Erev Sabbath

There is a lot cooking to get ready for Sabbath.  Here what things look like in my kitchen when the cooking is in full sing

 

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Soon the clean up will begin and then on to relaxing with family and friends……….

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Up by 4am

Today is Monday and my husband, like any Monday, has to go and PT by 5am.  He gets up at 4am and we talk until it is time for him to leave.  Well, today I could not sleep past 2am.  So I needed to find something to do with myself until it was time for him to get up.

Here is what I did:

  1. Washed cloths, (3 loads)
  2. Made his breakfast and packed his lunch
  3. cleaned the living room and dining room
  4. cleaned the stove
  5. washed dishes that were left from last night
  6. reorganized the computer desk
  7. broke down some boxes that have sat for a month
  8. made the bed (once he got up)
  9. sweep and mopped the floor in the bed room
  10. spent some time reading the Tanach

All this before 6:30 am.  Now, what to do with the rest of my day?

I have a new camera and I want to lean how to use it.  My husband got me the Rebel EOS T3i from Canon.  Most of the new pictures on my blog are taken with that camera.  I love it!  I am still leaning how to use it, it can do so much and I don’t want to waste all the features by not using them.

I am planning to go out today and find some really nice shots and share there with you all.  Let’s see what happens………

 

Sunday: Lunch

In the summer I really love salads.  There are so many wonderful things you can do with salads this time of year.  Fruit and vegetables are at its peeks and the freshness you get is beyond measure.

Today after having such a big breakfast I wanted to do something a little lite but refreshing for my husband and I.  I made this wonderful salad; Strawberry Spinach with walnuts.

 

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The sun was shinning so bright we just had to sit out in the backyard and enjoy our lunch over a nice bottle of  Dalton Canaan Red 2011.

They have really great prices!

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Sunday: “leftover Challah”

If you think that Challah is only for Sabbath lunch, think again.  This week I was left with a lot of leftover Challah.  After all, I cooked 8 loaves! hahahahaha

Sunday is a day to clean the house and wash cloths and cook dinner and……..

My husband and I always try to make it a day filled with things we do together.  This Sunday we plan on going to the movie to see Wolverine.  I must say I was looking forward to this all week.

I wanted to make something nice for breakfast so I grabbed a loaf and cut it into slices, nice big beef steak slices.  🙂

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IMG_0179I made some wonderful French Toast.  We loved it.  It was succulent, moist, and very sweet.  My husband was still sleep but the smell of the Challah French Toast woke him and he could not wait to eat.

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We had some fresh yogurt I made with my Ninja.  Breakfast was so good.  Now our day will only get better from here.

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure about lunch yet but I will make something light.  The sun is shinning and I think we should take advantage of the sun.

Hope your Sunday gets off to a great start!

 

Sabbath Dinner 8/3/13

Every Friday morning I am super excited!  Sabbath is coming!  Then, the reality of cooking and cleaning hits me…..:(

I start cleaning around 6 am Friday morning and cooking around 10 am.  Throughout the day, I cook and clean.  It takes a while to get all the work done.  Changing beds, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping and mopping all the floors and cooking two complete three course meals.  Whew, getting tried just thinking about it all.

Although it is a lot of work, I enjoy doing it and look forward to it each week.  Sadness comes when I realize that Sabbath is ending…..:(

This weeks menu was special for me.  I cooked some of the food from my childhood and it reminded me of cooking with my mom in the kitchen on Fridays.  There are things we all have that bring back memories of time past.  It can be a smell, a show, or something as simple as sitting in the backyard.  Memories are a wonderful gift we have from our Creator.  Some are good some are not but it is those good ones that brings joy to our heart.  I often remember baking bread with my mom and her allowing me to knead the dough.

This week I made some of the most special, fantastic food ever!

Pizza with Asparagus.  I never liked eating asparagus so my mom found ways to incorporate it into our food.  She would pair it with something that I loved so that I would eat it.  This pizza has no sauce.  I put olive oil infused with garlic and asparagus with kosher salt and chives and feta cheese.

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I made tuna salad

2 cans albacore tuna in water

1 handful shredded carrots

1 celery stick, diced small

1 handful golden raisins

1/3 cup mayo more if needed)

1 tbsp mustard

juice of 1/2 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

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This so so good.  We loved it.  Adding the raisins was new for me but it really made the flavors come alive.

Roasted garlic hummus.  with Townhouse Flat-bread crisps.

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This was really simple to make.  1 can chickpeas, 1 head of roasted garlic, 1/4 cup EVO, juice of 1 lemon and salt and pepper to taste.

I also made Curry Mock Scallops & Cilantro Rice

It was the highlight of the meal Sabbath.  This rice was light and refreshing.  I used vegetarian scallops (they really tasted good).  curry powder, salt and pepper, butter, rice, cilantro, and lemon juice.  You must try this wonderful dish in your meal.  It was delicious.

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I made a few other things but did not take pictures of.  Silly me, time was getting away from me and needed to get done.

I had a lot of Blueberries and Peaches that I did not want to go to waste so I made a wonderful crumble with them.

Blueberry Peach Crumble

2 cups blueberries, 2 1/2 cups peeled peaches about 6 peaches, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1tsp lemon zest, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 granulated sugar, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour.  for the topping 1/2 cup flour, oats, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and 6 tbsp cold butter diced.

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Took this while it was still in the oven. Time was running out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you Sabbath was as much joy as mine was.