spatchcocked chicken with mushrooms

This week, we made it through a 25-hour fast with no food and no water. It was tough! However, I think it was one of the better ones for me. Every year, we get to Yom Kippur and I have to brace myself for the difficulty of the day. I remember one year having to skip some services and go to bed because I felt so horrible – headache and aches and pains, among other things. I remember another year where my mouth was like parchment, waiting through those final hours, all I could think of was water.

This time, I did ok! I got to the end of the fast and I didn’t feel like I was dying! The food and water tasted amazing, that’s for sure. I made my signature cheesy waffles for the break-fast party, but once again, that’s not the recipe I’m giving you. πŸ˜‰

Instead, I give you the delicious and magnificent chicken dish I served my husband the night before the fast, which carried us through the next 25 hours with aplomb. I am marking it to make next year – Joshua had the leftovers the following day for lunch and couldn’t believe how effectively it stuck to his ribs. I served the chicken with a simple pasta with olive oil and dried herbs. Do as you will.

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marrakesh carrots

So! We are DONE! We made it through all ten days of the liver cleanse, *plus* a fast on the eleventh, finishing with cheddar chive waffles made into BLCATs (turkey bacon, of course). That is the best use for a savory waffle. You might want to try it.

Those ten days of liver cleanse did not pass quickly for me. They did not fly by. I did not feel extremely hungry throughout, as I might have expected. The protein shakes they had us taking really staved that off. But being kind of achy and having a slight headache for pretty much an entire week is not a recipe for time passing quickly.

I will say this:Β at the end of the fast on the eleventh day (something we specifically planned, so that we were not fasting during the cleanse, as that would be a mistake), when we had waffle sandwiches with turkey bacon (not part of the cleanse) and cheese (reintroduced cheese on Day 10) and also downed a full glass of wine (definitely not part of the cleanse), I felt fine. I ate *two* sandwiches (fasts make you hungry!) and had wine for the first time and I did not go to bed with that kind of alarmingly full feeling that I generally get after a fast (because your eyes are SO much bigger than your stomach at that point). I really feel like my digestive system is working better, more efficiently. I’m really hoping it keeps up the good work!

**This is the part where I tell you to ignore all of my ranting and moaning about the liver cleanse and do it yourself if you need/want to. It wasn’t that bad! I mean, not in hindsight. πŸ˜€ And if you want my menus, you are welcome to them! Happy to share! Did so much work on them!

I asked the doctor today what I could be doing to keep this newly-cleaned liver in tip-top shape, since obviously I don’t want to trash it after putting so much effort into cleaning it up. She said we’d talk on Thursday………. hum.

Anyway, in the meantime, I will leave you with the Marrakesh Carrot SaladΒ [from Joy the Baker] I made to bring to our congregational potluck on Saturday. It has feta in it, which is how Joshua and I reintroduced dairy that day (followed by several slices of white cheddar as a snack at home – yum!). It’s one of my go-to recipes for a time when I need a dish that doesn’t need to be kept hot or cold. Because of the preferences of my family (i.e., my mom doesn’t like cumin), I leave out the cumin. πŸ˜€ Sometimes I replace it with coriander, but I didn’t this time, and I think I liked it better. So there’s that. Enjoy!

the nine days: day 9

Tzom kal! (Easy fast!) You may be surprised to see an email about food (don’t look! don’t read it!) today, while we’re fasting, but we all know that fasts come to an end, and then we’re starving. So what do we make to break the fast? Three weeks ago, when the Three Weeks started with the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, I broke the fast with baked falafel and all the fixings. We *could* do that again…but I decided not to.

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Blueberry Yogurt Pie

Yesterday was a fast day – hence the lack of a post. Why would we want to write about food on a fast day? However, this one was an “easy fast”, which means it started at sunrise and went to sundown. So on Monday, I made us a special breakfast to have the following morning at 5:40am, while the sun was still sleeping.

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