The first time, I made a cabbage kugel, it was with great trepidation. It just did not sound appealing. Then we sat down to eat it. My daughter didn't want any but politely took a small piece. All of a sudden, everyone was happy. Everybody liked the dish and it disappeared quickly. Who knew?
This time, I make it with confidence. I tasted a bit and love it. I am serving it for the Jewish holidays so I have not served it yet.
Cooking for the holidays is an experience, We are having four families with kids. Most of them will stay with us. My daughter is taking two of the girls at her house. That means, people sleeping in the bedrooms and the living room. It means (forgive me) a long line to the bathrooms. It means, food disappearing quickly. It means cousins playing with cousins. It means having the newlyweds in the midst of all of this.
Cooking six major meals (three days - two several course meals, each day with a third meal on the Sabbath) is a major deal. I have been on my feet cooking since Sunday. Tomorrow is salad day. Tonight is desserts. To me, it meant not eating any meals, only tasting. Who has time to eat?
Both my daughter-in-law and daughter are bringing food and at that I have been up to all hours of the morning cooking, non-stop. I don't think, I took pictures of some of the dishes (can you imagine not even thinking of doing that with a camera a few feet away?)
I have an upright freezer and it is filled with food for the meals plus what is in the refrigerator. This is all surreal. I would not believe it if it was not my home. I do this every year, a few times a year and I still jump in with both feet and don't look back.
Taking into account that hubby has celiac and gets sick from garlic, there is little prepared, I could bring in so I don't even consider it.
This is a major challenge and I love every minute of it.
If I remember the funny incidents after the holidays, I will share some of them with you. A sense of humor is really important when doing this kind of cooking. My therapy is the chopping. I love it.
Here is the kugel and I say with joy that I highly recommend it.
3 carrots, peeled and shredded