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Shabbos - Karen's Musings
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Shabbos
Shabbos worked out in the end. I mean, it always does, right?

Shabbos dinner an ancient Jewish tradition dictates that I must always forget some side dish (usually rice) if the Felds are present for dinner. This week I remembered the rice, which would have been a miracle had Harold not been sticking to his responsibility to ask me about rice every time he walks in the door. I forgot the apple kugel. Oh well. We were planning on company for Saturday anyway, and it's good cold, so no big deal right? I had a good excuse anyway:

Seth left for shul, I lit candles and kissed Julian. Then I remembered that the apple kugel was in the downstairs refrigerator and I didn't want to forget about it. So I ran down to the basement and ran back up. I was back within about 15 seconds. Literally. But there was a problem. The door from the basement to the dining room was locked. Um. Crap. Meanwhile, I could hear Julian happily playing in the living room. Double crap. At least he was happy, right? And it wasn't like he could fall down the stairs to the basement, since, you know, the basment door was LOCKED (probably by him). The kitchen gate was closed, the sunroom (where my candles were burning) was closed so there really wasn't anything he could hurt himself on. Fortunately, Seth hadn't locked the front door when he left for shul. I rested the apple kugel on the dryer, found a snood in the basement, went out through the garage and around to the front door, and got back into the house. But I left the apple kugel downstairs on the dryer. I didn't realize until we were most of the way done with dinner and about to serve dessert. Oh well. No one starved.

I accidentally left my oven on, so the chicken (which thankfully was tightly covered with aluminum foil) was overcooked, but otherwise everything was fine. I made teryaki chicken and sweet and sour chicken, rice with orzo, a tasty spinach/arugula/avocado/tomato/cucumber salad, potato kugel (store bought), and um, I think something else. Oh, right, we had a fish course with the gefilte fish fritter thingies and garlic-dill tofu dip. Dessert was a surprisingly good store-bought chocolate fudge cake. I don't typically like things that are that chocolatey, and I don't typically like Shalom's bakery cakes, but this cake broke both normal rules. The cake was moist and fudgy and even attractive looking. So it was all good.

We did have a near-disaster pre-shabbos, though. The base to my crock pot had been on the floor of the kitchen for lack of a better place to put it while we were preparing. Sometime during the day on Friday, Charlie PEED IN IT. Suffice it to say, I was less than thrilled since I didn't have a contingency plan for Saturday's lunch. Seth was able to clean & disinfect it, and it, thankfully, was not the part of the crock pot that food actually goes in. The crock was in the fridge filled with cholent. Still, I was NOT amused. Whatever, we worked it out in plenty of time, but I did not enjoy the pre-shabbos stress. One more episode remotely similar to that and I'm going to cease having sympathy for Charlie's plight.

Anyway, in the end, our shabbos lunch guests cancelled because their daughter had a high fever, so I had a huge crock-full of cholent, a whole apple kugel (mind you, this apple kugel could easily feed 15+ people), a huge salad, marinated tomatoes, and sesame noodles for...well, me. Seth too, but he wasn't feeling very well. Mostly, I ate the cucumbers out of the salad. We had lots of leftovers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

so despite the rocky start, shabbos worked out, as it always does.

Seth fell asleep before Shabbos even ended (as did Julian). So I did some cleaning and talked to my mom for a while before crashing.

More later...

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From: lola100 Date: March 14th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
You always have something going on. If I would post about my shabbos I think it would put everyone to sleep! (But it was VERY enjoyable)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 14th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised my shabbos posts DON'T bore everyone to tears. Usually it's just "we served ______. I forgot to serve _______. These people came. We all had a good time. Then we fell asleep." It's just that I take more words to say that! ;)

This week was especially postable because how many people can say that their cat almost ruined shabbos?
From: lola100 Date: March 14th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely not ME ;)

The truth is, we haven't had company in a while - so it HAS been pretty boring. But this week my parents are coming. My kids are really excited. It should spice thing up a little.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 14th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
We almost never have company that stays all of shabbos. But we almost always have company for Friday night dinner. I don't like shabbos dinner without company, to be honest. It's just not the same. We almost never have lunch guests because I'm lousy at coming up with shabbos meals. Though as it turns out I'm learning to like cholent (thanks, in part, to you). But there's only so much cholent I can serve to people. I'm perfectly happy with a cold dairy lunch on shabbos, but other people seem to think that's scandalous.
From: lola100 Date: March 14th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It IS scandalous!!!!!!

I used to feel the same way about Friday night - it just didn't feel like shabbos. But now, with 3 out of the 4 kids up..... it gets pretty hectic. I actually prefer shabbos afternoon guests - no one expects anything special except the standard cholent, kishka, deli... at least in my neighborhood.

And I'm glad you're liking cholent.... gotta have something hot!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 14th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think there's anything scandalous about it! I ENJOY having a light dairy lunch. I get so tired of heavy shabbos meals. I'm not a huge meat-eater, which probably makes a difference for me.

Yes, I know it's preferable to have something hot. I just can't stand the logistics of having anything hot other than cholent.
From: lola100 Date: March 14th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was kidding, by the way.

For a while, since my husband is on atkins, I wasn't making cholent. But the kids and I really missed it, so now I make it with a BIG chunk of meat for my husband.

magid From: magid Date: March 14th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Milchig lunches are nice.

Do you not have a hot plate/plata/blech, or do you just not like having somthing that large and heated on? Or at least, I'm assuming that's the part about not having hot stuff that's a nuisance.
hopeness From: hopeness Date: March 14th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry but your cat story just totally cracked me up. Threaten him with ending up as part of the chollent next time (he won't know that cats aren't kosher). Thank goodness you had another way out of the basement!
From: gittygiggles Date: March 14th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
peed in it. ugh. dumb cat
yermie From: yermie Date: March 14th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Simple solution to dumb questions....

Since the stair door locks, why not put a key to that door (and possibly one to the entire house) somewhere in the basement? Not necessarily beside the door, but somewhere you know about it, so next time this happens (which, next time I'm over, I'm _so_ going to do...), you'll be able to simply laugh at it, grab the key, unlock the door, grab me by the ears, and push me down the stairs...

I mean, you'll be able to unlock it without having to go outside...

Or, you could just change the doorknob to one that doesn't lock...

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ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: March 15th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a good thing there was more than one door to the basement. Otherwise it would be like a Stephen King story.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: March 15th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)

While reading this it occurred to me that this is perhaps the first time in history that the words "kugel", "dryer" and "snood" have all appeared so close together on one line of text.

caryabend From: caryabend Date: March 15th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)

It's worse than that: He's dead Jim!

Quick searches of Google and Altavista on "kugel dryer snood" produce only word lists. This would likely indicate that those three words don't appear anywhere together.

Three cheers to Karen for pushing the boundaries of the language!
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