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May 24, 2013 / conservadox

thinking about dinner

There are three groups of food mentioned in this weeks portion:

1) In the discussion of Pesach Sheni- a second offering with “unleavened bread and bitter herbs” (Num. 9:11)(NOTE: traditionally, bitter herbs meant romaine lettuce, at least in some circles). (NOTE: since the Israelites claim they are craving meat, you could argue that you should have meat  for dinner- but I’m just to take the liberty of interpreting the passage to mean that the Israelites interpreted “meat” to include fish).

2) Gluttonous cravings- the Israelites said “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic” (Num. 11:5)

3) Manna-made “into cakes [and] tasted like rich cream.” (11:8).

So for shabbos dinner-

related to 2- a salad with everything listed in the middle paragraph:

leeks

onions

cucumbers

melons (some sort of small yellowish melon that looks a bit like cantaloupe)

garlic powder as a seasoning

romaine lettuce (see first paragraph)

and salmon skin sushi and a bit of salmon with BBQ sauce (for the fish)

and for the main dish: more fish- salmon with garlic powder and onion salt (re the garlic/onion/fish part of the craving)

diet cheesecake (a cake tasting like cream in honor of the manna), a little ice cream (ditto)

matzoh instead of challah (in honor of Pesach sheni).

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