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!