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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Nine Days of Fish

I have no problem avoiding meat during the Nine Days. I actually like dairy. But I really like fish. Here's this week's menu:

Sunday dinner: fresh sushi
Monday lunch: baked salmon (from the Nursing Home)
Monday dinner: not-so-fresh sushi
Tuesday lunch: tuna sandwich
Tuesday dinner: microwaved baked salmon
Wednesday lunch: tuna sandwich on very bad tasting bread

I have to pause here to insert an Instant Messenger exchange with my wife regarding Wednesday's lunch (because I know how much she enjoys when I do this):

Mrs. B: did you take a lunch?
PT: Yes.
PT: I just ate that brownberry bread.
PT: it tasted really bad
Mrs. B: OK
Mrs. B: You probably forgot to take the mold off.
PT: OMG you gotta helpme I'mgonnadie!
Mrs. B: The good times are over.

Wednesday dinner: Fried tilopia
Thursday lunch: Kit Kat bar (drug rep cancelled)

Update: Thursday dinner: reheated fried tilopia
Friday lunch: tuna on marble rye. Hold the mold.

Update 2: Kiddush at shul: MORE SUSHI?!
Shalosh seudos: Gefilte Fish

I think Ima growin gills!!!!!!


parcequilfaut said...

I'd have more sympathy if you hadn't totally made fun of my meditation experience, PT.

That's all right...I love ya anyhow, and will be the bigger person by not taunting you with the fleishig menu we're enjoying this evening. ;)

torontopearl said...

Some fishy suggestions:

If you have a bar-b-que, bar-b-qued salmon is great; but then again, if your bbq is fleishig, you wouldn't have prepared the fish on it over the 9 days, so scrap that idea.

Although it seems gross and unnecessary, do you have access to this frozen "mock crab" stuff; it's very interesting/tasty to use it in a stir-fry, depending how it's seasoned.

Baked fish in parchment paper is good.

Tuna melt on a challah bun or submarine bun is good.

Gefilte fish frozen loaves served in patty fashion; let thaw till you can slice it, roll in matzo meal or bread crumbs and pan-fry with little or no oil. Kids love it.

Salmon patties/tuna patties in a bun are good, dressed up like a hamburger in a bun.

I'm getting seasick with all this fish talk; I had sardines in lemon sauce as part of my dinner -- it was just "eh".

PsychoToddler said...

"I love ya"

Look, parcequif... can I just call you parce? Look parce, I'm sorry to say, but the feeling's not mutual. Mainly because of your long freakin' name. I mean in the time it took me to say your name, I coulda done all kinds of stuff. Like paint a picture...of a guy...with a big knife. Whoa, in fact, I'm gonna get started on that right now.

PsychoToddler said...



parcequilfaut said...



C'mon psychotoddler...I see you jockin me...trying to be like...U know Me...

It's fine if you call me parce. My sister in law does whether I like it or not (online AND in person) so I'm pretty much used to it.

torontopearl said...


There's more to the nine days than fish; man/woman cannot live on fish alone.

Nu, what about pasta, blintzes, hearty soups, salads, tofu stir fry, veggie stir fry, veggie burgers, fruit salads, mediterranean night w/ falafel, eggplant, chumus, bla,bla, bla.

Next year I'll bli neder give your other half some good recipes as food for thought. I have a great veggie soup that is very popular in this Toronto household.

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Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Who's the anonymous loser with the demographics obsession? All i can say is I can't wait until the demographics shift so much that in the year 2050 we're all speaking Spanglish! ;-)

And in the realm of food, i ate fake-chicken quesadillas yesterday. They were good. Thank God for textured soy products, that's all i can say.

Stacey said...

Happy 39th Birthday to you, PsychoT! (But really now, which 39th is this? Your 5th? 6th? 10th?)

Hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous year! :)

Essie said...

I was so sick of all the fish this week that I just had scrambled eggs and a salad for dinner last night. (And ice cream later! the best part of the Nine Days is that you can have ice cream every night)
But Pearl is right - Israeli night is good - falafel, chummus...

PsychoToddler said...

Dear Anonymous

A digidigdigidigi...


Steg: I know how you feel about the soy products. Unfortunately, I am the only person in the house who likes them. Sunday I made a whole box of the soy sausage links. No one else would eat them, so I ate all 12.

My stomach was aching all the way to the Cave of the Mounds. You can imagine my horror when we encountered the Weinermobile on the way home!

Stacey: thank you so much for your kind wishes, fellow augustian. Despite my increasing gray hair count, I am still a year shy of the big four-oh.

Essie: I actually look forward to this week for this reason. Same for Shavuos and yomtov.

PsychoToddler said...

My office staff knows me only too well. The brought me a gift bag full of Pepperidge Farms cookies this morning.

Doctor Bean said...

Happy birthday, PT! May this year be your happiest yet.

torontopearl said...

TP wishes PT a HB.

BTW, "Ess gesundheit!"

A Simple Jew said...

Happy Birthday!!

Pepperidge Farms - I really like the "Chantilly" :)

PsychoToddler said...

Nope, no Chantilly, just Milanos and Soft Baked Chocolate Chunk.

A Simple Jew said...

No Chantilly!? Well, I guess I won't be coming over there.

My wife likes to tease me that the Chantilly is a woman's cookie. She cite that fact that on the box it says, "delicate rasberry lace".

I don't care - I like em!!

PsychoToddler said...

Not that there's anything wrong with it!

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Happy birthday, Doc!

Rochelle said...

This week we had broiled trout (with a coating of mustard/mayo one day, soy/lemon juice the other) and salmon.

Am trying to figure out what to make for Seudah Shlishit in preparation for the fast.

Pasta, I've heard, is great. Melon, because it contains water.
Not fish -- too salty?
Ice cream is always good...

My daughter-in-law, who is of Syrian ancestry, introduced me to lentils with rice. High fiber, high protein. I'm heading to the kitchen to make some right now.

Jack's Shack said...

Happy Birthday, old man. ;)

JC said...

Happy birthday!! I am not sure I understand the week of fish thing though? Care to elaborate?

PsychoToddler said...

Rochelle, thanks for stopping by. Hey FUDGE, check out Rochelle's site.

Jack, thanks. One day you'll be as old as me. But then I'll be older.

JC, it's the same as the music issue. Look here.

Stacey said...

Milanos rock. They are my favorite PF cookies. YUM!

parcequilfaut said...

Happy CheatDay! You're an August CheatDay just like me and Special Sauce.

Have fun with your Milanos. Now that for some reason our local grocery store doesn't carry them, my mom makes me the homemade version of the PF shortbread-and-jam cookies, but she always picks up Milanos on sale for me.

Irina Tsukerman said...

Happy Birthday! May all your wishes come true!

JC said...

Thanks so much for the link. I have been gone for a bit as my grandson was here. Good for you that you observe. I think this is wonderful. Thanks to all the interesting folks here, I may become wise in things Jewish.

Texas Mensch said...

1 word: lasagna