Pu Pu Platter @David Chu’s

Celebrated Mother’s Day today @David Chu’s in Baltimore. 


In addition to my favorite, Sesame Chicken, Dossy ordered the Pu Pu Platter. 


2 BBQ Ribs

2 Teriyaki Beef

2 Spring Rolls

2 Frieds Won Tons

2 Chicken Toast


(Thankfully, there was no poo in the pu pu!)


All this Kosher Chinese food, had me craving a Coca Cola afterwards like it always does. 


Then we stopped at Market Maven, which replaced Seasons that went bankrupted last year. 


Overall, a nice family day that I am so grateful for to Hashem!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cannibal Soup

Two funny things came to mind about eating dinner.


The first was a joke my dad always told which was something like:

We had our mother-in-law for dinner…and boy was she good!  LOL

The second was something I heard recently about power and politics, which was:

If you’re not at the table then you on the menu!

Ah, you better have a seat (and welcome voice) at the table or else you may find yourself part of the next batch of beef stew coming out of the kitchen. 


Two new ways for us to think of dinner time.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

Feeling So Naughty

Bacon Popcorn Kosher

Ok, so Dossy brought home a new snack.


It’s from Trader Joe’s and it’s called Baconesque.


It’s popcorn with white cheddar and bacon-like seasoning…it’s Kosher (OU, Dairy)!


The sidebar from the man and lady dancing on the packaging says, “I can’t believe it’s not bacon!” and I’m thinking I can’t believe it’s just like bacon!


So I tear open the package, and dug in for my first taste of bacon-like popcorn (note: except for imitation bacon bites which my sister used to put on salads, I’ve never tasted bacon or anything like it). 


One handful, two handful…almost puking now. 


Yeah, it tastes like I thought it would, but maybe Jews know a little something too…I like a good piece of beef better, much much better.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cholent Stew – Not Just A Game

Cholent
So I can’t believe they actually made a “strategy card game” about cholent. 



The only strategy that I know of with cholent is to make it hot, goopy, meaty, and savory. 



Cholent is a beef stew typically eaten for Shabbat lunch. 



Basic ingredients: beans, barely, potatoes, fatty fanken meat, sometimes a kishka is thrown in, onions and other veggies, salt, pepper, and lots of savory spices. 



Usually it cooks in a crock pot overnight. 



The sephardim call this dish Hamin (instead of cholent) and typically put in some hard-boiled eggs as well. 



With cholent, you can essentially throw in the kitchen sink as long as it add to the heartiness and flavor of the dish. 



Eating cholent is such a tradition that it is almost considered a special mitzvah to do it. Ah, would that make it commandment #614? 



When cholent is served at the kiddish (the meal after Shabbat services in synagogue), it is usually the highlight where everybody gathers around with big laddles to dig in and get the nice portions of meat bopping around in the stew or often sunken to the very bottom to be found and surfaced by the lucky lunch patrons. 



In New York, my friends used to have a running joke that there was a secret ingredient the Rebetzin used to make it so good–what it was, all bets were on. 



The biggest problem with cholent are the loads of beans (“the musical food”) and the most unpleasant odor-filled aftereffects–and of this we will not speak again! 



What type of game can you play with cholent? You can probably just toot out the answer when you’re ready. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)