There's a short break between Jewish holidays and all the feasting that goes along with them. It's Thanksgiving here in Canada, and more importantly for us, it's Sukkot - The Festival of Booths. The holiday where we celebrate the harvest and remember the 40 years of wandering through the desert in Moses' time. Meals are meant to be eaten in sukkahs - structures with walls but open to the sky. You weave branches to create a partial roof. That's one of our earlier ones - hard to get a good shot of the inside of a sukkah because it's so small.
My daughters and I started to build our own sukkah on the balcony when Joanna started to go to Hebrew school. I wanted them to get a sense of joy and celebration of each of our holidays to connect with our heritage. They'd invite friends over to make challahs before Rosh Hashana, parade around the synagogue at Simchas Torah, get gifts, light candles and eat latkes at Hanukkah, dress up at Purim and celebrate Passover with a a traditional seder.
Another tradition of mine is to buy new Jewish cookbooks to add to my collection and this year I bought two...Faye Levy's Feast From the Mideast which is a wonderful book filled, not only with recipes but also with stories, and Marcy Goldman's A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking (I haven't tried it yet, but I will).
All these festivals... all these feasts.....I am truly shocked that I haven't gained any weight and for that I have South Beach Diet to thank. Because in between feasts (we usually get a week), I revert back to the basics. So I've adapted Faye Levy's recipe for Persian Chickpea Beef Patties and made this meatloaf. And naturally because Weekend Herb Blogging is coming up and I am the host this week, I made some roasted cauliflower with fresh sage and rosemary. So, for a couple of days anyway, I'll relinquish desserts and still eat delicious meals
Don't forget to email me your entries for WHB - ruth AT 4everykitchen DOT com so you can join in the fun. If you don't have a blog, just email your recipe and I'll be happy to post it for you.
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