All Friday is dedicated to getting ready for Shabbat (the Sabbath, ours is on Saturday). The tasks start on Thursday, laundry day. My main job is laundry: washing, drying, folding, and ironing. I was very excited when I was able to do the laundry on my own since being clobbered by lupus nephritis. For a long while I was not able to stand on the stool to put the clothes into the dryer (our dryer is stacked on top of the washer). Now I can stand on it without getting dizzy. Since I can’t reliably fold clothes or iron, only getting clothes into the washer and dryer rate 100% for the day. If I fold and/or iron I earn bonus points. Recently I’ve been trying to add in cleaning bathrooms and dusting. But that happens on a rare occasion. It’s still on hubby’s list.
Friday remains cooking day. We basically have 2 dinner parties: one Friday night and one Shabbat morning (around 11:15 or 11:30). For those meals we have fresh baked bread called challah, a fish course with lots of salads, a soup coarse with vegetarian soup so I can eat it without guilt, a main course with meat or chicken, vegetables, potatoes or rice, and something vegetarian for me. Then we have dessert.
This Shabbat we are going out for dinner and it’s just me and hubby for lunch. When this happens the meal gets scaled back good deal. We’ll have fresh baked challah and salads, but hubby will already have eaten fish at another event in the morning. The soup is a red kidney bean curry soup with lots of Indian spicing. I’ll serve vegetable muffins with the soup. The main dish is stuffing wrapped around the outside of turkey and topped with beef sausage. It smells really good – too bad I can’t eat it. Dessert is fruit – if we have any room.
To give you an idea of our salads here are some regulars:
- Hummus (made with chickpeas)
- Eggplant with Tahina
- Cucumber and onion
- Green tossed salad
- Zhoug (a green hot Yeminite relish made with cilantro and parsley and hot peppers)
- Matboucha (a relish with roasted red peppers, tomato and spicing)
- Fennel and Matzah salad (with loads of garlic and parsley)
- Fennel and lemon (shredded fennel dressed with lemon, lemon zest and olive oil)
- Potato salad (Syrian style with onion, parsley, and olive oil)
- Olives, green and black, marinated or oil cured
There are more that I make – this is just a sample. The other thing I serve with the salad is hot olive oil with fresh garlic chips simmering in it. It is heavenly to spread it on the fresh challah.
I’m not that good with a camera. Everything tends to be blurry or focused on the wrong this. So, I don’t have pictures. Someday I’ll get hubby to take some pictures so you can see what I’m making.
Have a Shabbat Shalom (Sabbath Peace) and a great weekend.