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I can do this. Yes I can. - Karen's Musings
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I can do this. Yes I can.
  • Okay, here's my first quandary. We're having guests Friday night. Important guests. Which is to say, they're visiting from Uzbekistan. So I want dinner to be special. And yummy! And of course, sans matzoh. :( What to do, what to do!? I need menu ideas NOW! :-D

    Okay, so that's number one.

  • The second quandary is that I have two lovely ripe avocados at home that need to be used tonight. Yes, I could just make guacamole, but we don't have anything to use to dip into it. So maybe I'll just do some slices of avocado. Dinner is store-bought rotisserie chicken. Perhaps I could carve it and we could make sandwiches with avocado slices. Darnit! That would require that we have bread. Phooey. So basically, nothing to do with the lovely avocados. Oooh. I'll buy some salad greens and we'll just make a nice salad. That's what we'll do. Whoo hoo. Okay, so maybe it's not a quandary anymore. But if anyone has any other ideas, I'm open to them.

  • The rest of it is I'm wondering how I'm going to finish all of this. I'm just not sure. My mother came over and spent ALL DAY with the monster so that we could accomplish things in and around the house. Seth mowed the lawn for the first time since August. It looks SO Much nicer now. We have a different lawn mower now, and it's obvious that this one is better quality. It did a much better job.

  • I emptied out a bunch of cabinets and our pantry and moved a bunch of things (appliances, mostly) into the pantry and closed off the pantry with plastic sheeting. Go me. I kashered the stove and oven. And burnt myself. Ouch. two counters are covered and I've pulled out my Pesach boxes. I don't have nearly enough pots and pans. Crud. I'm going to have to kasher some, which I was trying to avoid. Or buy new! But that would require money. I've already spent more money than usual on Pesach stuff, because I'm terrified that Julian won't eat anything. Of course, he'll be fine. I'm just being silly. Anyway, I bought a new microwave and set that up, but I haven't take out the old one yet, because I want to be able to heat things up for the next couple of days while I'm in limbo.

  • HEY! I know I can't use real matzoh Friday night for dinner, but could I cook with egg matzoh?? Is that allowed? I know, I know, ask the Rav.

  • I need to keep reminding myself that I'm leagues ahead of where I was last year. Last year since we were going to be away for the sedarim and the last days, and only eating at home for 3 or 4 days as a result, I was determined not to kasher my kitchen. We were going to live out of a mini-fridge and microwave for the week and I was going to close off and sell the kitchen. I was absoultely convinced of this until 2 days before Pesach when I suddenly decided it had to happen. And that's when I started. It still all got done. So there.

  • That's about it. I have to stop for masking tape and packing tape on my way home. And fruit. Lots o' fruit. Part of the reason my kitchen isn't done is because I ran out of tape. No such excuses tonight.

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    From: lola100 Date: April 18th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm pretty sure egg matzoh is OK. But you could double check.
    galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: April 18th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The friends we're going to are having egg matzah. It's how his Rav in Yeshiva holds.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 18th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    well, I mean I know I can use it for motzi. I was just wondering if I could cook with it...
    mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: April 18th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    If you're allowed to use egg matzo (lucky you), you can cook with it.

    Otherwise - my lamb stew is kosher for passover if you skip the cumin, and the sweet potatoes give it enough body that you don't need another starch, and I'd serve it for company.
    From: gittygiggles Date: April 18th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    ooooooooh! lamb stew!!!!!!!!!!!11
    From: gittygiggles Date: April 18th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    my rabbi says egg matzah is fine :)
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 18th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes, your rabbi said it was fine for motzi. I'm wondering if it's fine, period. And that's a question I probably need to ask my Rav.
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    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 18th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Alas, I'm still treif.
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    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 18th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    If I had actually FINISHED the work I was supposed to do yesterday, I would have used the DG icon. But I didn't, so I suck.
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    ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: April 18th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Two suggestions for Friday night: pita bread or tortillas. They can both be used for motzi, are not egg matzah and are considerably less crumbly than normal bread.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 18th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    good ideas! I was trying to figure out how I was going to manage to make or procure tiny challah rolls.
    magid From: magid Date: April 19th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    What about a roasted turkey for Shabbat dinner? with a potato stuffing, maybe? Plus it leaves lots of leftovers into chag...
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 19th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    I could do that. But then I'd still need to make something for me (I can't eat turkey). But I suppose I could do a cornish hen for moi.
    kressel From: kressel Date: April 19th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)


    We spread guacamole on challah all the time. It's my main motivation for eating shalosh seudos.

    Hatzlacha rabba with your guests. May Hashem help you to give them an uplifting experience.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 19th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: avocados

    Mmmmm. That's a good idea. I used one in a salad for dinner tonight, but the other has to be used tomorrow. I've got a challah sitting here waiting to be eaten... Hrm. Duh. I could have made sandwiches with that challah! D'Oh!

    I'm looking forward to my guests. I mean, I always love having Shabbos guests, but I've missed Seth and Jen. Seth works for the State Dept., which is why he ended up in Uzbekistan. They've been sending really interesting tales of living a frum life in Tashkent. It's... um, challenging.
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