Friday, December 30, 2011

BLTN Chanuka

Mather Street, OAKLAND.

 Better Late Than Never 
(alas, not a Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Nosh-time) 

 This was the night we could do it, so we did.
Also, it was Shabbat.
December 30, 2011

Ha-Cast Ha-Characters  (note the semi-bi-linguality)
•Uncle Neal & •Auntie Ann
•Seth & •Lisa
•Danny & •Heather
•Rumeli & •Sandriz
•MorMor & •Fred
The Squatters!:
  •Alanya & •Mikej
  •Selim & •Naveed

Challah,  Apple Juice, Beer (yes, HeBrew.  We fell for it.)
Vegetarian as good as Mom's Meatloaf

Crunchy Greens Salad
Potato Latkes
Fabulous cookies from Drager's via Auntie Ann

NoMeat Meatloaf

This recipe is as good (or gooder) than the one you remember from childhood.
In honor of Rumeli, it's vegetarian. In honor of Uncle Neal and Danny and Heather, it's instead of beef. (But if you don't eat pork, or chicken, or lizard, it can be instead of that, too.)
But it's not Vegan, sorry.

The recipe comes from HERE, but this is how I made it:
Ingredients for 4-6 or 1 loaf pan
(I quadrupled this recipe for Chanuka. We had just the right amount of leftovers to send home]

•1 teaspoon salt
•2 cups water
•1 cup lentils
•1 very small white + •1 very small red onion, diced  (or 1 med. any color onion-(not blue)
•1 cup oatmeal (I used regular)
•3/4 cup grated jack cheese
•2 lg or 3 med eggs
•1 small can tomato sauce
•1/4 c BBQ sauce
• [1 lg clove garlic, crushed.  I didn’t use any garlic this time]
•1 Tb dried basil 

•1/2 cup ketchup
•1/3 cup BBQ Sauce
•3 tablespoon brown sugar
•3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

In a large pot (because you will use this as a mixing bowl) boil water and salt.

Add lentils and simmer covered until lentils are soft and most, but not all, of water is evaporated.  20 min?  Add water if needed so a bit is left even when lentils are done.

Add Oatmeal to soak up rest of water.


In blender or food processor mix
Eggs, Tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, Onion, [garlic] basil (and salt if you want.)

Add half of the Lentil-oat mixture to the blender  and blend.

Into the other, remaining lentil-oats, mix the cheese (hands work well).

Pour blended mixture back into the pot with  the oatmeal lentil cheese mix.

Spoon all into really well greased loaf pan
Smooth top with back of spoon.

Cover with this glaze (this is the minimum amt.  Taste for more sugar)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup BBQ Sauce
3 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Bake at 350 degrees for 30- 45 minutes, until firm and golden brown.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 30- 45 minutes, until firm and golden brown.

Crunchy Greens Salad

OOOPS, I was going to made this: Crunchy Greens & Apple Salad , but I forgot to add the apples and onions.   They got left behind in the frig.  

Because all the parts are stored separately, you can mix up what you need and save the rest for another day.  I served the salad again the next day, with the onions and apples.   I can't say which version I liked best.   The apples and onions added an apple and onion flavor... what'd you think?

Here’s the way I made it.
(NEXT TIME:  I might shred or chop everything more finely for a choppier crunchy salad...)

Prepare and put aside in frig.
•1 lb total de-stemmed Kale and Chard, Shredded (shred first, wash later)
• (I kept the chard stems, cut finely, and added to the salad)
•2 cups Napa cabbage, shredded
•1 cup chopped carrots (shredded or grated would be better).
            (guessing at above amounts.  It doesn’t matter)

Prepare and put aside in frig (but not too far aside, as I did, or you’ll forget to add it to the salad)
•2 sm or 1 lg Fuji apple, diced (with skin)
•1+ Tbsp frozen Pineapple Juice concentrate (or any sweet fruit juice;  lemon would be too sour.)
•1 small red onion, diced

Prepare and put aside in frig or not
•1/2 cup dried cranberries
•1/2  cup sliced almonds, toasted
•1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, optional (leave out for Rumeli)

Prepare and put aside or put in the bottom of the serving bowl
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

When ready to serve, toss it all together.
(-it’s a weight-watchers special, believe it or not.)


order this: (Amazon has them.  I thought I got mine from the Vermont Country Store, but I need to check..)

add this:
Add 1 Dr. KartoffelPuffer or 1 Fred (hard to find); he added eggs and let the batter sit for an hour. He fried them in a shallow layer of canola oil.  These were delicious-- light but crisp  For authenticity (??) next time, maybe add some grated onions.  To be even more authentic, fry in a bathtub of oil.    We ate them with applesauce and sour cream.

more fotos to come..

 All's well that ends well.

1 comment:

  1. I love how you always incorporate veggies into all of your amazing meals! You give cooking a whole new meaning :) by the way, your grandchildren and children are beautiful :) I always love reading your blogs.