Mini Bialys, or, as we like to call them, Babialys, are a traditional Polish or Jewish bread product normally made with onions and poppy seeds. Well, maybe the mini part isn’t traditional, but making them smaller means you can eat more, so let’s do it. Now, you might never have had, or perhaps even heard of Bialys before, but don’t let that scare you. They’re similar to a bagel, but without a hole — just a depression filed with caramelized onions. And, they’re tasty! So, let’s scratch up a bunch of Babialys!
Many Sundays we choose a simple, easy lunch. Often, rice and beans. It’s filling, nutritious, and one of our favorites. But, we also like to have a bit of some sort of bread product along side. Often, it’s our homemade bread, but, since we were on vacation, we didn’t bake this past week. So, what to do? And fast. Ideally, we want something that will be done from start to finish in the time it takes to cook brown rice (45 minutes, or so).
Who doesn’t like pretzels and beer? What about pretzels made with beer? We thought that would get your attention. Think about it: you can bring these pretzels on a road trip and enjoy the great taste of an India Pale Ale and pretzels, yet not worry one bit, because all the alcohol bakes out when you make them, so they’re perfectly fine to snack on anytime or anywhere. Naturally, if you’re at home, we suggest that you dip them in a bit of India Pale Ale Mustard, naturally.
We’re not sure about you, but we don’t deep-fry anything. Too messy, and too much trouble. We do pan-fry foods occasionally (Fried Okra, for example), but to fill up a Dutch oven with a gallon of oil, fry enough for two, then do something with the oil afterwards, nope. That’s not for us. Fortunately, you can almost always bake some of those things you’d deep-fry, instead. Yes, we know, they really aren’t the same, and we agree, but, if the choice is between baked or nothing, we’ll, we don’t scratch our heads thinking about that one.
We like to put together small little snacks for a crowd, as long as it isn’t too many people nor too many snacks, as then it becomes overwhelming. So, roughly once a month, we put together a few items for the church social/coffee hour. It gives us the opportunity to try out a few new recipes, figuring that we might get some feedback about how they turned out. This past Sunday, we made a couple of kinds of biscotti — appropriate for coffee hour — and a few other things.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to feed about 35 four- to twelve-year old kids a light lunch or snack. And, it’ll be scheduled for two days after you return from a trip. That’s sort of the deal we accepted when we signed up to be snack chefs for one day at Vacation Bible School. So, before reading on, what would you have made?