Tuesday, 26 April 2016

From football to matzo balls

STOP PRESS: 
Tuesday 3rd May - Leicester have won the League! We are the Champions. I may not be an avid football fan but I'm feeling pretty proud of Leicester this morning.

Football
What I know about football could be written on the side of a matzo ball (matzo balls are small dumplings for soup) but I have noticed that there's a lot of excitement around Leicester's King Power Stadium over the last few weeks. It would seem that at the beginning of this season Leicester were no hopers, and now they are almost winners of the League. I don't exactly know which League this refers to but I do know that a lot of people are very excited about it.

This Friday Leicester will be turning blue as a show of support. There will be blue banners, blue balloons, blue cakes in shops and blue jerseys everywhere. There will even be a blue strip tease posted up by Walkers Crisps. They will be removing packets of crisps from an apparently naked Gary Lineker in their Countdown to Kit Off.

As I understand it, this Sunday's game could be the clincher. Televisions will be tuned in to Sky Sport. The streets of Leicester will be silent. I may take advantage of the situation and go shopping.

Matzo
We are in the middle of the eight days of the Jewish Passover. I've blogged about the story that must be retold each year, the story of slaves escaping Egypt, of freedom and the ending of oppression here. Those first two nights, when we have the Seder meal and retell that story, are special. Not only do we get to share a meal with family and friends, we also share our well-rehearsed traditions and songs. It's the kind of communal activity that I love.

But what of the rest of the week? Eating matzo in place of bread is tough. Every year I'm reminded of how much wheat-based food I usually consume. As well as bread, there's pasta, pizza, scones, fruit loaf, the list appears to be endless. Just as too much matzo has its unpleasant effects on the body, so too must all that wheat. Maybe this year, after the Passover, I'll stick to my promise to myself and cut down on the wheat. It can only do me good.

Happy Passover. Happy football viewing and good luck to Leicester City.




16 comments:

  1. Happy Passover - and I don't do football either, but do love it when underdogs do so well. It's a great time for everyone Leicester!

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    1. Thanks, Jo. Yes, it's always good to see underdogs succeed and Leicester is fired up by it at the moment.

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  2. Almost the whole world is watching with bated breath hoping Leicester can win the league.
    I have friends who previously did not have a television or Sky and have purchased same recently to follow the action. What with Richard 111 last year and now the football most of the world know where Leicester is! "Come on you blues"

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    1. I also know people who have recently purchased a Sky package for the football, I did hear say that it was Richard III bringing us good luck but I'm a little sceptical about that.

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  3. I do so hope Leicester win the Premiership league-if only to watch Gary Lineker present the first Match Of The Day next season in his underpants-as promised!!!! Chag Sameach. Petra.

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    1. Thanks, Petra and Chag Sameach to you too, I bet Gary is really regretting that promise re the underpants!

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  4. Great to hear Leicester have gone from no hopers to almost champions! I'm not a footie fan either, but this must fill the city with happy pride, and that's always good! have a wonderful and special Passover, Ros, and good luck with cutting down on the wheat!

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    1. Thanks, Val, Leicester is buzzing. But cutting down on wheat is going to be a toughie.

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  5. Chag sameach. I am wheat intolerant so eat as little matzo as possible. Each year I decide that after Pesach I will only eat non-processed foods. We'll see how long it lasts!

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    1. Chag Sameach to you too. Non-processed foods! Oh yes. That's a whole other can of worms...if you'll pardon the mixed metaphor!

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  6. Hi Ros - have a peaceful Passover week, and achieving eating less wheat ... Leicester are doing amazing well - I sure hope they get over the line ... I bet Leicester is buzzing ...

    Cheers for a happy weekend ... Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary, and I hope all is well with you and that you have a restful bank holiday weekend.

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  7. I always loved Seder night..and can still at my great age recite the Four Questions!

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  8. Happy Passover and good luck to your team. Will stores even be open to shop? That's when you know the town is serious about their sport. Take care

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  9. Yay! Leicester you deserve to win it. I love to see the underdog win through, so will be crossing everything on Sunday.

    Happy Passover Ros

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  10. Are you going to write "The Children`s Book of Leicester Champions" (Football and Snooker)

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