I like food. I know what you’re thinking – we all like food. It’s true, it’s a love that I share with a lot of people. It’s just that today, I can’t stop thinking about it. Perhaps it’s because today is a fast day, and the more that I don’t have food, the more I think about it.
Today, the 17th of Tamuz (in the Hebrew calander), is the day that the walls of Jerusalem were breached before the destruction of the Second Temple. It’s a minor fast day that leads the way to a three week period of mourning, culminating on the 9th of Av, the day the Temple was destroyed. It’s really hard for me to think about being sad when all I can do is think about food.
All these different recipes are going through my head. I need to figure out what we will break the fast on tonight. We usually have some sort of soup, and spaghetti, but I’m feeling a bit more adventurous today. I think I’ll make vegetable stew with dumplings. It’s a great hearty recipe that works well after a fast – it has plenty of liquid to re-hydrate the body, and the dumplings and vegetables are nice and filling. Just perfect.
- Yield: 10
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1h 30 min
Vegetable Stew with Dumplings
Perfect to break the fast.
- olive oil - 2 tablespoons
- onion - 1 large, chopped
- carrots - 3, chopped
- celery stalks - 2, chopped
- kishuim - 2, chopped (aka zucchini)
- cauliflower - 1 1/2 cups, chopped
- peas - 1 cup
- string beans - 1 cup
- water - 3-4 cups
- vegetable bouillon - 3 1/2 tablespoons
- flour - 1/2 cup
- flour - 2 cups
- baking powder - 1 1/2 tablespoons
- oil - 3 tablespoons
- salt - 1 teaspoon
- dill - 2 tablespoons, chopped
- water - 3/4 cup
- Heat oil in a pot with a cover.
- Add onions, carrots and celery and cook until onions are translucent.
- Add zucchini and cauliflower and cook for 3 minutes longer.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, and let simmer until stew thickens.
- Mix together all the ingredients.
- Drop teaspoonfuls of batter into the stew.
- Cover pot and let cook for 15-20 minutes longer (until dumplings are cooked through).
You might think talking about and making food is not all that bright on a fast day. For some people, it may not be. I don’t eat while I cook. I never have. So for me, it’s perfectly normal. It actually takes my mind off of the hunger part of food and lets me get to the enjoyment part of it. I know, I’m not normal.
Here’s wishing that the Temple is brought back to its glory and we won’t have to fast again next year!
That looks delicious! We also broke our fast on vegetable soup – but no dumplings, I made ww bread instead.
Your photo is making me hungry again, though 🙂