Tomorrow is erev Yom Kippur. We’re going to my parents for Yom Kippur so in theory I don’t have to cook – except that I do because the kids still need to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and an insane amount of snacks. So I figured, since I’m going to be in the kitchen all day anyway, we might as well make challah for Succot and stick it in the freezer until next week.
Oh, and here is the kiddie menu for Yom Kippur: (Note that it does not involve warming anything up or anything healthy for that matter. And I make no apologies for that. This is the first time in years that I am not either pregnant or nursing on Yom Kippur. I don’t remember the last time I made through an entire day of not eating.)
Breakfast: chocolate chip pancakes (We had those for dinner last night and I made some extra. Don’t judge me.) challah rolls and cream cheese and chocolate milk.
Lunch: A choice of a lovely tuna sandwich or his cousin, the egg salad sandwich, tomatoes and Italian dressing.
Dinner: Turkey sandwiches and probably whatever brownies are left over.
Snacks: Where do I begin? We have brownies, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla cookies, chocolate pudding, animal crackers, snack cheese (aka string cheese), assorted fruits that I will cut up because everyone is very excited about eating them and then will proceed to not eat them and I’m sure many other things that they will find laying around my mom’s house.
Ooh, I just thought of this – maybe I’ll pack their lunchboxes with everything they’re getting for the day so they can get the food from the fridge themselves. But now that I am looking at the menu in writing, who am I kidding. They don’t need lunchboxes. They need lunch valises. (Valise is a funny word. I myself never use it but my husband does. He thinks it’s a great word, so valise it is.)
So back to the challah and sticking it in the freezer, a second (or third) freezer makes all the difference – especially if it’s a nice big stand alone freezer. Those things cost a small fortune, something we did not have when we bought our house, but we got lucky. The people we bought the house from were moving to Israel and they weren’t taking the huge freezer in the basement with them. They didn’t want to try and sell it like all their other possesions because who in the world would buy a 300 pound freezer and try to bring it up the basement stairs.
But I digress. So the previous owners saw me eyeing the freezer and said something like, “let’s make a trade, you can have the freezer and…” Honestly, I have no idea what she said after that. Maybe, “Ignore the broken garage door.” Or maybe, “Oh, we forgot to mention that there is a leak when it rains by the back door.” or even, “So the house has no insulation and you can churn ice cream in the living room in December.” Who knows? Not me. The point is, I said yes. I was in love with the idea of a second freezer. We had lived in a tiny apartment for too long and I was loving the freedom the run around the house at full speed and not bump into a single piece of furniture. A second freezer! Might as well have been free lawn furniture (something else we were coveting at that point)! So yeah, I got my secondhand second freezer and we had to do something in exchange, I can’t remember what now – maybe it was pay for the patio to be re-cemented after they dug out that illegal oil tank, I forget…
Anywho, I had a point here. Oh yeah, we are making challah today. So I doubled the recipe, a super easy recipe that my cousin Chani gave me and I played around with. And the fun part today – besides for getting 12 really good looking challahs out of it, we also made challah in the shape of a lulav and an etrog. Very cool. I can’t wait for the first night of Succot!
I'll post the challah recipe next time we make challah. It's all the way in the kitchen right now.
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