Friday, December 24, 2010
Happy Chinese Food Shabbat (or Merry Christmas, whichever you celebrate)
Tonight, many people in the US will be sitting down for a big meal with friends and family. They will either be celebrating Shabbat or Christmas or a long weekend (or other holidays I'm not aware of).
Like many Jews, I grew up with the tradition of Chinese food and a movie, either on Christmas eve or Christmas day. Since this year Shabbat and Christmas are the same day, we are having a Chinese food themed Shabbat dinner. These pictures are of JewishGuy prepping the tofu for our cold tofu noodle dish (we also have a couple of meat dishes and soup). He is doing all of the cooking, and I'm doing the cleaning and set-up. I wouldn't even know where to begin with what he's decided to make!
Last year we went to our friends' house in Chicago and had a big sit-down Chinese food themed dinner (not on Shabbat). It actually felt kind of odd to me to have the big dinner at someone's house and not at a restaurant, believe it or not! It was amazing and we had a really great time, but what a funny feeling, since I'm so used to being at a restaurant. It's kind of a hilarious tradition. I remember running into people from shul at the nearby Chinese restaurant or the movie theatre. When I was younger I was surprised, I wondered why they were doing the same thing we were doing, not realizing it's a nation-wide thing.
This year is different because it's Shabbat, too, and it's my first Shabbat on Christmas since I started keeping Shabbat (so I can't go out to dinner). If JewishGuy wasn't such an amazing cook and was up for the task of tackling Chinese food, we'd probably just have a regular Shabbat dinner. But still no movie. At least, not until tomorrow night. Maybe.
And, for those of you who celebrate, Merry Christmas :)