But I didn't cook it so I'm having trouble remembering. I was also sleepy and therefore not there for very long. Same thing for Dinner...I had thrown out my back somehow so I took a muscle relaxant and went to sleep instead of going for shabbos dinner (back at chez Feld)

  • The next day (shabbos) was also quite nice. I almost went to shul, but had forgotten Julian's diaper bag when I walked cellio up to the shul and I realized as we were leaving the house that Julian already had a nice stinky diaper. I didn't want to leave him in that all morning. It was nice having cellio and her husband for Purim/Shabbos, though. It was fun watching Dani interact with Julian. Julian LOVED Dani. For lunch, we had fewer people than I'd thought we were having, which is fine. We had The Felds (Harold, beckyfeld, & Aaron), Becky's parents, Monica & Dani, and ourselves, of course. So we had to bring a second table down, but that was easy enough. I'm really bad with doing shabbos lunches, so I was glad it turned out so well. I made:
    • Broccoli-Cheddar Quiche,
    • Asparagus-Dill Quiche,
    • Tomato-Feta Tart,
    • Green Salad with Feta Cheese,
    • A Spanish Potato Omelet (Tortilla con Papas),
    • and fresh fruit salad.
    I'm probably missing something on that list, but anyway, it was tasty. And, happily, there was enough food for everyone. For dessert we had lots of yummy treats from the shaloch manos we'd received on Friday. It was an excellent dessert.

Well, now I'm realizing that this probably warrants its own post since this wasn't exactly quick. So I'm retitling this post "Quickies (part 1)" instead of just "quickies"

Posts to come should include : Banquet stuff, Shabbos food (Apr. 1-2), Charlie, my new hero, and um, other stuff.

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either_or From: either_or Date: April 4th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
your posts (the ones like this) always make me hungry!
either_or From: either_or Date: April 4th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
i am especially interesting in those pancakes. mmmm...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I remember I'll send you the recipe when I get home. The batter was rather thinner than usual pancakes, so it was sort of a cross between a Swedish Pancake and normal american pancakes. It was TASTY. (and sweet)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 5th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Hah! I remembered:

Basic Pancakes (Joy of Cooking, p. 795):
Prepare and preheat your girddle.
Whiksk together in a large bowl:
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Whisk together in another bowl:
1 1/2 cups milk
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (just make sure it's not TOO hot or it'll cook the eggs)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (supposedly optional, but I don't believe vanilla is EVER optional)

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently whisk them together, mixing just until combined. If you wish, fold in one or more of the following:
1/2 cup plum raisins or other finely diced soft dried fruit
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, toasted
1/2 cup thinly sliced ripe bananas
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup grated semisweet or milk chocolate.

Spoon 1/3 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake, nudging the batter into rounds. Cook until the top of each pancake is speckled with bubbles and some bubbles have popped open, then turn and cook until the underside is lightly browned. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree (F) oven while you finish cooking the rest. Serve with:
Pure maple syrup or honey
Pats of butter

Note: also yummy with fresh whipped cream, pureed strawberries, ligonberry syrup, whatever.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
wait 'til you hear about this past shabbos! It was yummericious.
kressel From: kressel Date: April 4th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

oh, the Felds!

I don't know them well, but my husband did introduce them to me at the two SF conventions we attended nine years ago. My husband's name is Mordechai; I imagine they remember him.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oh, the Felds!

see? I knew you must know the Felds. Everyone knows Harold, or so it seems.
magid From: magid Date: April 4th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oh, the Felds!

Data point: I know at least a couple of people who *don't* know Harold :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oh, the Felds!

Whew! I was seriously beginning to be freaked out by the fact that every time I mentioned "The Felds" or "Harold" someone new popped up saying, "OH! Say hi to Harold for me!"
kressel From: kressel Date: April 4th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, THAT Harold

But as I said, I don't know him or his wife very well.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, THAT Harold

Yes, but you've met him. That counts.
cellio From: cellio Date: April 4th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Shabbat lunch

There was also the exciting cheese. :-)

And yeah, I think Dani had fun with Julian too. Dani likes other people's kids; being able to give them back is an essential element. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Shabbat lunch

OH YES!!! The cheese!!!! And the mango chutney, humus, and smoked salmon.

It was interesting watching Dani with Julian. I had a hard time figuring out whether Dani was annoyed by Julian or enjoying teasing Julian. They interacted quite well and Julian just ADORED Dani, but I still wasn't quite sure if I should be watching in amusement or rescuing Dani. ;)

Also, sorry Julian was a screaming mess Shabbos afternoon...that's quite unusual, but I think tied to the teething.
magid From: magid Date: April 4th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Shabbat lunch

What kind of cheese?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Shabbat lunch

the new Kosher Cabot!!!! Hoooooooray! I hope it sticks around.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
the tomato feta tart is also basically a quiche. I'm not sure why the book doesn't call it a quiche.

But yes, both quiches are yummy. I love quiche because it's so easy to make and you can basically put anything in it.

The asparagus-dill had swiss cheese in it, though I usually use gouda (I was out of gouda, so swiss it was!). It was delish.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just pointing out that there were really three quiches.

And it's ridiculous that I know so many tomato-haters.

Oh well, more for me I suppose.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: April 4th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
You make *really* good sangria.
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