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Things "hidden" in traditional celebratory foods?

Oh, and not a tradition but I took a seminar in college once in which each person had to bring a treat to class. Whoever brought the treat would hid a little monkey inside whatever he brought, and whoever got it had to bring treats for the next class :)

Dec 18, 2011
fooding in General Topics

Things "hidden" in traditional celebratory foods?

Growing up in Argentina, we had two "hidden item" traditions.

One, probably similar to the French tradition you mention, is the "rosca de Reyes", a pastry eaten for 3 Kings Day. Bakers usually include a little trinket inside. I'm not sure if finding it means anything, but it's cool :-)

Now, wedding cakes in Argentina have (or had, when I was growing up) ribbons coming out of them. Each ribbon is tied to a small trinket, but one in particular is tied to a ring. Before the cake is eaten all the guests get to pull at the ribbons, and whoever gets the ring will get married next.

Dec 18, 2011
fooding in General Topics

Too much brisket

Well, we ended up being 9 meat-eating adults, plus a lot of children, but I don't know if they ate anything. All the adults loved both versions of the briskets I made. I'd say when all is said and done, about 2/3rds of the brisket was eaten, so now I have lots of leftovers. Fortunately, both briskets came out great, so that's definitely not a bad thing. It'll take care of dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.

Thanks all!

Dec 18, 2011
fooding in Home Cooking

Too much brisket

I thought I had posted this but maybe not. Well, I made 8lb worth of brisket last night, and I could not believe how much it shrunk! It was incredible. So I'm making the rest today, using a different recipe (I wasn't crazy about the one last night). I know it won't have time to rest, but c'est la vie.

The party will have about 8 adults and 11 children, 12 and under. I actually doubt the kids will eat much brisket, in my experience kids are not crazy about beef (though growing up in Argentina that's all I ate as a child). I'm also making a TON of latkes, and hopefully someone will bring a salad :-) Yeah, I should have more variety of food - I was looking at my first Hanukkah celebration many years ago and had at least 5 more dishes - but I have kids, I no longer have the energy to cook :-)

Dec 17, 2011
fooding in Home Cooking

Too much brisket

After hunting around for brisket (it's surprisingly difficult to find around here), my husband wanted to make sure we had enough for our Hanukkah party and he got a 16-pounder. That's about twice what we'll need. I want recommendations of what to make with the rest. I don't have a smoker, but I don't necessarily want to braise all of it. Does it work well for ground beef? Thanks!

Dec 16, 2011
fooding in Home Cooking

Carnivore's Restaurant in Nairobi

I went to Carnivore in early March (2008). Indeed, they no longer save game meat save for crocodile (which tasted somewhat fishy). We still had a very good time, though. They bring huge chunks of meat to the table and cut you/give you a portion. One round is enough to fill you up, but it's all you can eat so you can have seconds (though you may have to chase the waiter). The meats are pretty good, specially by Kenya standards, and the restaurant is quite nice. That said, it was pretty quiet when we went, as tourists had not yet gone back to Kenya.

Mar 22, 2008
fooding in Middle East & Africa

Guerneville weekend - tips?

I love Arista winery. The wines are fine, but the garden is just gorgeous. I'd definitely recommend you go there. In Guerneville we stayed at the West Sonoma Inn, great hotel if you can get one of the remodeled rooms. We ate at the restaurant across the street from there, but I don't remember the name. The food was good, nothing extraordinary. Martinelli's is a really good winery with artisan wines, I'd definitely stop there.

Good place for dinner w/ kids in Oak/Berkeley

Also Spettro in Oakland, pretty kid friendly