April 14th, 2009

Mama Deb

Taking stock

We have enough socks, shirts and underwear to last until Friday which means we don't have to get the laundry done until then. If we didn't, we'd have to do it today, which is not strictly permitted during Pesach except out of necessity.

Pesach 5769 Part 2 I

Note: Pesach is a week long (eight days for those of us outside of Israel.) It begins and ends with a full holiday - two days of holiday here in Exile.

I LOVE the last days of Pesach. They're holidays, there's Yizkor on the second day, there's kiddush and we're still doing all the Pesach restrictions, but there's nothing UNIQUE to them, which makes them unique. After all, we've been cooking pesadich for a week, so we're used to the restrictions and the utensils.

So. What have I done? Currently, I have three large bowls filled with chopped vegetables, and another with mashed potatoes, with a quart container of mashed potatoes off to the side. I have a loaf pan with frozen gefilte fish loaf getting cooked in the oven.

Next step - I wash the potato pot and fill it with lightly sauteéd vegetables and a couple of cans of diced tomatoes, plus water and spices. Vegetable soup. Then I start browning ground beef (I have three pounds of it) in batches while I peel and slice apples. The ground beef will be combined with saute'd onions, frozen spinach, pine nuts, the quart of potatoes, pepper, allspice and eggs, and placed in a baking pan under a cover of egg-soaked matzo. This is dinner tomorrow night - the fish, the soup and the pie. The dessert will be hot apple compote. Then I brown and braise chicken legs, and steam broccoli. This, with the larger amount of mashed potatoes plus three slices of fish will be tomorrow's lunch. We have one guest for lunch and four for dinner.

Dinner tonight? Steak, frozen spinach (I have more) and store-bought kugel. Just us. Lunch on Thursday? My Israeli sister-in-law (it's not yom tov for her anyway, because she's Israeli, plus she's not religious) is bringing a melon. We're having brunch - omelets, fruit, matzo, coffee.
Mama Deb

Pesach 5769 Final Post

All food is either cooked or cooking. All lights are set and my pilot candle is burning.

All I need to do is shower.

I have no idea when I shall be on line again because the new job starts Friday morning at 7:45. We're *hoping* to get the house dePesached Thursday, and I'm not even going to try to make Shabbos - we begged invitations from friends.

Happy Pesach to those who celebrate and enjoy your middle of the week to everyone else!