happy PASSOVER

Tonight is the first night of Passover. When we celebrate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

Every year our family gathers together for a Seder. As a child I loved Passover. I was so fidgety having to responsively read the Haggadah. I wanted the Seder to be over so I could find the Afikomen. 5 kids running around looking for the wrapped up Matzah. The winner the lucky recipient of a crispy new $1.00 bill.  The night was always the same, people arrived about an hour before the Seder.  We started with appetizers in the Living room(so fancy), chopped chicken liver, potato latkes and gefilte fish.  Then we were herded into the Dining Room (I had to sit with my cousin on a bench, there never were enough chairs) for the traditional Seder.  It seemed like it lasted forever. After the Seder we finally got to eat.  I remember the food being delicious and abundant.  Chicken soup with matzah balls, brisket with carrots and potatoes, chicken fricassee and sweet potatoes with baked mini marshmallow on top. And, of course the obligatory Jello mold.  My mother always made an elaborate multi-layered mold of  jello, canned fruit and sour cream.  It took her hours to make, starting the previous day, so each layer would be able to set.

Fast forward to the present.  We still have our  traditional Seder, just with some different players.  I no longer have to sit on a bench, I’m the adult (kind of).  No jello mold and the finder of the Afikoman gets $20.00!  Maybe I will make a jello mold next year….then again, probably NOT!

Here is my contribution, a red velvet coconut macaroon cake. I found the recipe in The Forward.

Next year in Jerusalem!

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24 comments

  1. Now, Gail, that was a lot of trouble to make. I want to be Jewish. There are so many holidays with so much food! I love the traditions and the celebrations. Happy Passover! :-)

  2. Wow! I already told you this but your culinary skills have come a looong way and your photos are as beautiful as ever. They really captured the holiday. I can almost taste each dish!

  3. I’m glad you, sort of, could sit still through the Seder. I usually host the Seder, but this year…I’m still recovering & the task seemed too overwhelming. The day before Passover, I crashed into the bed for the next three days. Next year…i will make up for my lack of celebrating. Your cake looks delicious. ~amy

      1. First of all, pancakes are not necessarily out. Just substitute matzah meal. Also, some kosher manufacturers offer out-of-the-box Passover pancakes. Just heat and serve.

        Matzah brie is a great Passover food. Mix some eggs in a big bowl, and add a little milk. Run matzah under the faucet to get it wet, then dip it into the eggs (kind of like French toast). Break the matzah into pieces and fry it in a pan. You can add cheese, veggies, whatever – just like an omelet. Everyone loves it!

        Also there is “kosher for Passover” breakfast cereal, made from potato starch. A city with a large observant community will surely have it in stock. An easy option is to break matzah into small pieces, then eat in a bowl with chocolate milk. Alternatively, matzah can be used to make your own Passover granola.

        You could also try “matzah sandwiches” – spread cream cheese, cheese, tuna, etc.

        And here’s a favorite idea for lunch or dinner: lasagna. Use a regular lasagna recipe, except in place of noodles, wet a whole piece of matzah. Cover well and bake. We like the Passover version better than the regular one!

        Wishing you a happy and kosher Passover!

        Shabbat Shalom!!

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