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Shabbat Shalom – I cooked my first Shabbat dinner!

February 3, 2017

Happy Friday peeps! or in my religion, ‘Shabbat Shalom’!

My friend Simone recently taught me how she makes her delicious spread for Shabbat dinner.


She prepares her food the day before for 2 reasons:

  1. you’re not couped up all day cooking, cleaning and entertaining all at once
  2. the flavors in each of the dishes have time to marinate and it tastes even better the  following day


On the menu:



Matbucha is a beautiful Middle Eastern appetizer made with tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, seasoned with garlic and herbs.


Tahini sauce

All that’s in here is tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, salt and some water.

Drizzle this simple sauce over EVERYTHING and dip your challah bread in it



Simply saute’ onion and zucchini until super soft, mix in 1 whole egg, salt and pepper.


Jasmine rice

Perfect vehicle for sopping up all the yummy juices and flavors


Moroccan Fish

Salmon gently cooked in a bath of cilantro leaves and stems, garbanzo beans and liquid, consumme, and many spices.


Other dishes not pictured:


-Egg salad

-Challah bread (bought from Publix)

-Seafood salad (made with imitation crab meat, celery, vegan mayo and dill)


We said 3 traditional Shabbat prayers, both in English and Hebrew (using translation since I can’t read Hebrew).

It was a beautiful meal and tradition that I want to continue in our home.

Shabbat Shalom!



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1 Comment

  • Reply Rachel Gouz February 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    JPG: Thank you for including me in all of your beautiful dinners. This was a magical Friday night Shabbat dinner that I will always remember. Tahini Sauce – Delicious! You are amazing and so creative.

    So proud of my sister….

    All my love to you. rlg

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