With just a few days away, this morning Norm and I began preparing in earnest. We made 12 Challot between the two of us, some of which are being shipped to the kids on the East Coast. Since I already had a cake to send to my daughter, I decided to bake Oatmeal Cookies and Ginger Crinkles for my son and daughter-in-law.
I hadn’t spent much time thinking about a menu for the holidays, although I knew dinner would include some standard dishes, like home-made Challot, chicken soup with Kreplach, fish, vegetables, chicken and some type of beef. I needed inspiration for the main courses and last week it arrived in unexpected ways. My Machatenista sent me a link with some recipes, one of which was chicken with dried fruit and honey and so, to my surprise, ( and I am sure to her surprise as well) Nancy ended up helping me with the menu. Then I had lunch with two old friends, one of whom had just lost her Mom. We sat and talked about our children, our mothers, the holidays, and food, and that’s when Anna G. shared her recipe for Goulash. I decided that a stew would help balance some of the sweetness of the meal but I wasn’t quite sure what to serve with it. Always trying to incorporate a dish that my mother would make, I decided to prepare a thick Polish noodle called , which actually means “little hooves”. It is the perfect size, shape and density for a thick hearty stew, a noodle that can “sop” up the sauce. I have to warn you, this is not as quick or easy as it looks, but it did make me feel as if my Mom was in the kitchen with me, for hours and hours.
Shana Tovah to all of you.
The more common version is made with boiled potatoes but this is the way my mother prepared these hearty noodles.
2 Tbs oil
1 Tbs salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups water
6 cups flour and more as needed.
In a bowl mix eggs with oil and add salt and pepper. Mix in water, and gradually add flour till dough is workable. Dough needs to be firm enough to roll into ropes. On a floured board, take a portion of the dough and roll into a 1″ thick rope. Slice on the diagonal, about 1/2″ pieces. Repeat till you have used all of the dough. Toss some flour on the noodles so they don’t stick together.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (throw in some Telma or Osem for extra flavor), and throw in the Kopytka, about 10 at a time. Once they float to the top, cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to cool in one layer on baking sheet. Serves 10 -12.