Ah, New England

I get back from balmy if terrifying Los Angeles to find that the high (not low, high) on Friday is 8 degrees Fahrenheit. Windchill on Thursday and Friday might reach 15 to 20 below zero. I’m not equipped for this. I think this nixes any Friday evening Shabbat plans that involve leaving the house. Ben will be at Arisia, so my plans had kind of hinged on being able to leave the house and hang out with other people…

Though on the plus side, speaking of hanging out with other people, the Boston JFCS (whose office is in Waltham, yay!) runs this “Women Choosing Judaism” discussion/learning/support group that I went to on Monday, and I think I’m going to like these people. I was by far the youngest person there, and the only one not married with kids, though there’s apparently another woman not much older than I am who just wasn’t there that time. They meet monthly and discuss topics or do various projects based on group interest. This time we made challah and discussed Shabbat. Mmmm…challah. I contributed the fact that you can replace the eggs with coconut milk for vegans, resulting in something that doesn’t have quite the same flaky texture but is just as rich and delicious.

And to continue this free associationing, speaking of food, for dinner last night Ben made delicious braised kohlrabi, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms with miso and ginger over brown rice. Nice hearty winter food, and we finally used up the kohlrabis. They weren’t from the winter share. Those things were from the *summer* share. They’re indestructible if you keep them in the fridge.


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