Tuesday, May 13, 2008


I don't get it. I really don't.

I don't get how I made it to less than one week shy of my thirty-fifth birthday without ever having bought a food processor.

I've been grating all those potatoes and carrots by hand because... because... well, I don't know. Because my mother did. Because my grandmother did. It was sort of like the car and the dishwasher--you don't miss what you never had.

Well, this year I decided to buy myself a birthday present. I got the slicer/shredder attachment for my Bosch, and yesterday got around to taking the blade attachments to the keilim mikva. Then I put the whole thing together this afternoon and tried it out.

Now I want to shred every vegetable in the house.

This thing is so cool. And so fast! You all know this already, right? That food processors chop vegetables up for you?! Somehow or other, over the last five hundred shabbosim or so, I never quite caught on to that.

Anyway, so, this is what we had for dinner. Barak calls it zucchini noodles. No noodles involved, though.

Zucchini noodles a la Bosch

8 small zucchini, grated on fine grater blade
half an onion, ditto
6 oz whole mushrooms, ditto

6 eggs, beaten with immersion blender until frothy

mix all the above together with:

the remaining matzo farfel from Pesach (1-2 cups or so)
salt and pepper
a shake of onion powder
a few tablespoons of vegetable oil

Mix and spread into 3 8 x 8 pans. Sprinkle one with mozzarella cheese for tonight's dinner; leave the other two parve to put in the freezer for Shabbos. Bake on 350 for an hour.



shanna said...

I'm somehow not surprised that a woman who enjoys spinning her own yarn would also tend to grate her vegetables by hand. That said: welcome to the twentieth century.

LC said...

Hee hee. OK, I happily mix and knead 5 - 7+ pounds of flour into challah dough by hand (your Bosch sounds like a dream, but there's already no kitchen counter space, and for sure no storage space), and barely use my small Cuisinart, but, um, yeah, that's the *only* way to make potato kugel.

My mom and grandma grated potatoes by hand, but I was only around to watch if it was for latkes, and there weren's *that* many potatoes involved (4? 6?) - I make potato kugel by the 5 lb bag to minimize the number of days I need to peel those silly, lumpy potatoes.

I actually pulled the Cuisinart out last week to *make* broccoli slaw, as the brands I can find pre-made these days have no kosher certification. Did you know that grating red pepper leds to mush? At least I don't taste it that way :) I have now used the Cuisinart 3x in the last week.

miriamp said...

You're kidding, right? I have even have a separate food processor for Pesach! Gets used once, maybe twice that week, but I wouldn't make Pesach (willingly) without it!

Glad you're enjoying it. Sounds like how I felt when I finally upgraded to stand mixer from hand-held. I can make egg whites whip without standing there holding up the mixer! I started using it for everything. I think I might still have the hand mixer somewhere, but I haven't touched it in years.

Although I still mix my challah by hand, because I make more than my poor 4.5 qt Kitchen Aid can handle.

Immersion blender, though... Do I need one of those? Somehow I've managed just fine without it all this time, but then, so did you without a food processor.

harmless-drudge said...

miriamp, I live for my immersion blender. Seriously.

One question, uberimma: are you taking the Bosch with you to Israel? If not, you will appreciate it all the more upon your return.