Another Winter Weekend

Winter weather is supposed to visit us this weekend. Chilly (single digits celsius, high 30's fahrenheit)., with rain, sleet, thunder and lightning. I love "big" weather, and this weekend should be lots of fun. There are few things better than sitting in a warm house, watching the rain fall in sheets, lit by lightning bolts and reverberating with thunder! BTW: an equivalent experience is watching a major snow storm. Nature (God's Angel) is powerful and great!

We have a mixed house this weekend, with three young ladies from MMY (via our calling cards) and two yeshiva boys that we got from Anywhere in Israel. To make things even more interesting, we got invited out for dinner! What wonderful friends. We told then that our crowd would be 12 people and they didn't blink! I offered to bring something, but they turned me down!

I love our community and our friends. I have never lived or heard about a place that has this kind of compassion and support. Through good and bad, Hashmonaem is the place to be.

So given the wonderful weather, we need to make food to warm the heart-center. I'm going with Jambalaya, which has a nice spicy heat and crock-pot meat-balls. To try and mitigate the over-cooked tomato taste that I sometimes get with crock-pot dishes, I'm going to leave everything raw, and start it just before Shabbat. I will use fresh tomatoes instead of tomato sauce. They will have plenty of time to cook out. Add water, onions, peppers and spices that we should have a really nice pot of sauce for lunch.

Lunch - 14
Meatballs and Spaghetti
Garlic Green Beans (roasted, not stir fried)
Israeli Salad
Sesame Noodles

Sesame Noodles (from

6 garlic
6 tbsp sugar
8 tbsp oil
6 tbsp vinigar
6 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp hot chilli sauce or red pepers
cook until sugar dissolves.
pour over pasta.
sprinkel with:
6 scalions sliced
1 tsp sesame seeds -toasted


Dov said…
If you leave meatballs raw until before Shabbat (and don't fry them before putting them in the crockpot) won't you end up with bolonaise instead of meatballs?

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