The Story of Noah — Good Friends in High Places
We all know the story of Noah — it rains, people start getting wet, but the ark is warm and cozy and in the end Noah finds a nice spot, high and dry and don’t we all love a happy ending?
It was going to be a great Friday! Ju-Boy and I were in the supermarket shopping for Shabbat when the heavens opened and the rain started coming down. Everyone was smiling, rain is something we so desperately need here in Israel, and everyone loves the yoreh, the first rain of the season. And how appropriate, since this was the Shabbat where we read Parshat Noach, the story of Noah. Some of the checkout ladies started dancing in the parking lot, oblivious to the wet. The guy who had fight with me at the cheese counter (he claims I cut in front of him, but how was I to know, he was standing in line at the meat counter at the time) smiled at me, and I smiled back. Everyone here loves the first rain. The weather hasn’t yet turned cold and after a long, hot summer, the first rain makes everyone happy. Driving home while the drops pounded on the roof of the car, I watched the streets flood (in Ra’anana the streets flood even after a drizzle) and turned to Ju-Boy and said, “This is going to be a great Shabbat Noach!” I couldn’t wait to get home and start braiding my challot and cook in my cozy house, filled with light and music and the smells of Shabbat coming out of my oven.
And then… boom! Literally and figuratively. A flash of lightning, the boom of thunder, and the lights flickered. I quickly unplugged the computer and went back to braiding the challah. Whew, that was close! And then… boom! And once again, I planned, God laughed, and the lights went out! You could hear my scream all the way to Mount Ararat! So the house darkened, the oven went cold, and we waited. Then the lights flickered, our spirits were raised, and then, boom! The lights went out again and the Miriyummy household entered the Middle Ages. No electricity! I had such plans for that electricity — I was going to bake challot, chickens, whip eggs whites and cream, even Ju-Boy was tenderly blow-torching a roast that was then going to get some oven time. I quickly stuck my braided challah into the fridge and waited for the lights to come back on. In the meantime, we started cooking on top of the stove (if you have an electric oven, you should have a gas hob).
We called the Electric Company and heard a recording that the power cut was massive — Ra’anana, Kfar Saba, Hod Hasharon, Herzliya, Ramat Hasharon, we were all in the dark. We had some friends who still had electricity, some friends who were busy hunting for candles. Remember Serene Shar and Peaceful Perry from Headless Chicken? They had electricity and said we could use their oven. I quickly drove my challot over, leaving Ju-Boy to deal with the rest of the cooking over the stove in the darkening house. The Electric Company promised to reconnect us at 4 PM, and when that came and went I quickly drove home through the flooded streets (and no working stoplights!) to get the chickens and shove those in Shar’s oven. Shabbat was coming faster than a tsunami of floodwater and that’s when Shar and Perry truly proved that they were foul-weather friends and issued an invitation to eat with them that Friday night, a mingling of food and friends, 17 of us around the table basking in the light of the house and the light of Shabbat. By the time we returned home around 10 PM that evening the lights were on and the day had been saved. Don’t we all love a happy ending?
Rainbow Chocolate Balls
Even before the thunder went boom and the lights went out I had decided that we were going to have a dessert straight out of the story of Noah — everyone needs a rainbow.
The recipe isn’t mine, it’s Shy-Boy’s, so he’s my guest chef this week. One of the best things about this recipe? No electricity needed!
- About 50 plain biscuits (we use petit beurre, two sleeves worth)
- 200 grams (1 cup) margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cocoa (we use Dutch processed)
- 1 egg
- A few glugs of wine
- Rainbow sprinkles
Chill the balls in the refrigerator for at least an hour or so before serving.
We brought these to Shar and Perry’s house where they were a hit for dessert. We brought them home to have with kiddush and for dessert for lunch the next day. Keep them in a Tupperware in the fridge, handy for snacking, great with a cup of coffee, a bit of whisky, or just a colorful nosh on a rainy day.