There’s Nothing like a Nice Shabbat Dinner

My mom works like a dog. Standing approximately at 5 foot with some of the shortest legs you may have ever seen, my mom is basically as quick as flash, and it is so incredible to see how much she can do in less than 24 hours.

Almost every Shabbat — the Jewish Sabbath that begins on sundown on Friday nights — my mom makes this beautiful and delicious dinner for her family and/or friends. It’s not just a one course meal, but rather a numerous-course meal (in which she basically forces you to take seconds of everything) with fresh-baked challah, salad, soup, an appetizer, another appetizer, the actual feast, dessert, etc. She literally whips up everything so quickly, but you can still taste the passion she puts into everything she makes.

With that said, I decided to surprise her this time with some additional menu items. Since I’m only working part-time until the beginning of July, I had the free time to come home, go food shopping, and concoct some of my own dishes including my chicken soup with matzo balls and a chocolate tahini banana bread that is to die for! I’m not the biggest cook, but I’m trying to experiment in the kitchen and love to bake every chance I get. The only part that I don’t really care for about cooking… is cleaning up the mess: the pots, the pans, the cutting board, utensils, the counters, etc. You get it, I’m sure.

I wanted to have the entire kitchen cleaned before my mom got home from work today, as well as everything made, but of course the second she walked in, it looked like a fire-cracker of glitter exploded. I had pots and bowls STACKED in the sink, flour from braiding the challah all over the island counter, food that I had purchased along another counter, chocolate sesame spread hardening on the counter tops, and I looked disheveled myself! Luckily, my mom was so pleased that I helped her in the kitchen that thanked me by helping me clean up once I had finished putting my banana bread in the oven. She really knew how grateful I was. After the entire kitchen was finally put together, my mom enjoyed her glass of Lillet, the French aperitif, and I slowly sipped on an Angry Orchard. 

My cousins who live down the street joined us for dinner and enjoyed this terrific meal that both my mother and I had made. Everything turned out marvelous, including this banana bread I had made for the first time tonight.

Tonight, the menu consisted of:

  • Challah
  • Salad
  • Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
  • Gefilte Fish
  • A Whole Turkey
  • Chicken Leg Quarters
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Steamed Green Beans
  • Yellow Cake
  • Chocolate Tahini Banana Bread

I hope you get the chance to cook with your mothers, fathers, guardians, friends, or other family members. There’s nothing like busting your butt with another person while laughing and adding memories to this special craft.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

All my love,

Julie

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