Birthday Weekend

This weekend marks my oldest son's nineteenth birthday.  He planned on having a small birthday party with his friends.  Surprisingly, the friends now have a life of their own and are not home for Shabbat.  I don't think this is in any way an indication of their friendship.  Instead, it is a statement of maturity.  After high school, the boys and girls leave the local community and begin to participate in the greater Israeli community.  Many of the girls are involved in Sherut Leumi, which places them in underprivileged neighborhoods across Israel.  The boys tend to go to a religious yeshiva for one or more years.  What ever they choose, its away from home.  Last weekend, most of the friends were here, but this weekend they are spread across Israel.  We'll have the party anyway and wish him the best.

We placed one of our calling cards with Machon Gold this week.  We told them to call us if they ever run into trouble placing their girls for a weekend.  On thursday, a host up in Haifa canceled at the last minute so we now have three young ladies for Shabbat.  My oldest son (the birthday boy) also invited two of his high school buddies.  Number four son is away with his high school.  That leaves us with 7 immediate family, 4 girls and 2 boys = 13.  Not bad.

The menus this week are pretty simple.  Its going to be a cold rainy weekend.

Dinner - 12
Oriental Potato Soup
Chicken Stir fry - Zucchini and Carrots, Bell Peppers and Ginger, Bok Choy and Bell Peppers and Onions.
Garlic Bread
Brown Rice

Lunch - 16
Turkey pot pie
Naked Shnitzel
Spicy Sauted Green Zucchini
Potato Kugel
Green Salad
Stir Fried Pumpkin Pie (cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar)


Rachel said…
Oriental potato soup sounds interesting, how do you make it? See, I know better than to ask for an actual recipe!
Elliot Jaffe said…
Oriental potato soup is made with onions, potatoes, beef, sesame oil and soy sauce.

Ideally, marinate 2 pounds of beef and one large diced onion in 1/2 cup soy sauce for about 1 hour. Saute the beef and onion in sesame oil (2 Tbsp) until the beef is browned. Add 12 cups of water and 5-7 potatoes that you have turned into matchsticks. They don't need to be small or perfect. Bring to a boil and them simmer for 45 minutes.

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