Daily Archives: October 19, 2010

Free KOSHER BY DESIGN Teens and 20-somethings cookbook!

Come one come all!! Within the next few days I will be posting a review of this awesome new cookbook which is due to be officially launched at Kosherfest next week.

In order to celebrate this great new recipe book the kind folks at Artscroll are allowing me to pick one lucky reader to get their own free copy.

So do you want to win? Are you a winner? All you have to do to enter is to tell me in the comments your favourite memory of cooking as a teen or 20-something.  Was it for a special occasion? Was it just cooking with the family? Did you burn down the house or discover your love for creating in the kitchen? One entry per person only. The winner will be picked at random, by me, on October 27th at 5pm EST.

So – get writing and look out for my review!!


Vegetarian Help

I have a friend who needs advice on how to get more protein in her diet, without resorting to eating meat and poultry. Any vegans / vegetarians here have good ideas to share? Perhaps some easy recipes too?


WWYD – Hostess Gift

From one of the message-boards….

Neighbors of mine had a Simcha [celebratory occasion] this past Shabbat and asked if I could host their guests. It was no problem and I prepared the guest room.

Around Friday noon time their child came over with two packages – a beautifully wrapped gift (crystal tray) for me, and a bag for the guests with various items and itinerary.

I placed the guest bag in the guest room and unwrapped the gift for myself, discarded the wrapping paper, and put the tray into a closet.

About an hour before Shabbat, they phoned me to let me know that the guests that were supposed to stay with us had cancelled.

Now what do I do? Send back the tray (I’m embarrassed because I unwrapped it.  Also they may be embarrassed if I return their gift)? Send back the guest bag (I certainly don’t need it)? Or just leave things as they are?

Help me out you etiquette experts!


So, readers, what should be done here? Return the gift and the guest package? Keep it? What would you do?

HSM’s Deli Roll

I was asked on Twitter for my deli roll recipe, so here it is. It looks complicated to make, but it is really easy, especially if you cheat and buy the ready made frozen pastry like I do.

This Deli Roll can be frozen and then reheated and still taste awesome.

You will need:

Package of frozen puff pastry.
Deli meats – any kind. (Sometimes I make this when I have deli that needs to be used up before the consume-by-date.)
A beaten egg.
Sesame seeds.

What to do:

Defrost frozen puff pastry. This takes a few hours. Take it out of the freezer the night before you plan to use it, and defrost in fridge. It must be room temperature and soft. You will not be able to manipulate it unless it is totally defrosted. (A lesson learned the hard way.)

Preheat oven to 350.
Roll pastry out on a flat surface with your rolling pin, keeping the shape, just stretching it out a little.
Spread the top surface lightly with mustard.
Layer the deli meat over the surface.
Gently roll the pastry up like a jelly roll, not too tight, not too loose.
Place on greased baking pan with the seam side down, brush with egg yolk, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Bake at 350 for 60 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Chef’s Note: We get two sheets of puff pastry in a package. When I am making a deli roll for Shabbat and have to defrost both sheets of the pastry, I make the deli roll, and with the other sheet, I roll it out, open a can of apple pie filling, shmear it over the pastry, roll it up, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top, bake at 350 for 60 minutes and bingo bango, apple strudel!!