Butternut Squash Soup

I wanted a different soup for our celebration of Purim, so I adapted this one. Pinterest inspired, it turned out wonderfully and was so easy to make.

1 diced celery

1 diced carrot

1 bag frozen butternut squash cubes

1 diced apple

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp garlic

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tbsp canola oil

6 cup water

Place canola oil in soup pot. Sauté vegetables until soft. Add water and spices (except bay leaf). Bring to boil and turn down. Use immersion blender to blend. Add bay leaf and let simmer for 1 – 2 hours. Serve with croutons.

Easy Egg and Cheese Tarts

Thaw out 12 egg roll wraps
Prepare scrambled eggs mixture using 5 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp dill powder, salt and pepper to taste
Spray 12 muffin containers with olive oil spray
Fill each muffin tin with wrap
In each wrap add:
1 tsp canned sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp grated cheese
1 tsp diced chives

Top with scrambled egg mixture

Place in oven for ten minutes or until eggs are done. 

Great for kids lunches or to take on picnics or day trips

Blueberry Banana French Toast



1 banana
2oz fresh blueberries
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more if you like cinnamon)
1 scoop vanilla sugar
Blend all ingredients in blender. Pour batter into flat tray. Dip both sides bread into batter. Fry in warm skillet with canola oil. (About 3 minutes per side). Makes four pieces of French Toast.

Serve with fresh blueberries, whipped cream or syrup

Easy (Chicken) Schnitzel

Set-up for preparation

Two packets of chicken cutlets (2 cutlets per pack)

1 egg, scrambled

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Place egg, and bread crumbs into separate bowls as shown in picture above

Cut chicken into thin slices

Pound chicken flat with meat hammer

Dip each piece, first into egg, then into bread crumbs, then set gently on plate.

Take a flat skillet with high walls, add enough canola oil to cover an inch of bottom. No more.

Important NOTE: Oil burns quickly, so this step has to be closely monitored. Fire can happen if the temperature of the oil gets too high. Constantly maintain an even temperature by lowering and raising heat. The oil should never be more than 350F as Canola catches fire at 390F. Use a meat thermometer to monitor your heat.

Place each piece of coated chicken gently into hot oil. Cook on both sides for 3 – 4 minutes each or until golden. Lay onto paper towel to absorb oil when it comes out of pan.

Chicken Filled Bourekas

More brown food for the holidays
Chicken cutlets I use
Before going into oven…I could have been neater 🤷🏻‍♀️

This is one of the simplest recipes to put together, but the work is time consuming. Just turn on a good playlist, and you should be good to go 💕

1 pack of chicken cutlets as seen in picture

Pack of phyllo dough cut into 4”x4” squares

1 tsp garlic

1/2 tsp pepper

Dijon mustard (1/2 tsp per piece)

1 egg, scrambled for egg wash

Sesame seeds for covering

Cut up chicken in small 1” by 2” strips. Chicken cuts better when still a little frozen

Take spices and cover pieces liberally, mixing with your hands

Cut phyllo dough and place chicken in centre of each square

Cover with a dollop of mustard. 1/2 tsp per chicken piece. Not too much, because then the phyllo won’t seal properly

Gather edges of phyllo dough around chicken and squeeze to seal

Place each piece onto greased cookie sheet with sealed side upwards.

Cover each piece with egg wash (can use sesame seeds at this point but this house has food allergy fo them 🤦🏻‍♀️)

Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes, or until brown.

Double this recipe because believe me, it disappears!!

Gefilte Fish Ratatouille

1 medium zucchini sliced thinly

1 red pepper diced

1 medium onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

2 tablespoons canola oil

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup Tuscanini diced tomatoes 

1/2 cup water 

2 tablespoons sugar

1 jar  Manischewitz Gefilte Fish, drained of broth. 

Prepare all vegetables by dicing thinly. Place Gefilte fish in sieve, and drain broth. Place vegetables into warm skillet with oil. Sauté until vegetables are tender, but not done. Add two tablespoons sugar and pepper. Add diced tomatoes and water along with Gefilte fish. Stir gently until everything is incorporated and fish is covered with tomato broth. Cover and let simmer for half an hour. Serve warm, but tastes great cold as well!

In university I used to need to work harder on some subjects and every Thursday night, I’d get together to study Engineering Static’s with a friend. This is where I learned about the amazing flavour of Ratatouille, and it’s a recipe that’s stayed with me forever.

Smoked Turkey and Farfel

This is meant as a side dish. Sort of like a goulash, without the liquid component.

One large smoked turkey thigh or 1 cup chopped smoked meat
1 package farfel

2 tblsp or oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 small stalks of celery, diced

1 tsp dill weed

1/2 tsp poultry seasoning

1/4 tsp pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt to taste

1 container farfel

1 package smoked turkey leg or thigh, or 1 cup diced smoked deli meat

Sauté veggies and spices in oil. The spices with incorporate into the veggies if you do this.

