Every Saturday night my kids and grandkids gather together around our table for our Sabbath Feast. We figure we’ve been doing this now for at least a decade or more. No one can remember the month or the year when we first sat down together with the intent of kicking off the Sabbath, but we all remember there were just six of us. Back then it was easy to polish up the silver for six adults, get out the heirloom crystal and china, and light the candles. I may have even ironed a tablecloth for the occasion. Now, however, with twenty-one of us, thirteen being age eleven and under, there is no talk of shining up the silver unless it is Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. (Not to mention that I don’t have enough place settings anyway!) Nevertheless, it is still our Sabbath Feast, and it is a high point of the week for all of us.
My strategy has changed with the numbers, and of course I’m thinking about kid-friendly food. Saturday I usually mosey on over to the grocery store and see what I can find in the way of a large piece of meat.Â This is the simplest approach because if you have a hunk of meat in the menu, the sides just arrange themselves pretty effortlessly around it. Today I had to settle for three small roasts rather than one large one, but that just means they’ll cook quicker.
We are feeling very much like fall, and it is Reformation Day, so before dinner the children are going to the Fall Carnival in costumes for games and candy. We will have quite an assortment of guests at our table: a cowgirl, a couple of mice, a football player, and I believe Cleopatra and Gilgamesh are going to make an appearance. (Please don’t ask me to explain how these characters relate to the Reformation…)
So my plan is to cook up the roasts, slice them up, and serve them with some baguettes, a hunk of good cheese, a fruit platter of red grapes and mandarin oranges, and a big salad. I may throw some potatoes in the oven to roast as well. (No one will complain about that!)
We set the table as pretty as we can with toddlers in mind, and we still use cloth napkins and place cards, wine glasses and candles. It’s just not fussy. If I try something fussy, I turn out to be the fussy one, so it works better for me (and everyone else!) if I stay clear of complicated menus unless I’m getting lots of help.
So that’s what’s cookin’ at my house today. I’d love to hear what you’re fixin’! And Happy Sabbath to you all!