Seven Out of Ten
A shorthand entry this week, because I just returned from the other coast and am dealing with some jet lag and kids' jet lag:
The parashah introduces the first seven of the ten plagues that God sent down on Egypt. The plagues will form the meal... rather than just be represented by a drop of wine as at the Pesach Seder.
Dam/Blood: Tomato Red Pepper Soup
Tzefardea/Frogs: Chicken wings (frogs legs supposedly taste like chicken, ;-)) I also have frog decorations for the table.
Kinim/Lice: Rashi explains that the Egyptian sorcerers were unable to replicate the plague of lice because magic cannot happen on things smaller than a grain of barley, so... barley pilaf
Arov/wild beasts: More table decor (animal print napkins) and a lion made of a round squash kugel surrounded by a mane of spaghetti squash
Dever/cattle disease: Does dead meat count for this?
Shchin/Boils: Boiled potatoes ???? Other boiled vegies? If it were dessert, I would serve red gushers that would pop in one's mouth! In fact, I might do both!
Barad/hail: Again, thanks to a good friend who devised "barad balls"," round white cookies with flaming red hot tamales baked in the middle to simulate the fire encased by hail. The same effect would work with white toffuti balls around hot tamales.
Have a wonderful shabbat!