Happy Rosh Hashanna everyone!
Cooking was a bit crazy tonight. I’d been asked to make the lunch for tomorrow, since it was easier to get catered food for tonight. But because of the holiday and such, I unfortunately did not have my lovely assistants. So I ended up multi-tasking less and spending a lot longer in the kitchen. And I sliced my finger while cutting and juicing limes (luckily on the “meat” side of the kitchen…lol. Of course I immediately got myself cleaned up).
Because the meal needed to be parve and easy to serve cold, I opted for a Thai-inspired theme: Sweet Peanut Noodles, Savory Veggie Stir Fry, Lime Pepper Tofu, and some lightweight Raspberry Puff Tarts for dessert. Hopefully it will be good!
It was the first Shabbat of the year. The fact that I’m a senior (writing a thesis no less), has yet to sink in. I was also reminded of my incapacity to make cookies without them sticking to the pan. That, added to the fact both ovens had problems, made for a lot of scrambling and last-minute improv.
But such is life.
The menu for tonight:
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Chicken Skewers with Savory Dipping Sauce
Chewy Lemon Cookies (While these are parve, and tasty, I had difficulties with them. Lesson learned: use the smoothest cooking sheet possible, with a good oven and lots of cooking spray)
After neglecting this for a while (due to an overload of schoolwork), I owe people some serious recipe documentation.
Now that the school year is wrapped up, I got to spend a nice few days with some of my graduating friends. It was lovely– good company, good weather, and of course good food. Although other people contributed goodies, I’m only documenting the recipes which I wrote and made.
On the first night, we had burgers, with roasted mushroom skewers for the vegetarians, and Mexican hot chocolate brownies for dessert . The following morning, Michael and I made cinnamon french toast. That night, we had yakisoba with eggrolls and cucumber salad. The last night, we had japanese curry, and a variety of cheesecakes for dessert.
Yes, I’m late posting this. During the week, I had a bunch of things due at crazy times, printer trouble, meetings, you name it. On top of that, I’ve had some health issues (luckily for Team Awesome and the Hillel folks, it’s not catching).
Partly because of that, and partly because I had a late Physics lab, I planned a super-easy comfort food meal: mac-and-cheese, with steamed green beans, salad, and raspberry glazed brownies for dessert.
As usual, Team Awesome was awesome. I, however, am the idiot who managed to give myself a rather deep burn on my left knuckle while removing said mac-and-cheese from the oven. The moral of that story is to wear oven mits when you try this at home.
Since I’ve been on break, I going to post a previous successful meal plan, which I refer to as “breakfast for dinner”. The meal consisted of hash browns, scrambled eggs (with spinach and mushrooms), fruit salad, pancakes (with clove glaze instead of syrup), and jelly doughnut cupcakes.
The most difficult thing about doing this meal is that everything is prep-intensive, but quick to cook and is served hot. The best plan is prep heavily beforehand– slice mushrooms, shred potatoes, mix batter, etc. as the batter and other ingredients can even chill for an extended period of time. When I made this, I made the mistake of cooking as I went. This wasn’t a big problem– I was able to keep the hash browns and pancakes warm in the oven– but it’s a lot smoother to have everything ready and then have a cooking frenzy.