Eggplant Marrakesh from Sundays at Moosewood
Carrot Orange Soup
baked tofu (improvised)
The eggplant recipe is halved baked eggplants stuffed with an elaborate rice pilaf. The pilaf includes fried and then boiled pasta, chickpeas, raisins and tomato. It's very nice. If you make the eggplants with the absurd amount of olive oil the recipe calls for, they are excellent. I did. They were.
The carrot soup is simple and infallible. My son has enjoyed it since he was a year old.
I baked the tofu with lemon juice, sesame oil, garlic and tamari, and did that same thing of leaving it in the oven after I turned the oven off. It was great.
I screwed up the roasted vegetables (sweet potatoes and cauliflower with shallots and garlic) and had to re-roast them after Shabbat. I used instructions from Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven. Use her instructions from Still Life with Menu, they work better! My vegetable combination was good, perhaps I'll try to make these work another time and post a recipe. Obviously the sweet potatoes take longer.
We had guests on Saturday whom I hadn't invited before. They are a good 15-16 years younger than we are, and are a straight couple, members of our schul. I meant to have them many times before. I think my weird moodiness lately has made me shy. We mainly shared the crucial details of our lives, since we didn't know each other that well, but it was good fun, not awkward.
I did not make it to slichot on Saturday night. My husband was going to go, and I was going to stay with the baby, but he wimped out. I had already put on my pjs or I would have gone instead. I don't feel ready for Rosh HaShanah, neither in a practical nor in a spiritual sense. My mother-in-law is coming and I do not feel proud of the state of our apartment, as usual. I am sad that we are still underemployed around here and feel guilty about my general inertia. I don't say laziness, but I could. I have taken a few steps in the right direction lately, mainly because yoga class started up again. I always feel a lot better when I'm exercising, and even just going to yoga once a week with our great teacher makes a difference.
I'll post more about the high holidays as they continue to loom.