Another rock-bottom Shabbos due to the awkward, between-paycheques and bills-to-pay placement of Purim, which I like to think of as the Little Ouch next to its big brother, the Great Big Honking Painful Squeeze of Pesach. (Tuition month, in August / September, is probably somewhere in between on this Pain/Payin’ Scale)).
So what are we eating??? Ted’s been making the menus for a while now because I lost all interest in food planning (a terrible admission for somebody who is technically a full-time homemaker). Here’s what’s on the agenda, almost entirely “salvaged” out of the cupboards and freezer:
- Challah (Ted made a grocery run last night and deemed flour an “essential” – smart man!)
- Chicken Soup (bones from freezer) with Kneidlach
- Pickled Brisket
- Pumpkin Kugel (still lots of cheap November 1st pumpkin in the freezer!)
- Corn (eek - do we have corn in the house?!?!!?)
- Roasted red potatoes
- Curried carrots (not sure what this is, but Ted has it written on the list, so it shall be done…)
- Desserts = whatever we want from the shalach manos, PLUS…
- Sugar cookies (sliced from frozen logs, which were crumbly and falling apart)
- Blueberry crumble (too-crumbly cookie dough from logs for a base, pie filling, crumble topping)
- 3-Layer Jello in Bundt-shaped silicone pan (didn’t spray first – I’m hoping it releases nicely)
- Cholent (pareve)
- Kishke (veggies, cornmeal, oil, salt, pepper)
- Tuna salad (left over; a guest brought it to the Purim seudah)
- Blueberry blintz loaf – blintzes from freezer, sour cream store-bought with the last of Ted’s pennies
- Desserts as aforementioned
Hmm… not exactly starving to death, especially compared to times past… and we are very lucky in that it’s only for a few days.
But it is somewhat depressing trying to do various Purim things and birthday things without very many nickels to rub together. Blah.
What do you-all do for Shabbos or Yom Tov… when there isn’t much money to go around?