Chicken soup is probably the most quintessential Jewish grandmother dish, and my family was no exception. Big pots of golden chicken broth, with whole onions and big chunks of carrot and celery were a common sight in the kitchens of my youth, and a huge bowl of soup is still one of my dad’s favourite comfort food dinners. (He has been known to complain about the inadequately small size of regular soup spoons, preferring Asian style mini-ladles instead). Family gatherings like Passover would see this soup festively enriched with matzo balls —sometimes the dense ‘sinkers’, other times the light ‘floaters’, depending on who was doing the cooking — but always delicious.
Inspired by Ian Mosby‘s talk tonight about his grandmother’s cookbooks (and the likelihood of rain), I’m going to channel my bubbies and make up a big pot of matzo ball soup. I’ll be serving up extra large bowls along with slabs of toasted challah and a tomato and feta salad (another inherited favourite).
#vegan #GF options available
7pm TABLE TALK: Ian Mosby
Author and historian Ian Mosby will be talking about clues to his grandmother’s life gleaned through the notes she made in her cookbooks.
Len Senater is the founder and proprietor of The Depanneur, who happily cooks for his friends and neighbours every Tuesday night.