Add chopped pieces of meat and stir for three minutes or until meat completely covered with onion mix

Add farfel and stir until it’s coated with oil, onion/ meat mixture

Add 12 ounces of water.

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until farfel is soft

This makes a great side dish and is very easy to prepare. Kids love it.

Chocolate Fudge-Brownie Cake

2/3 cup cocoa powder

2/3 cup oil

2 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 & 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

2 tsp vanilla sugar

1/2 cup water

Mix cocoa, oil and sugar until smooth. Add one egg at a time. Combine dry ingredients and fold into mixture, alternating with water. Put in two 8” round pans or 9×11 rectangle pan. Bake 350 for 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out dry.

Recipe courtesy of my best friend, E Kin, Toronto

Classic Meat Stir-Fry Recipe

Due to this recipes simplicity, it was the first one I was formally taught how to make. Now that summer is coming to a close; and all the wonderful veggies are available, it’s a great way to make use of them! Hope you enjoy 😊

1 wok (can use large frying pan, but a wok will give you best results)

3 romaine lettuce leaves (can use bok choy but I’ve found mine to be buggy recently), cleaned, checked for bugs and sliced in inch long strips

2 medium carrots, sliced thinly and on a diagonal (diagonal slicing provides more surface area to cook the veggies with so they cook faster. It also gives more of an area for absorption of flavours and sauces used)

2 celery stalks, sliced thinly on diagonal

2 green onions or one shallot, sliced thinly

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp shredded ginger root (can use powdered ginger but not as strong!)

1 medium zucchini, sliced thinly on diagonal

1 cup frozen or fresh broccoli heads

1 red pepper cored and sliced lengthwise into fine strips

Three tablespoons sesame or olive oil

1 cup water

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoons cornstarch or flour with 1/4 cup water, stir together to make thickening gravy

1 large fast fry steak (~1 pound) sliced in inch wide diagonal strips

Prepare all veggies and sort by hardness. You will begin by frying hard veggies first because they take the longest. Place wok over medium flame. Add oil. When oil gets warm, add carrots, celery and onions first along with garlic and ginger so the flavours of the spices absorb into the veggie mix. Add broccoli. Fry until done but still a bit hard. Push the veggies up side of wok and replace with zucchini and red pepper. Fry until tender. Push up sides of wok. Add romaine leaves. These take one minute to soften. Push up sides of wok. Finally add meat, water, soy sauce and sugar. Sauté meat until it’s done to your liking. Stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch to some water until smooth and pour into water/meat mixture (can also use flour instead of cornstarch) Mix until gravy thickens.

Bring down vegetables into meat mixture, stir until covered in sauce.

Prepare 2 cups of uncooked rice or noodles as directed on package.

Serve hot stir fry over rice or noodles and top with sesame seeds as garnish.

(My veggie stir fry recipe can be seen in an earlier post https://kosheriffic.blog/2018/05/14/easy-stir-fry-dinner/

Enjoy!

(This recipe is dedicated to my best friend in life, who I have enjoyed making this with on countless evenings at home together while listening to music and talking about life, the universe and everything! 🍺)

Perogies

Dough recipe:

Filling:

5 medium potatoes

1/2 medium onion, diced

4 tbsp canola oil

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper for flavour

Stuffing. 5 medium potatoes boiled then drain. Mash with no liquid added. Sauté 1/2 diced onion in canola oil. Add onion to potatoes along with 4 tblsp oil. Stir in 1/2 cp shredded cheddar cheese until melted and fully combined. If mixture seems too dry, add milk one tablespoon at a time until smooth. Make sure you keep the potatoes a smooth consistency, but not as soft as mashed potatoes. You don’t want them too runny, or they wont stick in the centre’s of the dough. Keep the potatoes like a play dough consistency if that makes sense. Add salt and pepper for flavor. Cut dough into circles with glass. Hold dough in palm of one hand. Take tsp of potato mixture and put in middle of circle dough. Moisten edges of circle and fold dough in half keeping, potato mixture in centre. You may have to use thumb to push potato mixture back into dough. Seal by pinching edges. Place perogies on clean tea towel. Cover with another clean tea towel until all perogies are done. Bring large pot of water to boil. Add perogies by gently lowering them down into water. Boil until they raise to top and then let boil for 2 minutes more

Fry chopped onions in butter and serve with sour cream.

Quick and Easy Beet Soup (Borscht)

I love the smell of borscht cooking on a cold day. My grandmother used to make it for me at lunch along with a sandwich, and it was the warmest feeling knowing she put so much work and love into a meal for me. Borscht doesn’t have to be so difficult to make, though. This is my quick borscht recipe. In hard times, it’s easy to make.

2 carrots chopped

1 celery chopped (I peel mine to remove the strings)

1 can sliced beets

1/2 medium onion diced

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 bay leaf

1 tsp dill

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil for sautéing

6 cups vegetable broth

Sauté vegetables and spices in olive oil until tender. Add bay leaf and liquid. Bring to boil and turn down to simmer. Let simmer for one hour to one and half hours.