Jul 262008
 

Do you have low blood paprika? Every once in a while my husband has a craving for his mother’s Hungarian cooking. Doesn’t every son? So, he decided to make a nice home cooked meal for Shabbat, the beloved Hungarian dish Paprikáscsirke or Chicken Paprikás. There are hundreds of different recipes for this dish and I am sure that every Hungarian mother has their own version of this dish. Hungarian Jews who kept kosher of course omitted sour cream as we did. Make sure that you use a high quality Hungarian paprika for the best results.

Chicken Paprikás

Serving Size: 4 to 6

(Paprikáscsirke)

1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces

2 large onions, coarsely chopped

5 large cloves garlic

3 bay leaves

1/3 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 1/2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp ground paprika (sweet Hungarian, not smoked)

1/2 tbsp ground hot paprika

Salt to taste

1 large red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

1 large green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

Heat the oil, in a large Dutch oven that has a lid. Add the chicken and brown it, remove the chicken to a plate. Add the onion and saute until soft, add the paprika, black pepper, bay leaves, garlic, and stir until the paprika uniformly colors the onion mixture. Saute for approximately 10 minutes. Add the chicken and cover the pot, simmer for about 45 minutes. Add the bell peppers, simmer for an additional 15 minutes and then add the tomatoes. Simmer for another 15 minutes.

Serve over rice, noodles, spaetzle or with dumplings.

http://www.baronesstapuzina.com/2008/07/26/paprika-in-his-veins/

Jul 202008
 
Tunisian Pre-Wedding Sweets

Tunisian Pre-Wedding Sweets

A friend of mine was kind enough to send me some pictures of a Tunisian pre-wedding henna party she attended in honour of her sister-in-law who was married this past week.

North African Jews have kept their traditions, and one of them is to have a henna party prior to the wedding. Depending on what your family or country traditions are, the henna party is either a week or the night before the wedding. Also, it is either a women’s only party or friends and family are invited.

Bride and Groom in Traditional Dress

Bride and Groom in Traditional Dress

This party was attended by males and females and was more than a week before the wedding. It was held at a large event’s hall.

Henna Decorated with Candied Almonds

Henna Decorated with Candied Almonds

 

Brides Mother Applying Henna

Bride's Mother Applying Henna

They had a meal and then afterwards, the bride’s mother put the henna on the hand of the bride and groom as well as those of her family and friends. The henna symbolizes fertility and protects the bride and her family against the evil eye.

Trays of Traditional Biscuits and Sweetmeats

 

Passing out Trays of Sweets

Passing out Trays of Sweets

The brides mother and other family members made trays of traditional biscuits and sweetmeats to give to the guests as a parting gift.

Gift Tent

Gift Tent

The guests presented the bride and groom with gifts of gold and other items.

Tomato Salad with Mushrooms, Olives and Pinenuts

Tomato Salad with Mushrooms, Olives and Pinenuts

 

Walnut and Parsley Salad

Walnut and Parsley Salad

Roasted Eggplant and Tehina

Roasted Eggplant and Tehina

 

Eggplant Stack with Rosemary Plume

Eggplant Stack with Rosemary Plume

 

Fruit of the Gods

Fruit of the Gods

Mousse Cups

Mousse Cups

Mini Bavarians

Mini Bavarians

Creme Caramel

Creme Caramel

Food is always plentiful at the henna celebration, and both men and women dance, sing and eat into the early hours of the morning.

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