Tonight we observe the Jewish Sabbath. Or, I should say, today we prepare to observe the Sabbath. Since most of Friday is spent in shopping and preparing for the Sabbath, there is a good reason a "day of rest" is required. Relished, in fact. A day to recharge. Reflect. Learn. Pray. Observe. Rest. Eat. Converse. Read.
Tonight my sister and niece joined us for Shabbat. There are many rituals I truly enjoy in preparing for our Shabbat meal.
I don't think so. Well, maybe yummy organic veggies roasted under the chicken. And since "the thing" this spring is shaved asparagus - I made a salad of shaved asparagus spears tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper. I topped the salad with shaved pecorino cheese and toasted pine nuts. Don't forget the most traditional item on a Shabbat menu - Challah. This sweet, eggy bread is a main stay on tables around the world tonight. Maybe my version isn't very traditional because I made it with whole wheat flour... but it was very popular and exceedingly more delicious than most Challah you will find at your neighborhood bakery (assuming you live where you can actually find Challah in a bakery). What I most enjoy about Shabbat is knowing millions of women all over the world are cooking the same meal. Roasting a chicken. Baking Challah. Lighting candles. Gathering with her family and reciting the same prayers.
It is most comforting.
Until my next update, I remain, your traditional correspondent.