it is 11:00 p.m. in the holy city of zefat. i am exhausted. i went to town today to check my bank account. it isn't good. i spent way too much money on food and am back in a bad overdraft situation. i will be lucky if they do not start bouncing my checks. i simply lost track of all of the checks that i wrote. i don't exactly know what to do at this point. i'm praying that i'll survive the holiday.
i have been cooking and baking for a couple of weeks already. today i made a dozen banana-pineapple cupcakes and two honey cake loaves. i have already frozen a small cut of beef cooked in sweet wine, a package of BBQ chicken wings, a package of turkey meatballs in a piquant sauce, a package of chicken thighs in a piquant sauce and a package of chicken thighs in a thai sweet chili sauce. i also made a sweet noodle kugel with pineapples. i usually place a meatball in an artichoke bottom and spoon the sauce over it..
i have a lot of side dishes to make on wednesday. i want to make a chicken stir fry with peppers and carrots in a plum sauce, a couscous with dried cranberries, and some sort of rice dish. i need to make the symbolic foods that we eat on rosh hashana, too. i have to cook: leeks, string beans, pumpkin, beets, a sheep's head, and some fish. yes, i said sheep's head. i've been wanting to do this for years. i ran to the big supermarket this morning and they didn't have any fish heads. i have never attempted this before. it isn't really large. it may be a half. i have been on line to find instructions. the sephardim love the brains. i think it is also a delicacy for ashkenazim, too.
i asked a sephardi lady at the bus stop how she prepared a head. she gave me the basic outline and then spent nearly a half an hour telling me her life story. she ranted on and on and did a monologue similar to mine. it's amazing that we had similar lives. i'm only making small amounts of each symbolic food. i want to make a tsimis with sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots and pineapple. i'm planning on making two types of cabbage salad. i need to cook up a pot of fish for the shabbat meals too. i want to do this all before the holiday starts. i don't like cooking on the holiday.
i bought a bunch of sweet round rolls and placed them in the freezer. i hope they won't be too dry. i don't see myself going back to the store any time soon. i hope i haven't made too much. it's only the 2 big kids, the 2 small kids and the 2 old ladies at each meal. i guess i can always freeze the leftovers. i served a chicken soup on shabbat that i had made and frozen on tuesday. it was delicious. as long as the kids don't catch on that i'm cooking in advance and freezing everything, they will enjoy it. all i need is strength.
i bought 6 chocolate bars to make fish and apple candies. i will try to make them tomorrow morning before i have to pick up the kids. they are really a hand full. they both scream a lot and boss me around a lot. the boy was getting very aggressive with me today. he is quite strong. i am totally beat. it's time to go to sleep.