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We are a Jewish family of 6 (2 parents, 4 kids) and all our meals are kosher.
So today is the last of the days of mourning leading up to Tisha b’Av, when all our meals have been vegetarian (no meat or wine). Tonight begins the 25-hour fast itself, but that doesn’t mean there are no meals to plan – we have to eat TONIGHT, before the fast, and TOMORROW NIGHT, afterwards, so in fact, no suppers will be missed in the observance of this day!
Another note: even though the fast is over Tuesday night, the mourning period extends into Wednesday morning. In general, we continue the “nine days” (really TEN) and do not eat meat, drink wine, listen to music, have haircuts or in general enjoy ourselves until after noon on Wednesday.
At which point, I have also promised the kids we will go buy our monthly “Rosh Chodesh Slushies,” which we don’t generally buy for Rosh Chodesh Av because “mishenichnas Av, m’atim b’simcha” – ie, it’s not a time for happiness. Gavriel Zev calls them “flushies.”
Sunday (yesterday): Mommy-made Tuna/cheese quiche, fresh Ontario corn
Monday (tonight): Easy double-batch lasagna; making a second to take to a friend. Jim Lahey’s no-knead “potato focaccia”.
Tuesday (Tisha b’Av; Ted off work): Blintzes w/blueberry sauce; easy fast-day broccoli soup
Wednesday: BBQ of some type of yummy meaty object!!! Maybe on a stick?
Thursday (big kids away; Ted’s late day; Vegan Vursday): Hmm… stuck on this one, for some reason. I guess a week of veggie meals has sapped my imagination. No!!! I will NOT let myself cop out and post without putting something in for this meal. Let’s say chili with cornbread… or polenta. Something with cornmeal. Yay; I’m done!
Friday / Shabbos: Dunno! Some type of challah; some type of chicken. Who knows? ;-)