Foodie: Confessions of a Wannabe Chef
22 April 2008,
and recipe from Norene's
'till you drop or until your guests do. I am on a cooking journey. A
pinch of cookbooks, tablespoons of new foods, cups of recipes and a
handful of mistakes to share.
few months ago my mom was going through my late grandmother's
belongings. Do you want her copy of Second
Helpings Please? Yes! That was what I wanted most.
I wanted the cookbook by Norene Gilletz. I wanted to be part of my
grandmother's marvelous cooking. These were the recipes that my
grandmother called her own. My mom, my aunt, everyone in my family had
a copy of this book and I wanted one too.
time I want some Jewish home cooking, I reach for the book.
For the Passover Seder, it was my dictionary; every recipe that I
needed was there. In a recent
post I told you about what I made for Passover. Last minute, I
ended up making a mashed potato kugel and an apple kugel (a
kugel is a kind of Jewish Casserole). I used only the ingredients
that I had at home.
Norene's recipes are simple, easy and tasty in the most comforting way
When I need something that will make me feel good but I don't have the
patience to work for hours in the kitchen, Norene's book saves the
just got a copy of Norene's
Healthy Kitchen, a healthy recipe treasure chest.
lot of Norene's recipes are Jewish recipes but by far not all of them.
Her recipes are kosher which in this case means that they don't
contain milk and meat in the same recipe.
There are loads of helpful hints with the recipes, nutritional facts
and health tips. Lately I have been trying to eat healthy grains and
this book has so many recipes for quinoa, barley, bulgur and every
other grain you can think of. I definitely recommend this book for
anyone but especially for cooks who like to eat healthy but don't have
the time or patience to slave in the kitchen.
other interesting recipes in the book.... Whole wheat Challah, Kasha
(buckwheat chili) and Confetti Vegetable Strudel.
more of Norene's recipes or to order her book, click
decided to share this recipe for Couscous Mediterranean-Style.
This recipe was so easy that I made it while on the phone with an old
friend. My husband and I kept sneaking back to the pot to get a little
tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic (about 2 tb minced)
1 and 1/2 cups couscous
1 tsp ground cumin
3 cups of hot vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 a cup raisins or currants (I used currants)
1/2 a cup dried apricots or dates (I used dates)
salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup of chopped parsley or mint
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts (I used pecans because I burnt the pine nuts
that I had, while on the phone) or slivered almonds
Heat oil in a large, deep skillet on medium heat. Add onions, red
pepper and garlic; saute for 6-7 minutes or until golden.
2. Stir in the couscous and cumin and cook for 2 minutes longer or
until golden. Slowly add the hot broth and bring to a boil. Reduce
heat to low, cover and simmer for 10- 12 minutes or until the couscous
3. Stir in the raisins, apricots, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with
parsley and pine nuts and serve.
Yield: 8 servings, keeps up to 3 days in the refrigerator, reheats
well. Freezes well up to 2 months.
264 calories per serving, 43.7 carbohydrates, 3.9 grams of fiber, 6
grams of protein and there is even more nutrition information in the
- Eat Your Way to Good Health
by Norene Gilletz
by: Whitecap Books
CDN $34.95, paperback
8" x 9", 512 pages
colour photographs throughout