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estherchaya
Yeah, okay. Shavuous is almost here (a week away) and I have not only not started my cooking, I haven't started my shopping. More importantly, I haven't even planned any meals. Moreover, I don't even know which meals will be spent at home and which are away, so planning is almost futile.

I'd like at least one, but preferably two, dairy meal(s).
I think I'd like to do a Chinese meal (meat). I think I'll do for that meal: chicken with glazed walnuts, kung pao chicken (or beef, I suppose), wontons, egg rolls, and um.... (I'd really, really, really like to do lo mein or something, but I can't find a recipe I like).
Beyond that, I'm at a loss.

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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: June 6th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
>> Yeah, okay. Shavuous is almost here (a week away) and I have not only not started my cooking, I haven't started my shopping. More importantly, I haven't even planned any meals. Moreover, I don't even know which meals will be spent at home and which are away, so planning is almost futile.

Yep, I have nothing to say except: Me too.
curious_au From: curious_au Date: June 7th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Can I ask a question? What happens if you "fail" these regular culinary olympic events I see you undergoing here on LJ?

-- curious_au
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
hrm. That's a good question. How do you define failure in this case? ('cause trust me, I've screwed up a lot of meals, but usually manage to pull it together somehow, which results in a net success rather than failure, I'd guess)
curious_au From: curious_au Date: June 7th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I worded that pretty badly.

I went and looked up Shavout ( I hope this is the same thing! ) and saw that it's another celebration you're not allowed to work on, or just before, so I take it that all this work is actually preparing a large pile of "normal" meals in advance, instead of cooking a huge pile of "specific" dishes for the holiday. In light of this, the answer to my question seems pretty obvious - if you fail to finish cooking before the start of the restriction, you're going to be either rather hungry, or spending a lot of time eating at friends' houses.

My only reaction now is that I'm surprised that Jewish cuisine hasn't independently evolved the MRE to make this easier! The dishes you prepare here seem very elaborate, which I guess suits a celebration well, but the sheer amount of cooking energy required... *shudder* Maybe this is just post-kitchenatic-stress syndrome from my time in the restaurant industry.
From: lola100 Date: June 7th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just made mini egg rolls last night - they are so cute, and I have a CHICKEN won ton recipe that is SO DELiCIOUS. Tell me if you want it. Also, you can check my journal for ideas - I have been cooking non stop since I am having loads of company. There will be 16 people eating at each meal! Yep - I should seek psychiatric help.
magid From: magid Date: June 7th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I can't even seat that many people.
From: lola100 Date: June 7th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The seating is the least of my wories ;)
magid From: magid Date: June 7th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! And I certainly don't have fridge/freezer space enough for all the food 16 people x 4 seudot would eat!
From: lola100 Date: June 7th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just bought a new freezer. Every yom tov I go crazy finding freezer space since I like to cook in advance. Another worry? Yom tov is NOT CHEAP!!!!
magid From: magid Date: June 7th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I had room for another freezer; my place is just too small (unless I put it in a bedroom, I suppose, which feels odd).

And yes, yom tov is not at all cheap!
(Though of all of them Shavuot is easiest, I think, partly because it's shorter, and partly because milchigs are more accepted. Plus there's not anything "extra" (kashering the kitchen, building a sukkah) to do.)
From: lola100 Date: June 7th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah - we stuck it in the playroom - which is a pretty big room so it's fine.

Mind if I friend you? Always like to friend the jewish/religious people that I stumble upon!
magid From: magid Date: June 7th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I live in a fairly small condo (864 sq ft), so the options are limited. I could put one in the basement, I suppose, but I just know I'd never remember to take things out again...

And, sure!
From: lola100 Date: June 7th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
We bought a nice size house from plans about 7 years ago before house prices sky rocketed in our area. So, Baruch Hashem we have plenty of room.

I also plan to turn the freezer off whenever I don't need it. I've heard they are very expensive to run!

And - great!!
torahumaddachic From: torahumaddachic Date: June 7th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
hi estherchaya- i read your comments on Bati's blog and i figured I'd friend you. nice to meet you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
howdee! I actually was poking around your journal yesterday after seeing a comment you made in Bati's journal. Small world! Welcome to my little world, and don't be shocked at my bluntness (I use this blog often to escape some of the expected tact of the real world).
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