What a week!
We started out with Pesach, put that away, got back to regular life, made too many visits to the doctor, went grocery shopping, because even though we plan to move, we haven't found a house to live in yet, and still need to eat frugally.
Discovered a savings strategy I had been missing out on: Kimat Chinam offers 2% off your purchases of 300 NIS or more (not so hard to get there, unfortunately!), if you pay in cash and are a VIP card holder. This makes it well worth the 10 NIS for the card!
So here's my Shabbat plan:
(No, I am not baking shlissel challah. I can't wrap my head around bread baking. I have been fighting viruses, asthma, and allergies...)
Vegetable soup (The kind I simmer for half the day) - perhaps even with kneidlach for those family members who now love them!
Mushroom-Barley Stew for lunch, considering the unseasonable weather (weird, it's supposed to be close to summer here overlooking the Kinneret, but it's raining. And they say there is more rain coming tomorrow night...)
Chicken (I froze our leftover chicken for chag, so now that will be my major timesaver this Friday) - I have shnitzel and some chicken roasted in sweet and spicy sauce (honey, crushed black pepper, garlic powder, and parsley flakes, slathered all over the chicken and roasted slowly in my oven. Yumm)
Roasted Zucchini (oven roasted diced zucchini, with olive oil, salt and pepper)
Broccoli Kugel (chopped broccoli - run it through the food processor for a minute or two, 2 eggs, 2 T. flour, 1 cup water, 1/4 c. mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and other spices to taste. Bake at 375 F for about 1 hr, till golden brown. You could probably make this eggless by using ground flaxseed soaked in 1/2 c. water and using a vegan mayo.)
Fruit Salad (sorry kids, no chocolate cake or cookies this week. I'm beat. And I want to lose those Pesach pounds...) - Actually maybe just watermelon and regular Israeli melon. Both were pretty well priced at Kimat Hinam...
Oh, question: are those starfruits going to come down in price? They are 14.99 NIS/kilo right now. My kids love starfruit, especially when it's locally grown. Any help is appreciated. Or, if you have a starfruit tree bearing fruit here in the Northern part of the country, we'd love to take some off your hands! We'd love to get the opportunity to harvest it and take trumot and maasrot...