Vacation from Vacation!

We went on vacation this week. I am sooo out of shape. We did a day of kayaking (Cfar Blum), had pizza dinner and then watched a DVD (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure). We were all asleep by 9:30pm. The next morning, we slept in, had breakfast, circumnavigated the Golan, saw Kunetra, and went for three hours of ice skating a the Canada Center. Then off to Tiveria for lunch at Decks and home to rest. Half the family was still up for more and went to the beach for the morning. I'm pooped. My brain knows how to ice skate, but my muscles have forgotten. They are doing a very good job of reminding me who actually moves me from place to place.

Shabbat should be quiet. My sister and her oldest son are visiting for the weekend and we are hosting a family that made aliyah this week for lunch. Small numbers: 9 and 13. Oh well, not to shabby.

Some of my readers have complained that many of my recipes take too long. This weekend, I'm making food that takes a while to cook, but that takes almost no time to prepare.

We usually make a meat roll with ground chicken and cold cuts. Its no fail and even kids like it. The recipe makes two long rolls. This time we are using beef in one with the typical roll up (like a jelly roll). The other one I spread with sauteed onions and make a loaf. Then I wrapped that up. Its more like traditional beef wellington. Total pre-time for both of these was about 10 minutes. Then 1.5 hours in the oven.

I'm making corned beef. Cooking time is three hours, but pre-time is less than give minutes.

A very good recipe is cola chicken. The ingredients could not be more simple, 1 cup cola, 1 cup ketchup to one chicken. Clean the chicken, dump in a pot, add the sauce, cover and cook for 1.5 hours. Total pre-time about 5 minutes.

Ok, so not everything is fast food. I'm making chicken meatballs and pasta with a mushroom white sauce, and au gratin potatoes for Seduat Shlishit.

I like cooking. Its relaxing.
Shabbat Shalom

Dinner - 9
Parve Oriental Potato Soup
Chicken meatballs and Pasta with mushroom white sauce
Cola Chicken
Corn on the Cob
Deep fried Vegetables

Lunch - 13
Corned Beef
Meat Roll
Israeli Salad

Seudat Shlishit
Au Gratin Potatoes


Dov said…
Didn't you once say you added onion soup mix to your cola chicken, or something like that?
Elliot Jaffe said…
Yes, but this is the basic recipe. I made it with diet Coke and it worked ok, but was not as rich as usual.

No need for soup mix.
Melissa said…
Your vacation sounded like fun, however, also exhausting.

It probably feels good to be back home and doing what you love, cooking.

I bought a book last week written by Shimon Apisdorf. It's called Kosher for the Clueless, but Curious.

I love it. It's helping me finally getting started with keeping kosher and sticking with it.

Hope you had a wonderful Shabbos.


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