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Yet another rock-bottom (Shabbos food)

image 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?