at 450°F/220°C should work just fine. It will look like the photo above, but without the lima beans. And while she's busy cooking most of the meal, I've dishes of my own to prepare...
I've already sent over the chicken soup. She'll be doing the matzo balls. I'll be steaming some carrots, parsnip and turnip to be added before serving.
I'm going to try an new recipe for Passover Carrot Cake that sounds delicious... I'll keep you posted. Truthfully, I find most Passover cakes taste like flavored sawdust.
But there's always the Chocolate Covered Matzo Crunch borrowed from David Leibovitz every year, that is the best candy ever created.
I might make another favorite flourless cake of mine - Tunisian Date Cake... if I don't poop out before then.
I love preparing those dishes, but the last dish I'm charged with preparing is the gefilte fish. I know that many of you are already turning your noses up. In truth, only half the guests Monday night will even try some. Of those, most will be having large portions and be eyeing some to take home. The other half will either wolf down the chopped liver Joanna is making or will be enjoying a salad dish, waiting for the bazillion dishes for the main course.
My grandmother used to make her gefilte fish from scratch, going to her fishmongers and getting the fillets plus the heads and bones to make the broth. When I was living in Montreal, I did as my mother did before me (to avoid the house reeking of fish broth... I know, some of you find the aroma wonderful... but not me!), I bought it from one of two great Jewish delis, only one of which is still around today - Snowdon Deli still one of my favorite foodie stops when visiting. Moving to Toronto, meant finding another place to purchase some - that would be my favorite butcher shop - Nortown.
But here in Halifax... there are no Jewish delis, so I have two choices...
1. Make my own Baked Gefilte Fish from scratch which I have tried before, but the flavour and texture was not what I had in mind... not to mention the "aroma" that lingered for days.
2. Buy Ungar's frozen gefilte fish loaves and simmer them for an hour.... easy, not smelly and pretty much like my memory taste buds require.
So.... gefilte fish is done, vegetables have been steamed for the soup, the chocolate matzo and a banana cake are done (Haven't tasted the cake yet, but the batter was bitter. I hope that's not an indication.
Now it's time for a rest before the carrot cake. It's a recipe from Joan Nathan's Quiches, Kugels & Knishes - one of my favorite books, so I'm sure it will be awesome.