|Cakes by Natalie Caludio-Elpek|
I recently attended a fun potluck bat mitzvah/ farewell party. Adi, who has moved to Maryland to attend med decided to have the bat mitzvah she had missed out on at the traditional age of 12. I was so happy to be part of this special event. We all wished Adi well with singing, dancing and lots of eating! A fun time was had by all. There was brisket, homemade challah, BBQ shrimp, delicious cakes... TWO chocolate cakes! Oy vey!
This was opportunity to break out a couple of kugel recipes I had in the filed. Kugel means "sphere or ball" in German and the dish can be savory or sweet. Most kugels are in a rectangle baking dish these days. Here is a great reference to ten kugel recipes. I have made a noodle kugel before with butter noodles. Since I am trying to eat a little healthier and I stress 'little'.. I created an alternative to a traditional noodle kugel which usually consists of sour cream, butter noodles, cottage cheese, lots of butter.. it is absolutely delicious! Check out Smitten Kitchen's Noodle Kugel. My soba kugel came out good. I may tweak it a little and try adding more liquid next time to make the kugel more fluffy.
All of the photos in this post were taken by the talented and creative, Aparna Das (Pampi) of Third Eye Fell. Check out the latest dance/art performances. There is a dance performance this Saturday!
1 package of soba noodles
1 8 oz. container mascarpone cheese
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup shredded zuchinni
1 teaspoon minced ginger
approx. 2 tabespoons chopped chives
panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven 350 degrees farenheit. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside in large bowl. Beat eggs and add in mascarpone. Whip until well blended about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add in chopped chives to egg mixture and a little soy milk or regular milk. Add in ginger and mix with noodles. Place noodle mixture in a baking dish and bake until sides are golden brown.