Everything is better with fresh fruit, non? This is a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds that I eat because we had it in the cabinet and the almonds are good for me. It seemed kinda boring, so I added some cut up strawberries and blueberries. Yum!
You guessed it, this is my Mommy’s french toast recipe! Almost, I added cinnamon. Which is all I’m saying, because I have no idea whether or not this recipe is a secret. If it is, I’m glad, because I have very few secret-mommy-recipes, and so this one’s staying close to the chest, at least for now.
So there’s nothing wrong with making Challah for Easter, it is after all a high holiday non? We Catholics are all Jewish anyway, and having been raised half Jewish I have a Challah obsession and love everything about it. Firstly, I love how it tastes. Then I love the tradition. I love that my Great-Grandmother made it, and her Great-Grandmother probably did too. I love that it is special, and for special occasions, and if I were a good Jewish wife/mother I’d make it every week, but there’s time for that yet!
The other thing I love to do with Challah is give it away. Bread is an amazing gift, and I highly recommend giving it to people during holidays, or just generally. I learned recently that another Jewish tradition is to never show up to someone else’s house empty handed. When I first heard that, I suddenly realized that it had been ingrained in me for years and I have hated going to visit family or friends empty-handed but never knew why it bothered me so much. Whelp, guess it’s genetics, or more likely the fact that my parents always bring something when they go a-visiting. In any case, challah is a great thing to bring. Or any kind of bread, really.
Anyways we’re getting too far off topic… I made this recipe with my hopefully-future-mother-in-law, and we mostly used this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. We didn’t do raisins or seeds, and we used a combination of butter and vege oil (the olive is too strong tasting in my opinion). Oh and yeah, we didn’t ACTUALLY do all the waiting and kneading and waiting more and kneading more. Well sort of we did, we kind of cut the times etc to make sure the bread was ready by dinner time. Let me assure you, the more time you let challah rise and punch it down, the better it is. Cutting corners will only give you worse bread, but it is worse CHALLAH, which is so amazing to begin with, that sometimes it’s worth it to have it ready on time.
Hi I’m Michelle and I’m going to a mommy! Really soon actually, like maybe tomorrow, or maybe in three weeks when the baby is due. These things aren’t up to me, and I like it that way. Tonight I spent three hours shopping online for crib bedding and became so deliriously sick of debating between shabby chic and gender neutral that I decided to start this blog.
I’m excited about it and looking forward to sharing my life and ideas with the world. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, and not only since it’s a damn good alternative to Facebook. For now we’ll start small, and see how things go. I’ll post as often as I feel like it, and I’m sure that’s how often you’ll visit too. Enjoy, and God bless!