Friday, January 12, 2007

In Sickness and in Health...

I'm making chicken soup for Shabbat, because Yaakov and I have been pretty sick this week. My sinuses have been congested and he's been coughing, sneezing, and running a fever.

I'm feeling a bit better, but not enough to feel like a human being. It's been a rough week. On Sunday, Yaakov came back from France. He arrived in Israel around 8pm, and went straight to work. When he finally came home, I was mostly unconscious and quite annoyed that he didn't just get into bed and leave me alone until morning...

He woke up with a fever Monday morning, and I made us some tea. All day long, people from his work kept calling and asking for help, and Yaakov tried to help between cups of tea. Tuesday, I dragged us both to the doctor, and the doctor said he had an ear infection and gave him all sorts of nifty medicine. As a pregnant lady, all I could have were nose drops - the kind that sting when they go up your nose.

Tuesday evening was my nephew Tzvi's Bar Mitzva party. We went, and between the two of us, had enough onion soup to feed the population of a small African country. Then we moved in on the tea. I think there were some other people there, and I remember some stuff with harmonicas and a recorder. There was also some kind of skit which I hope was well videotaped, because everyone was laughing and I was groping around for another tissue. I think Tzvi was practicing his sedra (Torah reading) and his siblings were trying to make it difficult for him.

I think I'll try to digitize it and put in on YouTube.

Anyway, it was a lovely Bar Mitzva! We only wish we'd been fully conscious for it.

Wednesday and Thursday, we spent mainly sleeping, and this morning, I finally forced myself to go grocery shopping. Chicken soup is a-boiling. It's filled with all kinds of good stuff like rutabaga and Jerusalem artichoke and carrots and celery and onion (and some chicken).

I hope that tomorrow, I'll be well enough to go to the party in honor of my neighbor's new baby daughter. Today, I saw the baby (from a good distance away - I tried to avoid breathing on/near her) and she's very very sweet and cute, which isn't surprising because both parents are fairly attractive and her big sister (2.5) could be a model.

In the meantime, I have to go finish cooking for Shabbat and check on Yaakov.

Shabbat Shalom
t.c. Goodman


Anonymous said...

I went and looked up rutabaga. It's just plain old turnip. I'm disappointed. :)
Also, never heard of anyone sticking it into chicken soup before. Does it come out nice? I have strict instructions on what I am allowed (or mostly not allowed) to put into chicken soup. You know what S is like. LOL. But I try to introduce a new veggie at a time. :)
Hope your'e feeling better...

triLcat said...

Firstly, Froggie, sign your posts, please!
Secondly, rutabaga is kolrabi. Turnip is lefet. different animals (okay, different vegetables). Turnip has a woody texture which makes it wholly unsuitable for soup - or human consumption, as far as I'm concerned. When you use rutabaga, the flavor of the soup improves drastically, while the rutabaga itself seems to have no flavor when you bite into it. It's just a chunk of random vegetable matter.
I'm trying to expand my use of root vegetables, because I'm told they have all kinds of nifty nutrients...