Jewish Shabbos Cholent

If you are lucky enough to live in a high rise when you first get married, as you walk up the stairs after going to shul (synagogue) you will invariably smell cholent on each floor. The thing I noted was no two cholents smelled the same. One smelled sweet, one smelled spicy, one smelled of beans, one of barley. As Jews we all shared in the afternoon meal yet no two cholents were ever alike. It seems it’s a lot like us as a people. We all share the same experience yet each of us brings something different to our “table”.

The above picture was taken of my cholent before Shabbos (because on Shabbos I refrain from all work including turning on my phone). The end product is a warm brown colour with soft beans and perfect flavour.

Ingredients:

Package of beef marrow bones

Two strips flanken (fattier the better)

2/3 cup pearl Barley washed and checked

1/2 cup Cholent beans washed and checked (use kidney, pinto and navy beans if you can’t find the mix)

Two large potatoes cut in quarters

One medium whole onion

Half of a sweet potato layered in slices

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic

3 tbsp ketchup

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/4 tsp pepper

Salt to taste (kosher meat is pretty salty)

Directions:

Add some canola oil to the bottom of your slow cooker recipe sauce pan. Add marrow bones and flanken. Add spices and ketchup directly to meat. Top with beans/barley and finish with potatoes and slices of sweet potato. Fill pot until water JUST covers everything.

If using a slow cooker, turn on high for three hours and reduce heat until Shabbos lunch. For stove top method, bring to boil and then simmer until Erev Shabbos. Before Shabbos place a “blech” (metal separation) between the heat source and pot and leave on the blech on a very low burner until Shabbos lunch. For my oven, the burner is set to 2 ( where 1 on my burner is the lowest) for the blech to have a slow heat.

You can alter the ingredients depending upon the amount of guests you have. More guests, add more potatoes or more barley. It doesn’t have to be expensive. People come for your company, not your meat. Before Shabbos if you find your water has gone down, add more and give it a stir. The water should be sitting at the top of the mixture before Shabbos so it doesn’t dry out.

Note: this is NOT for Pesach (Passover)

How I Stepped Out of my Comfort Zone: Becoming a Personal Chef

I am a social person but I am really apprehensive when it comes to preparing my food for strangers. Family and people that I know is fine, but strangers…ummm…no. I don’t know why I had a mental block when it came to cooking for strangers but I did. I froze or something happened to my brain that just shut it off. Then I realized I was being ridiculous. Cooking is what I love and has always been what I love to do. I’ve been cooking for over 25 years. I have made anniversary dinners, birthday events, made Shabbos meals for friends I knew and even cooked for large events with friends. I just wanted that opportunity to be able to share my cooking with others and if I could get paid for it, well then, that’s a bonus.

So I finally did it…I launched myself as a personal chef. I started telling friends and those friends of friends. Some people said there was just no money in food so what was I thinking. I kept on being discouraged. Self doubt started to kick in. Then I realized who cares. The worst thing that could happen would be people would give me a bad review. I had to get over the fact that there would always be the doubters and the critics. I had to face my fears and just get out there and do this.

So today was my first official day of launching myself as a personal chef. It took years of mental prep to get me to this point but here I am.

Have any of you wanted to start making money from cooking? If so, what ideas have you thought of? Have you tried it out? Let me know.

Chaya.

Loving the New Instagram IGTV Launch

 

Today Instagram launched their new app, IGTV, and it’s going to be a game changer. No more swiping up to a link to watch a longer form of your food video (or whatever it is you choose to blog about). Now you can upload a video that can be up to 15 minutes long. Today is the beginning of long videos on Instagram in a format we can easily get used to and I’m so STOKED!

It’s so simple. Update Instagram and also download the new IGTV app. Start your channel by going to the little TV 📺 in the top right corner of your Instagram Profile screen and just upload your content. People can like, comment, share on what you post. Add music, add a voice over, do whatever you want just keep your videos vertical and you are good to go. Honestly, you’ll be thrilled with this and I think after it kicks in, people won’t be leaving Instagram at all.

What do you think? Do you think this is just a fad or is IGTV here to stay? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

Chaya

http://www.instagram.com/kosheriffic