Hi, all, or should I say Shalom? Good yontif? (I know in Hebrew it is Yom Tov but that's what it sounded like when I lived in Borough Park a million or so years ago). GoofingOff here again doing what comes naturally, goofing off. Just thought I'd drop a few lines to wish everyone a good holiday.
Rosh Hashanah is past and the big one, Yom Kippur is coming up in the next few days. What does that mean besides lots of prayers? Food, what else? Two good meals before the fast (like I need someone to tell me to eat, right) and a big "Break the Fast" meal after. I look forward to it all, even the not eating. I kind of need someone to tell me not to eat, otherwise I have little willpower (like going to a buffet and being on a diet.....sheer torture). The fast is supposed to make us be more like the angels, free from human needs, and let's face it, food is a human need. No drinking, either, not even water. The fast starts at sundown the evening before and end an hour after sundown the next day. No short "NPO after midnight except sips of water" for us (sorry for the medical terminology...I am a nurse), we go all out. By the time the fast is over I have a new found appreciation for water, food, and anything else on the table.
Anyway, I broke the news to my a-little-less-than-Jewish husband that the holiday was approaching and I will be abstaining from food or drink.
"Nothing to eat? No water?Not even a cup of coffee?" he asked sounding shocked.
"No, Babe, nothing."
"Well, I guess I'm staying out of your way."
???? You'd think I get grumpy after not eating for 25 hours? hmmmm.
We go through this every year, same conversation, same reactions. Like watching Abbott and Costello....you know the Who's on first but it's still funny. Sometimes it's good to have a little predictable humor in your life.
Anyway, here's a couple of great recipes to break your fast with. Dairy is traditional so break out the tuna salad, blintzes, and sour cream. I'm telling you, after 25 hours you'll have a new found appreciation for sour cream and bananas.
Apple Streusel Crumb Cake (this recipe comes from the good folks at Woman's Day. I found the recipe back in the early 70's. It was one of my mother's favorites and was requested to serve for the break-the-fast at the shul in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Banana Nut bread (this one's mine......easy to make without a lot of ingredients.....good when the bananas are overripe and cheap).
There's lots of banana nut bread recipes out there but what makes this one special is there's no milk. Use margarine and it's pareve.
1/2 cup margarine (one stick)
1 cup sugar
1 cup of mashed bananas (2-3)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all liquids, sugar, mashed bananas, and eggs. Melt margarine and add to mixture. Add baking soda, salt, and nuts to liquid mixture. Add flour. Pour into pans lined with parchment paper. Bake approximately 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the top comes out clean. ......what kind of pan? A loaf pan works well but I usually use a tube pan. Looks prettier. I've also used coffee cans back when coffee came in real metal cans. It was so cool looking.
Well, that's all for now. Have a good holiday and an easy fast. Check out the wonderful shops of Team Etsy Chai. Beautiful jewelry, pottery, Judaica, and even calendars to help you remember when the holidays are.
And....don't forget to GOOF OFF!
Post by Eileen Patterson aka GoofingOff