January... A tale of firsts
Jan. 31, 2013 10:52 pm
I am part of a home-based Torah (Bible) Study Group. All of the families in the group are also home-schoolers so of course we had to have a theme for our weekly potlucks. In 2012 we began each week with a new letter of the Alphabet. All of the foods prepared
began with that letter, although we had to be creative with some adjectives to fit the bill. For this year (2013) we voted on exploring the culinary diversity of one of the continents (or sub-continent) and focusing on that particular region for four Sabbaths
(excluding holidays) in a row. Finding dishes that can be tweaked to be "Kosher" and be prepared in advance is going to be a major challenge. But we are nothing if not ambitious and a bit crazy. :-P
The following is just my end of the potluck (average of 3 dishes per week), there are nearly a dozen other dishes each week. So here is my salute to Jan/Feb (we started mid month) and our tour of "Western Europe". For all of the weeks in this region we each
bring around three dishes from any of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
Of course, I turned to All Recipes for almost all of my inspiration. So far I've made: Swedish Meatballs, Norwegian Lefse (potato tortillas), Finnish Pulla (i.e. interesting flavored Challah), Austrian Sachertorte (chocolate cake), Luxembourg Salad (salad with
Turkey Bacon pieces), German Soft "Bretzels" (spelled with a P in English).
In the process of making all these foods I've had to purchase many spices that I had never used before. This journey around the world is sure to be tasty and exciting and I hope will help me become a more "well-rounded" cook. Two more weeks to go until we pack
up for South America.