It’s a common complaint during the nine days – “There is nothing to eat! Let’s order pizza?” Truth is it is truly not hard to get through what amounts to a week of meat-free fare if you get a little inventive. How about a crispy tofu salad? Some Chana Masala?
Potatoes are one of my all time favorite foods. Doesn’t matter if they are roasted, mashed, fried, baked, or in a nice latke or kugel – I can’t resist them. And while they’re delicious with just a little salt and pepper, it is also nice to add some other flavors and spices to them.
Tofu gets a pretty bad rap from many people. In fact, there may be some loyal Nosh Pit readers who abandon ship after I even mention the word. But the truth is, when it is prepared well, tofu can be a delicious and healthy addition to any meal.
Every member of my family – like most, I’m sure - has their own food likes and dislikes. For the most part we accommodate the major ones (although when you’re the one cooking you get more say!) but sometimes requests are ignored. One family member hates (among other things) mushrooms and leeks, which happen to be two of my favorite foods. So I took the opportunity when he was away one weekend to create a dish that would never fly when he’s around.
Potato Gratin is a traditional French dish, which is often laden down with cheese and heavy cream. This makes it both on the unhealthy side, and unsuitable for serving alongside meat dishes in a kosher home.