Entries in Shabbat (3)


Fall Plans

Its such an odd Sukkot this year. The weather has hit triple digits (104 in Beverly Hills yesterday!) and we don't have a sukkah this year due to construction on our building. So we've been either going to friends' sukkot or using the sukkah at the Beit Knesset. I'm really having a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit. Needless to say, Sukkot will be a big deal next year and every year after!

This has given me time to think about our fall activities, though. There are always so many things I want to do and it seems like I either miss the opportune time or other things hijack my plans. So I tried to think of a dozen things I want to do in October and November.

First I'm going to plan more outings for the places we have passes to. The Skirball, Arboretum, Huntington Library and Disneyland.

The girls have been asking a lot about knitting and yarn so I'm going to introduce finger knitting and potholder looms.

Last year I bought the book Before Five in a Row and never really used it. So I've ordered four of the books from Amazon (part of their 4-for-3 deal and free shipping)  for us to do. We also already own three of the books so that's seven weeks of books!

We'll be starting Hebrew classes after the holiday, too. This is actually good for me too. We've been using more and more of our Hebrew and I feel a lot more confident when speaking. So far Thing 2 is the only one who will speak Hebrew but Thing 1 and Thing 3 understand what I ask them.

We will also be adding to our Shabbatot. Starting this Shabbat there are a couple "rules" going into effect. First, everyone has to share a d'var Torah. Even the girls. For them it can also be showing some art or project they did and explaining what it is. I'm also going to start teaching the girls z'mrot. Aba isn't a big singer and I don't know any z'mrot so the girls aren't used to this even though they love singing and songs. I've picked a couple from the many Shabbat cds we have and we'll learn a couple at a time. Lastly, we will be having a Shabbat Princess every week. The Shabbat Princess will help Aba with kiddush and hamotzi as well as choosing the dessert.


Recipe: Fried Gefilte Fish

This is one of my signature dishes. I'm not sure where the idea came from, but everyone I've told about it or prepared it for has never heard of anything like it. Purchase the frozen gefilte fish loaf of your choice. Let it defrost for about 20 minutes. You want it soft enough to slice but not totally defrosted. I like Ungar's.  I can usually get 15-18 slices out of a loaf.   Prepare the usual schnitzel set-up. Egg, breading of your choice and a bit of oil warming in a pan.   When the oil is hot, dip a slice of fish into the egg and then into the breading and then slip into the pan. Turn when browned. When the second side is browned, evacuate to a draining rig. I like a cooling rack over a paper bag-lined jelly roll pan. Serve with salads. Even though it wasn't Monday, my girls wanted their muffin tins.

A few reasons I really like this dish is that it tastes fine cold, you can easily make HUGE batches at a time and freeze them and if you don't over cook them then they are still moist after being in the oven or on the platta for Shabbat. It is also a good dish for people who don't like fish. It was the only fish I could eat when pregnant and I've had children who don't eat fish ask for thirds. In fact, there have only been two guests who haven't eaten this dish. One doesn't like onions and the gefelte fish loaf has onions in it and the other one was allergic to sesame seeds and I had used a breading with sesame seeds.

I'm republishing my recipes from Tripletly Blessed here. New ones are coming soon!


Overheard: The Shabbat Edition

The funniest things are said over Shabbat. I don't always remember all of them, but I made a point of remembering a couple choice selections from last night and today.

Thing 2: I have idea! Let's slide down the stairs on our butts! (Sounds of kids sliding down stairs.) I win! I win!

Thing 1: I wanted to win!

Thing 3: I want to win!

Thing 2: Lets do it again. (Sounds of kids sliding down stairs.)

All: We all win!!! YAY!!!


Thing 1 (on the way to the bathroom): I don't need the ring. I know how to hold on and I won't fall into the toilet. I don't like to fall in the toilet so I hold on to the seat and don't fall in.

We get to the bathroom and there is no ring on the toilet. Thing 1 falls in. I laugh.

Thing 1: That's not funny.