Like many Jewish women, I spend my whole week planning for Shabbat. And, I spend my whole year planning for Passover, which is 3 weeks away.
Cooking and Shabbat are closely connected in our house.
It is to the point that if I am cooking, the first thing Yaffa says is “it is Shabbat yet? Mommy is cooking for Shabbat!”
It’s very cute, because there is also a children’s story, Is It Shabbas Yet? that I used to read to the girls when they were little. Yaffa has almost memorized it. An incredible feat when you consider that she is significantly hearing impaired in addition to her cognitive challenges. Cute gets you very far!
Raizel also found a number of YouTube videos about the book, that Yaffa loves to watch.
If anyone is interested, this is one of the multiple versions available online:
The constant repetition has enabled Yaffa to learn the story.
Friday morning is usually my marathon cooking time. I prepare all the food on Thursday. Then, I get up at dawn and do the cooking before going to work.
One of my new favorite things to make Zucchini Mushroom Soup. This is an extremely flexible recipe. Sometimes I make it with the mushrooms, and sometimes I make it just with zucchini. I usually add an onion, but, the amounts vary.
1 onion, quartered
1-2 zucchinis, cut in large chunks
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
Water to cover
Salt and if desired pepper to taste
Add all the ingredients to the crockpot.
The secret to making the soup this way is to use a small crockpot, and slightly overfill it. I tend to add more water than necessary, (about half way up the crockpot) as I leave it in the crockpot for more than 8 hours. With more liquid, it is less likely to over cook.
Then, once I come home, I remove some of the liquid, and using an immersion blender, puree the vegetables, and adjust the seasoning. The soup should be slightly thick.
It can also be made on the stove or in a pressure cooker, 2 minutes to pressure.
Here are the pictures:
Here, all the vegetables are in the pot. I also cut them into large pieces, to prevent over cooking.
Yaffa loves zucchini, and this is one of her favorites!
If anyone is interested in the book that Yaffa and Raizel like, here is the link for that too: