Our Next Pop Up will be Sunday February 15, 2015! And as a reminder we’re under the Star-k! We’ll post more information soon – or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We’ve sold out of the 3 previous pop-ups, so make your reservation early.
As a reminder – we’re under Star-K and we just spent a fantastic evening at the TA Ladies Tea – it was gorgeous. We demonstrated watermelon cubes, stuffed mini potatoes and piped toffuti (sweet and savory). Pictures soon to follow.
Thank you so much for sharing your simchas with us. We have been doing a number of bar and bas mitzvahs. We just did a bar mitzvah this week – with Mulligatawny soup – it’s a red lentil based with bold flavors – and was simply amazing. We did a bas mitzvah with everything mini! Mini Pies, Mini Mousse, Mini cakes, mini quinoa salad, mini couscous salad and more! Please seee the picture….
We will be catering Thanksgiving again this year! The menu is subject to change. Orders must be made by Sunday before Thanksgiving. Pick up will be on Wednesday.
Thanksgiving Menu (please order as soon as you know and by Sunday the 24th at noon – delivery and pickup will be on Wednesday before Thanksgiving):
- Whole Turkey with Stuffing (for 12-14 people): $120
- FAMOUS Spinach Dip, Carrot Ginger dip, or Cilantro Pesto – $7 small tub, $12 large tub
- Steamed String Beans: $3 a serving
- Grammy Margaret’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce – $2 a serving
- Sweet potatoes (with marshmallow on top) – $3 a serving
- Berry and Nut Rice: $2 a serving
- Fresh Steamed Broccoli – $4 a serving
- Corn, Red Pepper and Hearts of Palm Salad: $8 for a quart
- Pumpkin Pie – $15 for 9 inch, $20 for 10 inch
- Apple Pie – $15 for 9 inch, $20 for 10 inch
- Peanut Butter Truffle Brownie: $15 for 9 inch tin
For orders over $150 and in the eruv, there is free delivery. For orders under $150 there is a $10 delivery charge or you can pick up.
The Taste of Menucha went amazingly well! Thank you to all of the volunteers, and sponsors who helped. We will be posting pictures shortly.
- Spinach Dip
- Cilantro Pesto Dip
- Carrot Ginger Dip
- Roasted Red Pepper Dip
The dips are not only delicious but versatile. They can be used with challah, on top of spaghetti, as a base for salad dressings (and some people even eat them straight!). Dips $4 for 1 cup size and $7 for 2 cup size:
- Tri-Colored Gefilte Fish: $35
- Ethiopian Pumpkin Soup: $7.50 for 4 cups
- Chicken stuffed with pastrami: $10 per serving (1/4 of a chicken)
- Roasted Chicken (herbed or honey fruit) – $10 per portion (1/4 of a chicken)
- Ethiopian Chicken Stew $10 per portion
- Roasted Salami (with apricot and mustard sauce): $50
- Granny Harriet’s Brisket (tangy, and yummy) $15
- Ethiopian Squash Stew: $20 for 4
- Ethiopian Teff Crepe: $2 each
- Ethiopian Cabbage Stew: $20 (serves 4)
- Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew: $20 (serves 4)
- Pumpkin Kugel: $20 for 9×13
- Apple Kugel: $20 for a 10 inch tin
- Basmati Rice $15 (feeds 4)
- Lemon Bars $15 for a 9×13 tray
- Chocolate Decadence Cake – $30 for a 10 inch circle tin
- Peanut Butter Truffle Brownie $15 for 9 inch circle tin
- Apple Honey Cake Trifle $65 (in a trifle bowl with layers of cake, cream, almonds and honey)
Paula Shoyer was at Linda Lebovic’s Swirl’s Best Picks. She has just come out with a cookbook (The Holiday Kosher Baker) and will come out with another right before Pesach (The New Passover Menu in Februrary 2015). I enjoyed meeting her so much – first of all, she’s fascinating (lived in Switzerland as a diplomat, then turned to cooking, ran a cooking school, catering company and now she’s writing cookbooks), filled with a joie de vivre, and her recipe is delicious! I had the opportunity to make it for the Swirl event. I’ve included her recipe below with my comments. My comments are marked by  and “Obs” (which stands for observation).
Babka Bites: Reprinted with permission from Sterling Publishing
Makes 46- 48 bites
- ¼ cup warm water
- ½ ounce (2 envelopes) dry yeast
- ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- dash salt
- 4 tablespoons margarine, at room temperature for 15 minutes [Obs: NOT JOKING - if you don't have the margarine at room temperature it will not be "liquid" enough to handle the flour - then you'll have to add water to make up for it].
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 large egg plus one white
- ½ cup (1 stick) margarine, at room temperature for 30 minutes
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips [Obs: I didn't have mini chocolate chips, so I melted chocolate and and then added it to the cocoa - and I really liked how this turned out - it made the filling gooey]
Place warm water, yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and let sit 10 minutes, until the mixture bubbles and thickens.
[Obs: I don't do this - if your yeast is good (i.e. active) it will work. This step is to ensure your yeast isn't dead - if your yeast is dead and you don't do this step, then the dough won't rise, so that's why most people do it so they don't have to toss out the whole dough and start over - if your yeast is dead, you can throw it out and get a new package].
Add the ¼ cup sugar, flour, salt, margarine, oil, egg and egg white. Combine with a wooden spoon or a dough hook in a stand mixer until all the ingredients are mixed in. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise 1 ½ hours.
Meanwhile, make the filling. Place the margarine into a medium or large bowl and beat until creamy. Add the cocoa and sugar and beat until combined. Cover with plastic and let sit at room temperature while the dough is rising.
Preheat oven to 325°F. Place mini muffin papers into a 12- cup mini muffin pan. You will need to bake in batches.
[Obs: I did not use mini muffin papers. If you do use them, they're going to look cuter. I just put them in rows right next to each other on a cookie sheet. First, I didn't have mini muffin papers, and secondly, I didn't want to bake them in batches - I thought that would take longer than I had. As I did it, I doubled the recipe, and filled up 1.5 cookie sheets. These turned out fantastic, by the way.]
Divide dough in half. On a large piece of parchment paper [Obs: I used tin foil which I sprayed with cooking spray - I didn't need any extra flour] or other surface sprinkled with a little flour, roll each piece of dough into a 9 X 12 rectangle so that the 12-inch side is facing you. Sprinkle a little flour on the rolling pin if the dough starts to stick to it. Use a silicone spatula [Obs: I used a spoon, I had to sometimes take some of the chocolate mixture off the spoon, but I don't have a silicone spatula, so I couldn't use one] to spread ½ of the chocolate filling all the way to the edges [Obs: if you don't go to the edges, you'll have some dough without filling, and nobody wants to eat that]. Sprinkle ½ of the chocolate chips all over the chocolate filling and roll up tightly the long way [Obs: again, I had already melted and added the chocolate chips to the chocolate filling]. Cut into ½-inch slices and place one into each of the muffin cups, cut side up. You will have about 24 slices.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Repeat for the other dough. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store covered at room temperature for up to four days or freeze for up to three months.
[Obs: if you put them in the fridge they get harder - so keep them at room temperature for a yummier eating experience].
My husband said this was the best babka he ever tasted.
Leba D. Photography does amazing work! Here are some pictures from one of our weddings:
Sweet and Good Catering is a full service caterer – we will be pleased to help you come up with a menu for your next event! We’re under the Star-k and our focus is on delicious, gorgeously presented food.
Leba Dinovitz took some stellar pictures. She was amazing, as was Tzivi D. – the food stylist…. first picture being the delicious delectable chocolate mousse in a chocolate cup.
Our Indian Samosa – (Leba D. Photo) always a fan favorite appetizer.
7 Spiced Seared Tuna -(Leba D. photo) another fantastic appetizer – normally served with a dot of wasabi cream.
Always a good time for sushi (Leba D. photo)
One of our signature dishes – the zucchini weave with cous cous inside (although sometimes it’s rice, quinua or stuffing – photo by Leba D).
Welcome to Sweet and Good Catering! It’s Kosher and always fun. Check us out to find out more!