How was your Rosh Hashanah? How was the food? Things were great over here, but there was really too much food. And it takes a lot for me to say that.
I stuck to my Rosh Hashanah menu plan dish for dish, and by the time yom tov came in, both the fridge and freezer were full…so full that I actually cut out two salads that I had been planning to put together on yom tov. It also takes a lot for to me to do that.
And here’s the thing: Next year, Rosh Hashanah starts on a Wednesday night again. Which means it will be a three-day event again. (What?!)
Here’s what we’ll do differently:
* Night meals will be lighter. The food was hardly touched on Thursday night and Friday night, and really, after a yom tov-size lunch, what did I expect? Next time, I think we’ll cut the main course entirely. Challah with dips, soup, dessert, and goodnight.
* Leftover simanim -> appetizer for another meal. We only took tastes of the simanim, so there were leftovers of everything (roasted carrots, roasted beets, roasted butternut squash, silan, pomegranate arils, leeks sauteed in butter, and apples with honey). Next year, instead of just letting it all sit in the fridge for the rest of yom tov, I’d put it out with the challah at a second meal.
Here’s what I’ll do the same:
* Cook in advance. During the month of August, I put something in the freezer for Rosh Hashanah about twice a week. This is how we had 8 loaves of challah, 12 challah rolls, 3 soups, 3 desserts, quiche, and salmon loaf ready to go by the week of Rosh Hashanah. My freezer isn’t even that big. I just started clearing it out after Tisha B’Av.
* Variety! You definitely don’t need to make three different soups for the three nighttime meals, but I loved the variety. We also didn’t need three different desserts, but same thing — variety is fun. And since soups and desserts freeze well, leftovers can always be saved for the pre- and post-Yom Kippur meals and/or for Succos. Cha-ching!
What would you do the same/differently next year?
Come back soon — I have two great recipes for the Yom Kippur break-fast to share with you!