Food for the Soul
For thousands of years, society and every culture has their traditions that include recipes. When you think about growing up, and memories with grandparents, or parents, I’ll say that they include at least one time in the kitchen, cooking something special. Every time you make the recipe now, you’ll remember those times. Food bonds us to people from our past, and cultures that fascinate and draw us in. Food gives us comfort, excitement, pleasure and joy.
I’ve long felt frustrated with how closely tie to food, all celebrations seem to be. But it’s natural, if you look at history, and how people bonded. When you visit a friend, she’ll take out a cup of tea, and cookies, or tea biscuits, or cake, that she’s specially made. Made to make you feel special, and valued! When you visit someone new, or their home for the first time, you bring a gift for their home and many times that will include food of some type.
Food is not just for the physical needs of our bodies, but it’s for the soul too.
This can be the most difficult or the easiest part of Shabbat prep you’ll do. You’ll need to pick recipes that bring joy and excitement to your life. Shabbat is a time for celebration, relaxation and time spent with YHVH. I have a few tips on how you can begin choosing what will work for your family.
- Use recipes that have good memories from your youth, or your spouses youth.
- Keep the recipes simple, yet full of flavor. Now is not the time to do a 7 course meal.
- Choose recipes that give your comfort.
- Pick 2-4 dessert recipes, that you’ll cycle through for Erev Shabbat.
- Keep snacks easy, simple to assemble and light.
- Instead of multiple courses, choose 2-3 sides and make enough to eat from the next day
- Pick your perfect Challah recipe!
Keep It Simper
When I make my plans for Shabbat, I try to keep it simple. We’re going on year 2 of celebrating and keeping the Shabbat of YHVH. I also have two young children, that make life hectic at times, so simple is my current aim. Recipes must be simple. Plans must be simple. Even clean up must be simple!
We use disposable plates. I know I just made my enviro friends cringe, but I rest from washing dishes, and making other things dirty on Shabbat. So to keep the dishes from piling up, we use ones we can toss. At first, I didn’t want to do this, but it’s been a huge relief for me, to just toss them at the end of dinner, or lunch. Simple. And for this season of life, I’ll embrace it!
Below are some of the recipes we use for our Shabbat. I love cookbooks and following cooking blogs! Aren’t they fun?
Leftovers of anything you make, challah, dessert, dinner, sides
Hard boiled eggs, string cheese, deli meats, crackers, bread, cheese, olives, pickles, veggie sticks, fruit, baked goodies, etc.
So, my friends, make your plans, keep them simple, make memories, and serve up joy and comfort on Shabbat!
Please, share your favorite recipes for Shabbat! I’d love to add some new ones to our rotation . Have a blessed week!