St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and I wanted to make something different to celebrate the holiday. I always make corned beef and cabbage so that was out. Then I remembered the Irish Pub hubby and I went to while we were in Maine. We ended up in a conversation with another couple and I remember the husband saying that he was happy with a dish as long as the potatoes were good. That’s right the cornerstone of any good Irish dish is the potato. And you can’t get more pure than a potato galette. It’s straight up potatoes and butter. Which means it’s so delicious.
Monday is Holi the Hindu Spring festival in India. Holi is also know as the festival of color because during the celebration people throw paint at each other. There’s music and food and dancing during the celebration. It’s a wonderful time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make it to the celebration (the New York celebration is serious) so I thought it might be nice to celebrate in our own way. So we are making pakoras. Pakoras are fritters with lots of Indian spices. One of our favorite types is gobi pakora or the cauliflower fritter. Gobi pakoras were served at last year’s celebration so it’s fitting that we make them for our mini Holi celebration.
Valentine’s day is coming and we’re making white chocolate cranberry hearts. Yay, chocolate. We try to teach our littles that gifts should come from the heart. It should show people you are thinking about them. So, for valentine’s day (and other holidays) we make our gifts with our hands and from our hearts.
This Saturday is Chinese New Year. Holidays present the opportunity to embrace different cultures and food. Hence, New Year, New Food. 2017 is the year of the rooster and this Chinese New Year I’m introducing Asian barbecue ribs. We’re also going to try our hand at some origami.
As the new year approaches I am thinking about my goals and the future. Looking forward to a long life and new food adventures. So why not hedge my bet with a bowl of noodles. Noodles signify longevity and what could be better than that. Of course, even if I wasn’t looking for those noodles give me a little good luck I would still love Cold Sesame Noodles. It’s a carb thing.
This time of the year is when the ovens turn on and the cookie sheets come out. Even with the worst bah hum bug fever, cookies make everyone feel a little more chipper. Especially, when you can smell the sweet buttery cookies as you walk the door. This is a present I’ve received from my co-worker and one I’ve given often. My mini me loves to make cookies, so I know it’s a gift other moms appreciate. Though titled holiday cookie gift jar, I love this gift idea because there are several others treats (both savory and sweet) you can fit in a quart sized mason jar.
In our home we are very thoughtful about raising our children to be knowledgable about people and the world around them. One way we do that is to educate our children about different people and places through books and experiences. Well one day at the library my mini me picks out a book. “The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes.” We read the book and inside there was a recipe for latkes. So you know what we had to do right? We had to make latkes.
Ever read a recipe and get really excited about it? Well that’s how I felt when I saw the brigadeiro recipe in Food 52’s article “Cookies from around the World”. I was amped to take on the challenge of making this traditional Brazilian dessert. First, who doesn’t think “Woo Hoo” chocolate? Second, global dishes, that is kind of my thing. Third, making treats as gifts is something the family loves to do.
During the holidays I’m always looking for a dish that is super comforting and quick. I always remember my friends having some sort of fish stew during the holidays. Camarones guisado is one of those dishes to make whether it’s the holiday season or not. There’s a sense of melancholy during the holidays that warrants a dish like this. Of course, depending on where you live and your background, the holidays might be done a little differently. But everyone needs a good soothing stew.
Sometimes I don’t get to have breakfast until the early afternoon. Of course, the issue with that is then I can’t decided whether I want breakfast or lunch. Does that ever happen to you? And you just can’t choose. Well, shakshuka solves all of these problems. The eggs give you that breakfast feel, but the spicy tomato sauce has that late night comfort feel to it.