It’s been a while since I showed what’s going on in my home so I thought I’d give you a peak at my Shabbat table last Friday. A lot of folks think that hosting a beautiful Shabbat takes some kind of Herculean effort but this Shabbat meal couldn’t be easier to do and it is a great formula for when you have some bigger plans immediately after Shabbat like this weekend when Erev Purim is on Saturday.
The electricity was out most of Friday so I put a lot of candles on the table in anticipation that we would be sitting in darkness. The mini roses were from the supermarket and they were marked down because they were a little past it. Bargains can be found with flowers by not buying the made bouquets and opting for a single species or choosing the “filler” greenery instead.
Ever since redecorating my dining room I haven’t purchased any new tableware that suits it. This random assortment of gold and beige looks a little odd but let’s call it eclectic. I wanted to use brown linen napkins but my son was really into setting the table and he wanted to use grey ones instead so who am I to argue with a child that is helping out?! Those napkins should have been on the plates but oh well.
Crystal and glass go with everything, so whenever I’ve got an eclectic look going on out come the crystal candlesticks and kiddush set.
I’ve got a lot of challah covers but this is my Fancy Dan. You guys have seen it a million times.
For the food, I planned on roasting some chicken over potatoes and root vegetables but with the power out I had to buy rotisserie chicken instead and pan fry the potatoes. It was just as easy. Accompanied with a kale salad, it’s about the quickest meal you can ever make. I prefer kale for a salad when serving something hot because it holds up really well and doesn’t get wilted.
KALE SALAD WITH GRAPES, CELERY, DRIED CRANBERRIES AND A RED WINE VINAIGRETTE
PAN FRIED POTATOES
ROTISSERIE CHICKEN WITH GRAPE GARNISH
Done is done! The power came on about an hour before Shabbat so the candles were unnecessary but we lit them anyway and it was beautiful.