Category Archives: Food

School soup

Chop (dice) and sauté in olive oil:

  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 4 leeks
  • 18 carrots

After the vegetables are soft, add

  • 8 sweet potatoes, chopped up
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 16 cubes “Organic Gourmet” vegetable bouillon cubes(with salt)
  • 32 cups of water

Cook for about an hour until all vegetables are soft

Then add, chopped up,

  • 2-3 bunches of Broccoli, cut as you prefer
  • 4-6 carrots, if you want more – cut as you prefer
  • 1 Cabbage, cut up or torn up by the children
  • 1 bunch of Kale leaves without the stems, cut or torn by the children
  • 2 cups of Quinoa

Cook for ½ hour or so.

Kosher Gummi Bears from Amazon.com

B000FH15SY.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg I just got a 16-pack of Planet Harmony Organic Fruit Bears from Amazon.com’s new Grocery service for a mere 15 bucks. It arrived in two short days because it was elligible for Amazon Prime; Amazon.com is actually stocking inventory for grocery items and not just acting as a conduit for 3rd-party supermarkets like Gristedes.

Plus, these gummi bears have a hechsher from Rabbi Eli Frankel’s Kosher Certification Service.

Sweet. (pun intended)

Chaat

Ever since we moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area, one of my favorite places to eat has been Amber India Restaurant in Mountain View. I was delighted to find papri chaat and pav bhaji on the menu. My colleagues in India call it “Indian junk food”. I call it delicious.

This past week’s Chronicle has an article entitled “It’s time to have a little chaat” which lists a half-dozen local restaurants that specialize in chaat. Next time we’re in Berkeley we’ll have to check out Viks Chaat Corner and see how it stacks up to Amber.

In the meantime, I can always remind myself of the goodies I ate last May.

La Fondue

fondue.jpg Gabriel and Rachel are visiting from the Twin Cities, so we went out to dinner at La Fondue in Saratoga. Ben & Lisa arrived late, but there was plenty of cheese and chocolate leftover.

We ordered a la carte since dipping vegetables in hot oil didn’t appeal to us (I suppose that phase of the meal is more appealing to meat eaters) and we were more focused on the “appetizer” course of the meal (dipping veggies and bread cubes into pots of hot cheese) and the dessert course (dipping fruit, cake, cookies and marshmallows into pots of hot chocolate). Very yummy. We’ll probably go back for dessert the next time we have out-of-town visitors

. After 10pm you can get seated just for dessert for $8/person.

That’s a lot of chili peppers!

One of the many dishes I did not eat tonight:

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Looks like it was 50% beef, 50% chili peppers. The entire conference (over 100 engineers) went out to dinner after a pretty full day of presentations. They stuck the two vegetarians (me and Tej) at the same table and gave us over a dozen dishes, but still managed to put another two dozen meat dishes on the table for the other 8 folks.

The schedule is pretty packed tomorrow, and I’m speaking again on Thursday, so it looks like I won’t get to do any sightseeing until Friday.

Amy’s Kitchen Kosher Certification

amys-vegetable-lasagna.jpg I’ve often seen Amy’s Kitchen vegetarian frozen meals at supermarkets but haven’t purchased them in the past because they didn’t display a hekhsher. Ariella sent email on Sunday to ask if they’d consider getting rabbinic supervision and they replied back with some good news:

Amy’s Kitchen’s Kosher certification is from Rabbi Dov Hazdan of Ner Tamid K in Staten Island, NY. Amy’s became certified in November of 2003. With one exception, Amy’s products are certified as Kosher Dairy or Kosher Pareve as noted below. The Low Sodium Marinara is the only Amy’s Kitchen product that is not certified Kosher due to the presence of non-kosher red wine vinegar.

I guess they haven’t updated their packaging yet, but they did put a note in their FAQ. I guess it’s been asked frequently enough that it deserves a spot in the FAQ!

The consumer relations rep went so far as to send us a list of their kosher products, which I’ll post here.

These products are Kosher Pareve. They contain no dairy or meat ingredients: