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.

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! 🍺)

Shakshuka Hack – Healthy Breakfast Meal

Mornings aren’t always easy. Sometimes I want more than a smoothie or a fruit to get me through my day but don’t feel like overdoing the carbs. In Israel, a dish called “shakshuka” is a big thing. It’s basically tomato sauce with eggs poached directly in the sauce and cumin is usually the spice of choice. This morning I had fresh produce and was inspired to do something with them. That’s how I came up with this shakshuka hack. It took me one minute to wash and dice the veggies and then 5 minutes to cook everything in a pan. This recipe is for one but just add for each person. So simple.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp oregano

1 diced scallion

I diced small roma tomato

1 egg

Sprinkle of parmigiana cheese

Add all veggies and oregano to oiled pan. Sauté on burner on medium heat for two minutes. Break egg on top of sautéed veggies and cover pan with lid. Leave lid on for four minutes without removing and continue to cook on medium heat. The lid will keep the steam from the veggies contained and cook the top of your egg without having to flip it. It won’t be rubbery and the result will be a perfect egg. Sprinkle with fresh parmigiana cheese 🧀 Makes one serving.

Easy Couscous Salad

Couscous is an amazing pasta. It was developed in Israel back in 1950s when they couldn’t get rice. The roasted semolina wheat gives it a sort of nutty flavour. I love it. It’s so adaptable to so many dishes. It can be served hot or cold…as a dairy or meat side…and it’s super easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

1 cup roasted pearl couscous

2 cups boiling water.

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes

1/2 red diced red pepper

1/2 red onion

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp Kedem Red Wine Vinegar

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt to taste

Instructions:

Place couscous in heated pan with 2 tbsp of canola oil and fry until couscous is coated and a bit translucent. Add boiling water to pan. Cover pan and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Stir every so often so it doesn’t clump. Take off heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.

Empty couscous into a serving bowl. Dice onion, red onion, pepper and slice cherry tomatoes in half. Add to couscous. Add oil, vinegar and salt to taste. Serves 4.

Any questions…just give me a shout

Chaya

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Sheet Pan Dinner

Tonight just give yourself a break from over thinking your dinner, and throw everything onto one pan! Honestly, this is so great. No pots to stand over or clean when you are done. You can even do what I did, and use a foil sheet pan, disposing of it when dinner is served.

The food that is cooked this way comes out roasted. The veggies are crisp and the meat is tender. I love this and I think you will too!

Ingredients:

I whole chicken, cut into quarters

2 medium sweet potatoes

1 medium onion

I tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dill powder

1/4 tsp pepper

3 tblsp canola oil

Directions:

Set oven to 375F. Peel veggies and cut into one inch square cubes. Wash chicken pieces and place bone done onto sheet pan. Place cut veggies around chicken pieces. Take oil and rub it into chicken. Evenly distribute spices on top of chicken, and massage into skin. I sprayed olive oil onto my veggies, but you can easily drizzle oil over the veggies, stirring until they are covered but not drenched in oil.

Place into 375F oven for one hour. Chicken should be brown and veggies crisp but not mushy. Happy sheet pan dinner day ❤️