So the past few weeks have been busy. Cooking for new clients and teaching cooking classes twice a week. I’m grateful for the work and wouldn’t change anything (ok well maybe I would want a little bit more but things are good). I know I have been running all around Houston. Going to different markets daily to find the best ingredients for my customers. Strategizing new marketing ideas and writing recipes. When I started this weekly parsha salad post I wrote an outline and came up with some interesting salad to parsha connections. The posts actually were the inspiration for my children’s weekly parsha cooking class. This has been an amazing class and each week the children and I prepare something that like the salads is connected to the parsha of the week. So here I am all set to start class today and as I say the name of the parsha to the children it hits me like a brick – the recipe I have planned isn’t connected to this weeks parsha at all but next weeks and when I have an opportunity to look at my outline for the salad of the week it’s another palm to forehead moment. I somehow missed a parsha!
When I arrived home out came the Chumash and I dove in. Usually I try to read a little everyday but well I have been busy. The parshiot of the next few weeks have always been ones that I found easy to teach when I was in a preschool classroom. When my own children were younger I remember learning these with them as well. I am not sure how my perspective has changed but I find different images and meaning to the text as I am learning it now but there is still something about the image of Yosef parading about in his special coat his father gave him that mesmerizes me. The fury that his older brothers must have felt to be taunted and then to have their younger brother rub salt into their already damaged egos with his dreams. The disfunctionality takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level. Does Yosef crumble into despair and depression. No he has emuna and he trusts in Hashem. He holds true to the values he learned form studying with his father. He keeps his faith close and doesn’t allow himself to be tempted even though it lands him in prison. Somehow in his actual imprisonment he loses his arrogance of youth and becomes the man we refer to as Yosef Ha’tzadik. The transformation is in some ways a nes (miracle). He changes; perhaps the splendid colorful coat was a foreshadowing of the transformation he would undergo. A reverse butterfly going from a primping boastful boy to a man of virtue and character.
Hopefully this weeks salad will entice you with its vibrant colors and hold you with it’s depth of flavor.
Technicolor Dream Salad
2 cups cooked quinoa or 2 cups cooked cous cous
1 cup shelled cooked edemame
1 cup diced cooked sweet potato (cooked until still firm)
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 cup diced red & yellow bell peppers
1 cup seeded & diced cucumber
1 medium red onion diced finely
½ cup shredded carrots
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro / parsley
½ cup low sodium tamari sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine / apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 scallions chopped using both the white & green parts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds – if you have black sesame seeds use those
1/8 to ½ teaspoon sriracha sauce depending on taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Combine well. In a measuring cup or small container combine the dressing ingredients and blend well. Pour over salad and toss to evenly distribute.
Hi, I'm Chef Shoshana. I have been cooking as long as I can remember starting out in both of my grandmothers kitchens learning by observing and practice. Over the years I have cooked my way through all of life's moments; cooking for family, friends, and clients. For me cooking has always been an expression of caring and love. Each meal I prepare is a reflection of that. When I cook for a client I want them to feel as if the meal was made by a loved one especially for them. The blog section of my website is where you will find recipes & anecdotes from my daily experiences in the kitchen with both clients and family. I hope you enjoy!