One of the things I missed most when I started keep kosher was JELLO. Ooey, gooey, jiggly jello. Mmm, mmm, good. And totally, totally not kosher.A few years later, I discovered a REAL and delicious brand of kosher gelatin, which we used to buy often enough in Toronto to keep me happy.However, here in Israel, there’s no such thing, just the insipid brands of kosher jello, which are based on vegetable gel and don’t – in my limited experience – set up properly to a shiny crystal-clear texture.So I’ve started playing with real gelatin since we’ve been here, because it’s cheap and plentifully available – and, as I think I’ve commented before, mysteriously pareve. There are two kinds; the red package is meat-source and the blue is fish-source. From bad experience in Toronto, I’ve found that fish gelatin gives a weird tangy taste to everything you use it in. This would probably be fine in a citrus-themed dessert (as shown on the box), but definitely not fine in a chocolaty dessert, or,…
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It may not be summer yet, but we’ve had a few days so far that have really hinted that it’s on its way. And for summer Shabboses, what’s really nice is an easy no-bake dessert that isn’t tremendously patchkedik (involved, preparation-wise).These truffles capture the “cookie dough” vibe perfectly – they’re soft inside and not too sweet for a grown-up palate, but not too peanut-buttery and healthy-tasting (okay, they’re not healthy at all!) that kids will turn up their noses. In other words, they’re just right. And you can make them with just FIVE things you probably have sitting around your kitchen the week after Pesach – at least, I did.
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Has this ever happened to you? You’ve been cooking up a storm, roasting a chicken, which fills up the house with all kinds of delicious fragrances while it's cooking, and then you bite into the chicken and...AAAAAACK!!!! Dry! Dry! Dry!There are some things that taste as good as they smell. But chicken is often not one of them. Dry chicken is like the eleventh plague of Pesach. (Just tying this in here to keep it seasonal!)And whole roast chicken is the WORST, hands-down. The breast (my grandmother used to call it the "keel" to be polite, but I don't know if this ever caught on) is up there, proud and tall (we've bred our chickens to be built like this), while the lesser thighs (lots of kosher stores call them “backs” to be polite) bask in all the juices and generally turn out okay. (This is the bit I usually eat.)Another problem with roasting a whole chicken? By the time the thighs (way down at the bottom) are done, the breast (way up at the top) is ove…