Posts Tagged ‘postaday2011’

Post A Day

Posted: March 30, 2011 in General
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I know I said I’d do a Post A Day.  I tried.  I’ve just found that either I don’t have something to write about or, more likely, I don’t have the time to do it.  It’s hard to do a full time job, be a full time dad and still write something interesting that people are going to want to read on the blog.  I’m going to stop trying to do a post every day.  If I have time to write one – and something to write about – I will.  If not, I won’t.  I will still give you a recipe every weekend.  I hope this makes the quality of what appears here better.

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Well – Passover is almost upon us and I figured I’d start with an old family recipe.  Every year my grandmother would make the soup, my aunt would make the matzoh balls and Mom would make stuffed cabbage…  Personally, I don’t like the cabbage – so mom would always make twice the meat, half stuffed and half unstuffed – and I tried it without the cabbage once but it wasn’t the same.  If you really don’t like cabbage, line the pot with some cleaned cabbage leaves – you’ll get the same flavor in the sauce without wrapping the meat balls.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Head Cabbage – separated into leaves and softened in boiling water
  • 1 kg Chopped Beef
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 12 oz (330 g.) cans tomato sauce
  • ¼ tsp sour salt (lemon salt)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix meat, onion, ketchup and egg in a large bowl until the mixture is uniform.
  2. Form balls out of the mixture, place each ball into a cabbage leaf and close the leaf around the ball.  Place in pot.
  3. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the pot.
  4. Partially cover and bring to a boil.
  5. Let simmer for 1 hour and taste.  If too sweet, add sour salt.  If too sour, add brown sugar.  Continue to simmer for about 10 minutes after adjusting flavor and taste again.  If the taste is right, it’s ready.

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As I said – cabbage has to be in the pot for it to taste right.  If you don’t want to wrap the meatballs you can either put some cabbage leaves at the bottom or chop the cabbage up and put it in – I’ve done both and I don’t mind the cabbage so much chopped up.  I tend to make a lot of this at a time and freeze it – it’s great as an appetizer or served over rice or mashed potatoes as a main dish.  This is a copy of my mother’s recipe – you can just as easily sub the canned tomato sauce for homemade using the recipe I gave a few weeks ago… If you decide to use canned, we always used Hunts and that’s the flavor I recognize from my childhood (I always go out of my way to get it since it’s hard to find in Israel…)

Apologies…

Posted: March 26, 2011 in General
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Sorry I haven’t posted much in the last few days.  I know I took the post-a-day pledge and I’ve definitely been trying, but the last few days have been hectic and I haven’t gotten around to typing.  I promise, I’ll be back tomorrow with the weekend recipe.

Steve Jobs as Willy Wonka telling us what we all know – there ain’t nothing special about Apple…

I went to the iDigital store today to get my iPod touch repaired.  I’ve had it about 7 months, most of the time it has spent in my pocket, in my hand, or next to the computer recharging.  For some reason, the seal on the screen was not made properly and some shmutz got under the glass (take a look at the picture to see what I’m getting at) and when I took it in to the genius bar I was told this is “unreasonable use”.  I’ve had experiences with the Apple stores in the US and I have friends who have had experience both here in Israel and in the US.  I gotta tell you – it’s not the same.  I don’t know whether the fault lies with Apple for giving so much latitude to its own employees or for not giving enough latitude to franchisees.  I am reasonably certain that, were I to have gone into a US Apple store, my iPod would have been replaced on the spot.  Here in Israel I’m told that I used it improperly and I can purchase a replacement – or have them send it to Apple who can make a final determination.  Apple got to where it is because of the high level of customer support and service that it gives to it’s customers.  There is no other major reason to pay such a high premium for Apple products over comparable equipment made by competitors – whether in the computer or consumer electronics fields – other than the support.  This is making me thing that the answer to the poll question I posted the other day might actually be – get a Dell.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts, in cutlets
  • Tomato Sauce
  • 1 loaf bread, cut into cubes
  • 2-3 stems of basil, leaves only
  • 2-3 stems of oregano, leaves only
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • flour (for dredging the chicken)
  • oil (for frying)
  • 3 balls fresh mozzarella, sliced
    Instructions 
  • Put bread, herbs, garlic, Parmesan, salt and pepper into a food processor and chop until you have uniform bread crumbs.
  • Beat the eggs with a little bit of salt and pepper
  • Season the chicken with a little bit of salt and pepper
  • Dredge the chicken through the flour making sure that each cutlet has an even, thin coating.
  • Dredge the chicken through the egg, letting all excess egg drip off
  • Dredge the chicken through the breadcrumbs making sure that each cutlet has an even coating.
  • Heat about 1cm oil in a frying pan until it is nice and hot (if you drop a cube of bread in, bubbles should start forming almost immediately)
  • Fry the chicken cutlets until golden brown on both sides.
  • Coat the base of a roasting pan with tomato sauce
  • Place the chicken cutlets in the roasting pan and cover them (don’t smother – you should see the brown around the edges) with tomato sauce.
  • Place the cheese on top of the cutlets – you should be able to see the tomato sauce on the cutlet after you place the cheese.
  • Bake in a pre-heated 180C oven for about 20 minutes – until the cheese starts to brown.
    Comments 
  • For Kosher alternatives – you can use eggplant instead of chicken. If you do, slightly salt the egplant slices and let them sit for a few minutes before dredging in flour.

    This is one of my family’s favorite recipes. I tend to serve it with spaghetti – or some other pasta – in the same tomato sauce. Because my family likes the fried chicken cutlets so much, I tend to make 2-3kg of chicken cutlets and then freeze what didn’t make it into the roasting pan – we just reheat it later and eat. While I tend to like making my own bread crumbs you can use store bought. If you do use store bought -get unseasoned and add the seasoning yourself. The seasoning of the breadcrumbs can have a big effect on flavor – just make sure that any herbs you use (whether fresh or dried) are chopped extremely fine.
    Bon apetit! 

  • I just want to wish all my friends, family and readers a happy, healthy and safe St. Patrick’s day!

    I’m debating which one I want – not that I’m necessarily gonna get either but… For general use (browsing, mail, web games, twitter) and maybe some light photo editing and video playback – which is more worth the money, the 11″ MacBook Air at $999 or the 13″ MacBook Pro for $1200?  Answer the poll and, please, tell me why with a comment.  Inquiring mind wants to know.

    Beware the Ides of March…

    Posted: March 15, 2011 in General
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    Just some quick facts of things that happened on March 15th…

    Brutus killed Ceasar…

    My wife’s cousin Ayelet was born (Happy birthday!!!)

    Thats about it for todays bit of random trivia 🙂

    Happy PI Day!

    Posted: March 14, 2011 in General, Humor
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