Step-by-Step Brisket Recipe

2 medium chopped onions

1 3 lb brisket

3 crushed cloves garlic

1 tsp Sweet paprika

3 tablespoons crushed tomatoes

5 medium potatoes

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp flour

Sauté onions in Dutch oven with oil until golden brown
Add crushed tomatoes and minced garlic, salt and pepper to meat and rub in all over. I insert some cloves into the meat by making little holes with tip of my knife
Take remaining spices and flour and rub onto meat
Put meat into Dutch oven on top of sautéed onions and brown both sides (3-4 minutes each side on medium heat)
Add 6 cups of water (enough to cover meat) along with whole potatoes. Cover and let simmer on low for 1 1/2 to two hours. Take out and slice and return to pot. Allow to simmer for another 1/2 hour until meat is soft.
Serve in roasting pan with liquid.

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.

Ukrainian Cabbage Rolls

2 cups uncooked rice

5 cups water

1 lb ground meat

1 medium diced onion

4 tablespoons canola oil or margarine

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sweet paprika

3 tbsp ketchup

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp dill powder

1/2 tsp salt

I head cabbage

1 can tomato sauce

Begin by washing and draining rice. Add water and bring to boil. Turn down, cover and simmer on low until rice is cooked. Should be sticky rice. Add all spices and ketchup to sticky rice and stir

Dice onion and sauté with ground meat. Use potato masher to get meat into soft pieces.

Mix meat onions and oil with rice/spice mixture. You can taste the mixture at this point and add spices if you find its missing something. Sometimes I’ve added seasoning salt and it’s amazing. Other times I prefer a bland taste.

Fill a 8 cup soup pot with water. Core cabbage and add it to water, cored end upwards. Boil cabbage until leaves start to fall off. Gently pull off leaves and remove from water, I use two forks to do this. Lay the cabbage in a pan. Over-boiling leaves will make them too soft and they will tear when you make the cabbage rolls.

Take a paring knife and gently remove the ribs of the cabbage leaves by cutting down the sides of the rib. Place those ribs in the bottom of a 9×11 roasting pan

Take a tablespoon and get a large scoop of rice and add mixture to centre of cabbage. Roll while pushing rice into the ends. Make sure roll is tight, or you will end up with deconstructed cabbage mixture. It will take practice. This is probably one of the hardest steps! Lay down into pan, rib side down. Add next cabbage roll tightly to the previously one. Continue until pan is filled. Top with leftover cabbage leaves. Add can of tomato sauce. Use a spatula to move the cabbage away from the edges so that sauce gets to bottom of pan. Cover with foil and place in 350F oven. Bake an hour and a half.

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.

Gdańsk Chicken

Sauté onions until golden
Place thighs, top down and braise
Turn thighs over and sauté other side
Add spices, potatoes and water and simmer

2 Tbsp oil

1 medium onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 chicken thighs

2 large potatoes halved

4 tsp of sweet paprika

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

2-3 cups water or chicken broth

2 tbsp flour for thickening at end

Place oil into skillet and add minced garlic with sliced onion. Sauté until slightly golden. Add chicken bottoms in, top down. Braise until skin is slightly brown, 3-5 minutes

Turn over and do the same to bottom half. Sprinkle each thigh with sweet paprika (1 tsp per thigh). Drop potatoes into pan, keeping everything level. If food is doubled up, it won’t cook evenly. Add salt and pepper to mix. Add 2-3 cups water and cover. Turn down flame, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Take off cover and turn chicken pieces over so tops brown. Add 2 Tbsp flour, stir and simmer for extra 5 minutes until gravy forms. Cover potatoes and chicken with gravy and plate. Sprinkle with paprika before serving. This is basically more “brown food” but it’s soft and a great comfort food for those chilly fall nights.

Serves two but you can double it!

(This recipe is from the Zacharias’ Family who came from Gdańsk. I think it’s “Chicken Paprikash” in Hungarian, but I’ve always called it this and never thought twice about why until recently)

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