Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Food Porn - Episode 2: Passover Potato Kugel

The food of my people is dense, sometimes complicated, nutritious, always guilt-ridden.  My mother makes these massive feasts for the Jewish holidays that go totally underappreciated yet voraciously consumed.

One of my favorite Passover dishes is her potato kugel, which is kind of like a cross between a frittata and a casserole.  She emailed me her recipe, and here we have the second installment (pilot episode here) of Food I've Cooked that Looks Terrible and Might Taste That Way Too:

One of my issues with recipe-following is that so much knowledge is taken for granted.  For example, the kugel recipe calls for "four to six potatoes."  Now right off the bat we have a misleading command. The difference between four and six potatoes is kind of a big deal.  If I use four, the ratio of potato to other stuff will be different than if I use five or six.  Also, how big are these potatoes?  Do I peel them?  Can they be kind of soft like potatoes get when you forget you've had them in the fridge for a while?

Anyway, I rustled up three decent-sized red potatoes and hoped for the best.  Maybe I would add rosemary?  Maybe I would just give up.  But no!  My people wandered for 40 years in the desert and I could stick to this in honor of them.  Also, my roommate kept me well motivated with wine and my new favorite song.

So I was going at the potatoes with the grater, but then it got to the point where I had too many near-finger-amputations to say fuck it, let's just throw this in the food processor. Then I had what looked like a mound of cat food in the bowl - why do potatoes turn pink like that? - so I had no choice but to keep things rolling.

The recipe called for a "finely chopped onion," but who has time for that? Besides, I think it's fun to have differently sized pieces of things floating around in my food.  Then you can play a tableside game such as the classic Is That Onion or a Piece of Wax Paper I Accidentally Forgot to Take Out?

So then I threw in a bunch of oil, two eggs, and a quarterish cup of matzoh meal.  My aunt adds Gruyere to hers, but we added Feta and it was fine.  And also salt.  You have to add salt.  And hot red pepper flakes.  Keeps 'em guessing!

I mixed it all and threw it in the oven.  It's supposed to be on 375 for an hour, but my baking dish was kinda deep so it ended up being like 375 for 45 minutes and then 285 for another 40.

I'm sure Moses would cry, but topped with Sriracha, the shit was delicious.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

OMG Everyone is insane and wears matching panty sets

Thanks to the diligent shoppers over at Sociological Images, I offer you the following "sexualization of girls through advertising history."


Monday, April 11, 2011