Since being on this journey I’ve notice many things I am not able to do anymore. They’ve never bothered me but for some reason today they seem to cloud my thoughts.
I spend hours cooking for Shabbat only to have that wonderful meal either dried up from over heating with dry heat, or cold. Either way, by the time we eat it is not as pleasant as it would have been when I first cooked it. Our Friday night Shabbat meal is the best. Every thing is hot out of the oven and fresh. We really enjoy all the wonderful things I’ve spent the whole day cooking. But on Sabbath afternoon, that is not the case. Most of the food, with the exception of what’s int he crock-pot, is cold, or over cooked. I’m able to keep rice nice and warm because I have a rice cooker and it has a warm setting. But sometimes even that is hard on the bottom. All in all, the Sabbath afternoon meal, which should be special, is far to often unpleasant.
I’ve done my research on the internet looking for ways to keep food warm. There is something known in the Jewish community as a Bleach (click to view). I have not tried it due to the cost. I plan to get one soon in hopes it will solve this issue. There is also something known as a Warming Tray, (click to view). I’m sure many outside the community know about this tray. I plan on getting one soon as well.
I visited a friend recently in Baltimore, most of you know her from http://rivkamalka.com/, and found that all her food was wonderful, delicious and surprisingly warm (something I’ve yet to master). As many of you know I don’t eat meat but the chicken looked really good on her table. If I was a meat eater, I would have tried it. 🙂 I wanted to ask her how she was able to keep all her food so fresh and warm for that long, alas, I did not ask.
I did , however notice that she had this amazing contraction on her stove. It looked homemade and was metal, I think. It seemed to span from the top of the stove to the oven. It seemed to me that with this one could have the oven on warm and the metal would heat up causing the items on it to stay warm. I often find that making things yourself can save lots of money but also last a lot longer. I need to ask her one day because these are only my observations and I could be wrong.
I also miss……wow, trying to think of something and there is nothing I can think of. As you can see there is not a lot I’ve missed after all and in-spite of my food issue, I have faith it will work out once I learn and understand better how it is all done by the masters like many of my friends are able to do. Well, until next time, keep smiling and enjoying your journey in Judaism!