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How One Cooks Food

This week my husband asked:
Why is the Korban Pesach (the sacrificial lamb) roasted?
You can come up with your own answer, but his answer was because it is a sign of a rich person. When you roast a piece of meat, much of the fat drips away. A poor person would lament the loss of much of the meat. But a rich person is OK with parting with all that fat. It is yet another sign of freedom.

potWhich reminds me that when I started this blog, I intended to write about food and “you are what you eat”. So I’ll get started here, by saying: pay attention to how you cook the food, as well. Quick broiling is a healthy way of cooking. I am a big fan of steaming vegetables; I own three steamer inserts for my pots.

So maybe I haven’t blogged much about food, food choices and cooking methods because it comes across too preachy. And also, if you think my family only eats healthy food, hah! We do (the adults, anyway) have a tendency to sit around and discuss the junk food after we eat it. My eldest son at a young age could read the sugar amounts on cereal boxes and complain that the ones I bought did not have enough sugar.

I’ll save my complaints about kosher bakeries and hydrogenated fat for another post.

Batya says

Interesting, never thought about it. Of course I knew that stews are for the poor...

You should send this to the Kosher Cooking Carnival.

Leora says


Thank you so much for leaving a comment on your first visit! So now newbie me needs to figure out where is the Kosher Cooking Carnival and how does one send something to it... I'll have to read your blog more carefully.

Jill says

Leora...You don't sound preachy! I love reading about this stuff. Hope to hear more.
Also, one of my students told me that Indian families use a lot of oil when guests come to a meal, but don't use a lot when they cook every day. The oil is seen as a sign of riches and it's like lavishing your guests with luxury.


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