April 18th, 2008

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Pesach Cooking

Fish was cooked last night.

Stew is in oven (browned stew meat, chopped onions and potatoes, baby carrots, spices, large can of diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar - all in a covered roasting pan.)

2 dozen eggs now hard-cooked and cooling in freezer. Betzah in oven.

Chicken soup is on the stove. I nearly forgot the most important parts - the onions, parsnips and turnips. Those last give it just the right flavor. I'm using chicken bones, chicken wings and turkey wings. And, no. None of these are leftovers I saved from the year. Those would be chometz. These were bought for the purpose.

To be done: matzo balls, farfel kugel, meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Also, charorset, ground moror and salt water.

Update: Matzo balls ar cooking. Charoset, maror and salt water (okay, salt water *essence* so we can dilute it for the meals) are in the fridge (because unchilled salt water will go bad. Or something) are in the fridge. (And my little chopper, which basically makes charoset, is put away. Although I've realized I'll have to take it out again for the meatloaf.)

And my wonderful husband? Bought me a new knife. Because my Pesach fleshig knife was laser sharpened foil. I now have a new santoko - not top of the line, but not foil, either. Just glided through that horseradish.

Update:

Soup is finished. Stew is finished. Onions for kugel and mashed potatoes are cooking. Will separate out some onions and add mushrooms. That gets added to a mixture of matza farfel, pepper, salt and eggs, plus chicken broth. I have lots of chicken broth now.

Then I make the meatloaf and microwave and mash the potatoes (using a bit more chicken broth.) Vegs are a frozen mix.
Mama Deb

If spam were Pesadich, this would be that.

Menus:

Sh. Dinner: Meatloaf, mixed veg, mashed potatoes.

Sh. breakfast: wine, challah rolls, cheese, fruit, coffee (Wine for breakfast. YUM)

Sh. lunch: same as dinner

Third meal: chef's salad.

1st seder:
fish/salad
soup
beef stew
fruit salad

Breakfast: cottage cheese/yogurt/fruit

Lunch: matza dairy plate (cheese, butter, cream cheese, cinnamon sugar, jam)


2nd seder:
fish/salad
soup
chicken
roast vegetables
farfel kugel
fruit salad


Lunch: cheese omelets

Monday dinner: leftovers
Mama Deb

There.

I'm basically done. I need to put a plastic covering on my table. I need to make the coffee. I need to take a shower and butter my tummy and fix the lights. But that's all normal preShabbos stuff. Except for the tummy buttering, but I'm getting good at that.

I will cook the chickens during the second seder. All other necessary cooking is done or being done now.

this means I can pretty much relax until Yom Tov is over. Yay!

May those who celebrate have a chag kasher b'sameach, and may those who don't have a lovely weekend.