Sunday, September 09, 2012
I am an observant Jew. This means a lot of food at weekends (our Sabbath) and Jewish holiday
s. Next weekend is the weekend before our high-holidays hit us.
Rosh Hashana - the Jewish new year. This consists of 48 hours of food.
Rosh Hashana is marked with sweet foods to wish ourselves a happy sweet new year.
Before we eat our
dinner we have pomegranate (yum), bread (sweet challa) dipped in honey, carrots in honey or date syrup, apple dipped in honey and a few other foods. Such as spinach and leeks.
Then we start a meat meal. Chicken soup, salads, meat and dessert followed by honey cake/carrot cake. Cookies, ice cream, nuts and chocolates.
We have guests over to celebrate together and drink a lot of wine to go with the meal.
The following morning is cookies/cake with coffee before we go to the synagogue for several hours. When we get home it's ice-cream, cake etc followed by lunch.
Lots of salad choices, meat/chicken, rice/couscous, dessert (fruit salad/ice cream or cakes) coffee/tea and cake, dried fruits and nuts.
Repeat those meals again....
I used to start worrying about it round about a week before. What will I eat. How will I eat etc. This year I decided I will serve healthy options of everything. I will make plenty of veg and just enjoy the food and the talk.
Eye opener - no one really looks to see what and how much you are eating. You can get away with as little or as much as you want to eat...
Yom Kippur - Fast day (10 days after Rosh Hashana). A big meal before and after 24 hours of no food
Succoth (15 days after Rosh Hashana)- Challa and honey, same type of meal as Rosh Hashana without the prelude
Simchat Torah/Shmini Atzeret (8 days after the start of Succoth)- Same as succoth