Camels around a well
Chayei Sarah features Operation: Find Issac a wife. The story goes like this: Abraham’s trusted assistant journeys to Charan to find Issac a good wife. After the long journey, he reaches the well of the town, where he stops his entourage of camels to rest. There, he meets the young and lovely Rebecca who exhibits her kindness by offering water not just to him but to the camels as well. Needless to say, Rebecca passes the “test” and becomes one of our dear Matriarchs.
I do not advocate serving camels to your Shabbat guests, but I have come up with a clever way to mimic the camel-by-the-well scene for your meal.
Boneless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
Eggs, lightly beaten
Seasoned breadcrumbs (you may want to add a little flour to the breadcrumbs)
1 c Honey
½ c Dijon mustard
- Bread the chicken strips by first dipping them in the egg mixture and then dipping them in the breadcrumb mixture.
- Fry until golden brown.
- Combine honey and Dijon mustard.
- Pour into small shot glasses
For younger palates, your “well” can be ketchup or BBQ sauce
Plating: Place the shot glass of dipping sauce in the center of the appetizer plate (that will be your “well”), surrounded by the chicken fingers (those are your camels!).
Elisheva Kupferman lives in Jerusalem and loves Torah, Shabbat and friends. She entertains them with her famous Torah-themed shabbat meals. When she is not entertaining, she works for at Makom, an innovative educational think tank.