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Victory!

I did it! I finally made a good lokshen (noodle) kugel!

My first few came out so badly that I just gave up and bought them when I wanted them. I've found a couple of good brands, and there's one supermarket that makes its own, and those are really delicious.

But I couldn't find any today. Most people seem to prefer the sweet noodle kugels - made with raisins and cinnamon or with caramelized sugar and pepper (Yerushalmi kugels. Absolute salty-sweet-peppery heaven. I miss them.) I can't eat sugar and I like savory side dishes, so I prefer the "salt and pepper" kugels.

When I say my kugels came out badly, I mean that I always ended up with two layers - the top half would be dry and hard and the lower half would be oily. Awful.

Today, though, I put in four eggs - finally, enough eggs - and a good handful of matzo meal. And it's lovely. The very top is crunchy but below it I can see a normal looking kugel. It looks yummy. And I know there's plenty of pepper, too, which storebought lokshen kugels tend to not have.

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Holy cow. I've never yet managed to make a kugel that was anything less than seriously disgusting - more like dry noodles on top than anything a human would want to eat. So I am very much impressed. Really, I always thought you had to be a born kugel-maker (like my mother and her mother) to pull that one off.

So did I.

I can make a very nice potato kugel - I even handgrate them. And I can do a sweet potato one, and I have really good spinach one.

But lokshen? My favorite kind? Uh-uh.

So you can see why I'm dancing.

Our favorite house kugel is a curried potato one. (Like an ordinary potato kugel, only you add a few handfuls of raisins and a metric ton of curry powder.) They come out glorious and deep-yellow and spicy. It was yaoobruni's idea the first time we made one, and I was dubious, but now I have a hard time returning to the ordinary kind.

Shabbat shalom!

Oh, that sounds so yummy.

Huh. Huh. Huh.

Curried potato latkes. Served with apple chutney.

Well, I'm impressed. I've had the same inedible kugel results as everyone else. I just gave up.

Congrats on the kugel! What size noodles do you use? I've found I have better results when using the thin noodles, rather than medium or wide.