It’s always weird these days when my mother isn’t with us. We were supposed to be going to Ottawa this weekend, and Ted actually took today off so he could have three days in a row with no work, like normal people have every month (apparently, it’s called a long weekend!).
But at the last minute, we couldn’t afford it (still reeling from Pesach), which is why we’re still here. But my mother had already accepted an invitation for this Shabbos, knowing we wouldn’t be home. It’s okay with me; I’m really happy that she has a social life in the neighbourhood outside of us.
So here’s what we’re having. I’m planning and mulling as I write this.
- Challah (no-vanilla Breadsmith challah from Maggie Glezer’s book)
- Chicken soup w/ kneidlach (YM can make them with his broken arm!)
- Shake n’ Bake Chicken
- Mashed Potatoes (Elisheva’s request)
- Gravy –? (maybe, maybe)
- Sushi-rice salad
- Lettuce salad by Elisheva
- Blintz loaf
- Assorted cheeses
- Desserts… hmm… maybe I’ll ask Elisheva to make dairy chocolate-chip cookies
- Key Lime Bars with Gingersnap Crust (Ooops… didn’t notice I was supposed to line the pan with foil! The truth is, we usually just scrape hunks out of the pan anyway; we are very not-elegant around here.)
- Chocolate Mousse (adapting this a la Julia Child with a bit of coffee in with the chocolate and a slightly different way of preparing the eggs, as described by David Lebowitz here) (Postscript: tastes yummy, and I am leaving it in the fridge, instead of the freezer, like usual, to see how well it sets. Should be fine; even plain olive oil sets in the fridge, I’m just worried that the water in the coffee will stop it from setting firmly.)
- Dairy dessert – if there’s time