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Tomorrow night begins the period of time called "The Nine Days." Coincidentally, it lasts nine days. Tomorrow night is the New Moon of the month of Av. The Ninth Day of Av, or Tisha B'Av, is one of the two major fast days of the year, which means no food or water for twenty-five hours. While Yom Kippur is solemn but joyful, Tisha B'Av is nothing but painful and bad. It commerorates many things, but primarily the two Destructions of the Temple in Jerusalem, which happened on the same day.

We're in the Three Weeks, which is the three week period leading up to Tisha B'Av, during which we do not have weddings or purchase new clothing (or if we do purchase it because to not is to lose the chance, we do not wear it until after it's all over.) No hair cuts, either. These are minor mourning practices.

During the Nine Days, the mourning gets stronger. We do not wear clean clothes (custom is to wear, piece by piece, the outer clothes for those days, before they begin. Just a second is enough. We kinda rub them on the floor.) or bathe unless we are sensitive. We're sensitive. :) We also do not swim for pleasure, or listen to live music, and there are those who avoid canned as well. Men do not shave. And we do not drink wine or eat meat. All of these rules are suspended for Shabbat, of course. More to the point, they are customs, not rules. Which is why we can get around them by wearing clothes ahead of time, or by calling ourselves sensitive, or by arranging required festive meals or taking advantage of them to eat meat during the Nine Days.

Five years ago, for example, good friends of ours had a baby boy, and his bris happened to take place during the Nine Days. We drove down to Maryland from New York...:) What's funny is that the normal stuff served for britot is dairy - bagels and lox and such.

This, then, is why we had beef for dinner last night, and I'm cooking beef now, and we will try to get a meat eal in before sunset tomorrow night.

And this is the true purpose of this post. Any one have a good technique - not a recipe, just a technique - for vegetable curry? Just for something to serve besides fish and pasta.

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Any special veggies work for that?

And give that it's a main course...what is used for protein?

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potatoes and cauliflower work especially well with curry.

as for protein, there's an Indian dish that's mostly lentils that you could serve along side it, but I can't remember what it's called. I'll try and come up with the name and/or a recipe soon.

Oh...was the bris you came down for Aaron's? He turned FIVE last week. I can't believe it.

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Of course it was Aaron!

And I can't believe it, either.

Maybe it's because I only see a lot of these kids once or twice a year, but. Who said they could grow up so fast, huh?

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he's such a great kid. I ran into him at a local restaurant (and his parents and Becky's parents). It was just a few days until his birthday and he was very excited. He's a very animated, intelligent kid. Accident prone, but intelligent! He's had TWO casts already on the same arm. I've never in my life had a broken bone!

Anyway, hopefully you'll come down and see them soon, so I can meet you! :)

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(at least I think so)

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Any veggie that doesn't go mushy fast when cooked. I usually use some combo of carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, mushrooms and celery. Fresh green beans or potatoes would be good. Eggplant and tomatoes probably wouldn't.

For protein-- well, I usually use any leftover meat from the fridge, to be honest. When I don't use meat, I just fill up on the veggies and don't worry about a protein, as I tend to get lots of it in my diet.

You could serve a cheese plate as a first course?

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I'd add chickpeas to the veggies, and serve over rice or another grain; bean + grain = a complete protein.

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That would probably work, though it'd never have occurred to me, as I generally dislike legumes.

Yet another reason I'll never become a vegan.

You could also add paneer (Indian soft cheese cubes) at the last minute, but I'm not sure there's such a thing as kosher paneer available commercially, and I doubt MamaDeb would want to make her own, so I didn't mention it.