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Our Shabbos - Karen's Musings
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Our Shabbos
Since Jeanne was working this week (yay!) and so was Hillel, I figured they wouldn't have time to really make Shabbos, so we invited Jeanne and Hillel and Jacob over for Shabbos dinner. I was home for the day, so I had plenty of time to get dinner ready, but I still felt like I was a bit rushed. I always feel this way, and really, it's because you can always do more. I always feel like I could have done more. But this week was pretty nice.

The house was a mess Friday morning because we've been cleaning for Pesach and boxing things up to send to storage. It's gotta get worse before it gets better and all that stuff. So anyway, I had my work cut out for me cleaning-wise, which usually isn't such a big issue. I had purchased a roast, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. And I also wasn't sure what I was going to serve with it. But I knew I'd figure something out.

I first prepared a rub for the beef. Rubs are nice. They add flavor and no calories. I wish I could remember what I put in it, but I can only remember part of it. I used garlic, kosher salt (not much since kosher beef is already salted), fresh ground pepper, paprika, and coriander, but I also think I used a couple other spices, too.

Then I seared the beef in my new Calphalon pot/pan thingy. It's kind of like a dutch oven, but a little not like one. I don't know what I'm saying. Ignore me. The point was, that I was thrilled to be searing the beef in my new cookware. Unfortunately, I still didn't know what I was going to do with it. Stew? Broil it? and so on...

I decided that since I had so much cleaning to do, I wanted low maintenance. So I added a little wine, some beef broth that I had in the freezer leftover from the last time I made something that resulted in broth, some onions (cut into eighths), potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms. I basically left it in the pot on the burner on low all day. It worked out really well and resulted in a very yummy, very tender pot roast with yummy, yummy vegetables.

I also made tomato lentil couscous (WAY too much of it) on the principle that we needed to get rid of our chometz, which we can't have during Pesach, and on the further theory that I still needed quick and easy to prepare foods.

Throw in a gefilte fish course and salad, and that's a great shabbos meal.

Did I mention how amazingly yummy the house smelled all day? Yum. Oh, and I did a marvelous job cleaning up the house if I do say so myself. We still have some clutter that needs to head to the storage unit, but I managed to confine it into a corner instead of having it strewn all over the living room and dining room.

After Jeanne and Hillel left, Seth and I talked for a bit, and then he went to sleep and I did some reading. It was nice and quiet. This morning, after Seth left for shul, I dragged myself out of bed, davened and then settled in with a book on hair covering. I'll report on it when I'm finished. I made some egg salad, anticipating Seth's return, but he was late coming home as it turned out that there was a luncheon at the shul today. So he wasn't hungry either.

Then we went for a walk. See my last post for details on THAT.

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jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: April 6th, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Did I mention how amazingly yummy the house smelled all day
Did we mention how amazingly yummy dinner tasted? :-) The roast rocked and your cous cous was one of my favorites. And while I'm not a big gefilte fish fan, Jacob seemed to enjoy it quite a bit!

Oh, and I did a marvelous job cleaning up the house if I do say so myself
Yes I will vouch for you. The house looked quite nice - especially considering all the boxes (which were about as unobtrusive as it's possible for a huge stack of boxes to be) :-) Besides, Jacob loved playing w/ the packing material. I tell you, kids do not need expensive toys. Packing material, jar lids, tupperware, tape ... stuff like this will keep Jacob occupied and engaged for quite some time!

Anyway, thanks again for having us over. Shabbat's always nicer when shared w/ friends - not to mention when someone else is doing the cooking! ;-D
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