Last night’s sponge cake cooled in the pan overnight and it did not fall! What I learned is that it is better to beat the egg whites to a slightly stiffer consistency before incorporating them into the yolks. Also, remember to tap the cake pan on the counter before placing it in the oven to eliminate any air pockets. Of course, we haven’t tasted it yet.
As I mentioned yesterday, my plan was to go to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market this morning and at 8:00 A.M. I headed over with my good friend Fredda and my daughter Shira. Here is what we found: pink cherry blossoms, lilacs, rainbow radishes, purple carrots, strawberries, swiss chard, brown eggs, asparagus, basil, zucchini blossoms, mint, kale, golden nugget mandarins, turnips, sweet potatoes, baby heirloom tomatoes, parsnips and ice cream (for tonight). I am apparently going to separate and bake the kale leaves to make kale chips, a request from my daughter. That should be interesting. The squash blossoms and chard are going to be sautéed with basil, garlic, and olive oil (separately). I am putting the carrots, tomatoes and radishes on the Seder table for people to snack on before the meal is served. The sweet potatoes are for the tzimmis and the herbs are going to be minced with olive oil and garlic for the chicken.
NOTE: Here is the recipe that I used for Kale Chips. Everyone seemed to enjoy having something healthy and crunchy to snack on after the blessing for Karpas.
I hope that all of you have a Chag Sameach and I look forward to writing again soon.
April 8, 2010 at 2:11 AM
You are my new Epicurious. I made these kale chips Friday afternoon before the girls came for dinner .. . they were GONE before we even sat down. I couldn’t believe how delicious they are – – and with no guilt.
April 3, 2010 at 3:03 PM
Are the lilacs in bloom already?? Let me know how the kale chips come out. Everything sounds delicious. Will miss being there.
March 29, 2010 at 5:48 PM
So nice to get a comment from you!!! Go tweet something to inspire us all for the holiday!!
Love to you and your family as well.
March 29, 2010 at 5:31 PM
Hi Irene, i am going to roast asparagus for the family seder!!!!!!! Then make a fruit crisp, i am off to search the local mexican market for produce, don’t feel like braving the glatt markets today!!!!!
My kitchen is kashered! My body is sore but the place looks like it is different, set apart, for this week, xo to you an david for all the Hashgahah,
XO to you, norm, shira, et al at the seder!!!