Dinner with Bubbe . . .
No, not the former CF member Renee known as Bubbe for all you old, old timers. My actual Bubbe, who died in 1977.
Last night I took a hot dinner over to my Dad's house, and sitting there eating it I realized if felt exactly like dinner at my Bubbe's house, because I was serving exactly the kind of meal she would have made and did make. It was baked fish with a butter, lemon dill sauce, loskshen (noodle) kugel, coleslaw, (the sweet and sour kind that hubs doesn't like but he's out of town), and cooked plain green beans. The noodle kugel was slightly dry, using cottage cheese and only slightly sweet topped with butter and cinnamon sugar. Of course my dad thought it needed more sugar so he doused it with some from the sugar bowl . . . ah old times! I like the less sweet kind . . . Bubbe made hers by just adding butter, cinnamon sugar and cottage cheese to hot noodles but mine was a slight variation that was baked and had eggs and sour cream too. I also used twisted dried wide egg noodles but Bubbe would have either made her own or used flatter thinner ones. But the taste was darn close.
The other meal I make when I want to channel Bubbe is a roast chicken, mashed or boiled potatoes, stuffing and home made applesauce. Chicken soup with home made noodles or matzah balls as a starter. I didn't use to like Bubbe's applesauce because I would occasionally find a bit of peel or apple core in it. I was spoiled. She had arthritis pretty bad so cooking became more and more difficult for her as she aged. I was too young to help at first, and later too dumb to realize what was going on. Subsequently I didn't learn some of the things from her that I wish I had.
Bubbe's only memorable baked goods were banana cake or bread, and oatmeal cookies. That's pretty much all I remember, she may have made stuffed cabbage but I didn't like that as a child. She also ate stewed dried fruit but I didn't like that either. I love both dishes now. She had that old school tradition of offering you a piece or two of chocolate candy from a fancy box of candy as your special "dessert." She usually had a fancy candy box on the dining room credenza and I always wanted to sneak one . . .
What meals or dishes do you make that channel a beloved grandparent or revered elder?