I just caught my breath from Yom Kippur and I am already looking forward to Sukkot. The freezer that was full last week is empty. I had to take my monthly trip to Costco to stock up. We go with three people, three carts and the whole household has to help unpack and put the groceries away. With a large family, warehouse shopping is necessary for economy.
This morning, my husband and sons put up the sukkah. It looks pretty sad. We have to work on the décor a little bit and I hope the kids come home with cool drawings to hang up. We have until Wednesday to get it done.
I still have more shopping, mostly fruits and veggies but I – yes Sarina Roffé – am getting tired of cooking. In the sukkah, we simplify the menu for the outdoors. I use strictly paper or plastic outside, not dishes that can break and leave pieces on the grass. It is not elegant, but it is functional and we like it just fine.
Since it is three days of cooking, I look for simpler fare, to feed my brood. One pot dishes are good out door dishes. Lunches are dairy and dinners are meat. One dairy lunch will be a salmon with a lovely pistachio topping and the second will be my lasagna rolls willed with spinach and ricotta. One meat dinner will be my Spanish chicken with Rice and vegetables. The second will be my Penne Pepper Steak (see sarinassephardiccuisine.com for recipes).
Of course there will be the usual salads, side dishes and desserts - Ricotta Mousse, Cheese Cake, Apple Cake, fruit platters, nuts and Moroccan Mint Tea.
I do love Sukkot. I love eating outside and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of eating a the temporary hut. Brooklyn is completely transformed during the holiday. You see sukkahs of so many shapes and sizes, some fancy, some simple, but all meeting the criteria. In the next few days, there will be much competition for the purchase of lulavs and etrogs! And you will see people carrying them carefully to synagogue. It really is amazing.