Whip it Up Week 3!!!

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Mmm Mmm Old Favorites!!

I thought about this one for awhile, because it would have been super easy for me to take a cookie recipe from my mom, or something along those lines. But I started the Whip it Up challenge to get away from always baking and never cooking, so I thought about it some more and then looked down at a package of Matzoh that’s been lying around our apartment. I would make Matzoh Brei!!!

Matzoh Brei is something usually reserved for Passover, when nothing leavened it eaten. Jews need something to sustain them, so the matzoh combinations are endless!! (Matzoh pizza yum!) Anyway, my mom makes the BEST Matzoh Brei, and my grandma used to make it too. πŸ™‚

Matzoh Brei
(Hot soaked, pancake-style)

  • 3 matzohs
  • 2 large eggs (I used 3)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Break matzohs and soak in boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry (I just kind of shook dry). Add eggs, salt and pepper to taste.

Heat butter (or margarine) in skillet. Taking tablespoon fulls of batter at a time, fry, patting the center down a bit. When brown on one side, turn and fry on the other.

Serve with cinnamon, cinnamon-sugar, honey, syrup or even ketchup. (Dave tried one with honey, and one with ketchup, and liked it with ketchup better. I prefer mine with just a little salt and pepper.) πŸ™‚

I also decided to make Israeli salad, which I first in well, Israel! It is served with basically EVERY meal, and is very simple and yummy! (If you like cucumber and tomato.)
Israeli Salad – from Recipe Zaar

  • 4 small plum tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/2 fresh parsley (I omitted)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (I omitted)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill (I used dill from my spice rack)
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice of (I used lemon juice, not from a fresh lemon)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Finely chop the vegetables. Lightly mix with the remaining ingredients. Serve at room temperature.

Ta-da!

Matzoh Brei and Israeli Salad

Was the recipe easy to follow?
Yes, both were. I’m not a fan of when a recipe only lists the ingredient, and doesn’t tell you how much to use, but I guess that just makes you learn how to become a better cook.

Next time I think I would add a little more tomato to balance out the Israeli salad, and a little more scallion.

Did the dish taste good?
I have to say, my Matzoh Brei tasted just like my mom’s and grandma’s. Go me! And the Israeli Salad was refreshing and had just the right amount of lemon juice and dill.

Would you make it again?
Yes. Besides the chopping of the ingredients, the salad was extremely easy to make. And for the Matzoh Brei, I think with each time it would get better, so I would definitely make it. On nights that you want to eat in, but don’t want to make a huge meal, it’s great!

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Comments

  1. Arielle says:

    I hate matzah brei! I know, I’m a bad Jew.

  2. Ooh, good choices! I thought about doing pot stickers or something for this week, but my mom never made them for us (more like ordered them from hole-in-the-wall restaurants), and I would have cheated with wonton wrappers.

  3. distractedspunk says:

    You should come to my aunt’s house. She makes the best Israeli salad I have ever tasted. (It helps that we’re Israeli.)

    And yes, better than the salads I had in Israel!

  4. I love matzah brie, except we always called it fried matzah. Your name definitely sounds more jewish.

    Oh Israeli salad…I remember on my last day in Israel I swore I would never eat cucumber and tomatoes ever again. They even had it at McDonald’s!

  5. Katelin says:

    oh that sounds so tasty. mmmmm.

  6. I love matzah brei even though I am a non-Jew. I will take Arielle’s portion.

  7. I made matzo brei myself for the first time when I decided to go kosh for passover this year… it came out pretty good. love it. oh, and I LOVE israeli salad too! πŸ™‚

  8. Dan Mega says:

    Are us of the non-Jew type allowed to make this? Sometimes I wish I was Jewish, they get all the cool cookery.

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