It snowed overnight, after most of the snow and ice on the ground had just about melted away…
Oyfn pripetchik brent a fayerl
Un in shtub is heys.
Un der rebbe lernt kleyne kinderlekh
A fire is burning in the fireplace
and its warm in the house,
as the Rabbi is teaching little children
It’s cold and Shabbos is coming and as we recharge our batteries from the week’s harsh realities, or we contemplate on the week’s successes, there is that special Shabbos food to warm us, to comfort us. Cholent, kugel (whether potato or lokshen – noodles) and more.
As we sing Shabbos zmiros, as we tell over divrey Torah there is a warmth that permeates the heart’s own hearth – the tiny inner pripetchik where the pintele yid is always burning, always reminding one who and what he or she is. Regardless of the weather outside, whether cold, freezing, warm or hot, the heart’s temperature is perfect, as the mind feels uplifted by the niggunim, by the words of ancient wisdom, by the stories that touch one’s soul and the body enjoys those special flavors of the Shabbos food (the same food, prepared the exact same way, just tastes so different during the week).
[..]Gliklekh iz der yid vos lernt toyre,
Vos darfn mir nokh mer?
Happy is the Jew who learns Torah
What more do we need?
(Oyfn Pripetchik – Old Yiddish song)
Talking about the special taste of Shabbos food, I came across this easy recipe, on The Food Network, by Joan Nathan, it is different and very good:
Vegetable and Fruit Kugel Cupcakes
- 2 apples, grated
- 1 large sweet potato, grated
- 4 carrots, grated
- 1 cup matzoh meal
- 1 stick pareve margarine, melted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 24 paper muffin cups
- 2 (12) cavity muffin tins
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Place the paper muffin cups in the muffin tins.
- Pour the batter into the cups. They should be two-thirds full.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until done in a preheated 350 degree oven.
A gutten Shabbos – Shabbat shalom umevorach, gentle reader.