Mama Deb (mamadeb) wrote,
Mama Deb

Cooking farr

We have an overnight guest plus two more friends coming to dinner. That means dinner for five plus Shabbos lunch for three. And one does want to do special things for guests, no?

For tonight:
Salsa gefilte fish

Garlic-basil chicken
Spinach kugel
Rosemary potatoes

Mocha seven layer cake

For tomorrow:
Salsa gefilte fish

Shepherd's pie
Marinated asparagus

Fruit salad

First step: gefilte fish. This was my major use of convenience foods: I put two frozen loaves in loaf pans and covered them with hot salsa. Baked them for 90 minutes at 325.

The next two dishes were multitasked. While I soaked off the sand from the basil, I chopped and saute'd red onions in olive oil, and added black pepper and a touch of allspice. Then I added baby spinach from bags - two bags and cooked it down. Once cooked, I let it cool.

Then I pulverized a couple of cloves of garlic with the basil (I love my handblender) and some olive oil, placed two cut-up chickens in a roasting pan, over some bay leaves and basil stems, and stuffed a tablespoon or so of the pesto under the skin of each piece, except the wings. I spritzed the whole thing with cooking spray and put it into the oven.

The spinach having cooled, I mixed in matzo meal and eggs and a handful of shelled pistachios. I poured that into a loaf pan and put it in the oven.

Then I washed the saute pan and started all over again - one spanish onion and one red pepper in light oil, with black pepper. Meanwhile, I micowaved a bunch of cut up white potatoes. Then I added 1.5 pounds of ground beef to the veggie mixture and browned it. When it was cooked, I put it in a strainer to lose the fat. By this time the potatoes had cooked, so I took them out and mashed them with salt, pepper and some hot water. I put a layer of the potatoes on the bottom of a casserole, added the meat mixture and topped it with more potatoes. This is now cooling.

The kugel was finished by then, so it is cooling. The cooled gefilte fish loaves are in the fridge.

Then I cleaned two bunches of asparagus and microwaved them for three minutes. I added one half red onion, minced, two cloves of minced garlic, parsley, cajun spice (a mistake, but it'll be fine), extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and tossed that around. It's sitting in the fridge, marinating.

I just pulled the chicken out of the oven. My house smells heavenly.

The only thing that's left to do is to cut up the potatoes for the rosemary potatoes, sprinkle them with rosemary and pepper and spray with olive oil, and bake them. That'll wait until 4PM.

The fruit salad is store bought, as are the baked goods. Done.
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