So, it’s that time of year, again–Passover (and Easter). Hubby and I are looking to a have a quiet evening and Seder for two on Monday and then are entertaining and hosting the second Seder for 8-10 people next Saturday. Thank goodness for online ordering and food-to-go.
Everyone knows that we don’t keep kosher. It’s just never been my belief that the path to salvation is through the food you eat (or don’t eat). With that said, I am respectful of the high holidays by eating “neutral” foods (i.e., fish, fruit, and veggies, as well as anything else that’s not on the “black list” such as pork and shellfish). So, this year (which will be my second time hosting Passover Seder [as I have been lucky enough to go to other people’s seders and just sit back and relax in previous years]), I’ve come up with the following menu (with the help of Whole Foods, Lotte, and Charlie Chiang’s):
Ginger matzah ball soup, Chopped chicken liver, Fresh celery (Seder plate), Fresh Parsley (Seder plate), Cut tropical fruit with sliced and blanched almonds, Coconut macaroons, Chocolate covered matzah, Fresh clementines, Stir-fried spinach with garlic and shitake mushrooms, Hardboiled eggs, (Seder plate), Lettuce (Seder plate), Wasabi (Seder plate), Sashimi platter, and Roasted (Peking) duck
Not traditional (Ashkenazi or Sephardi) Jewish fare, but Chinese American Jewish fare :). Lets face it–there’s a reason Jews eat lots of Chinese food. Could it possibly be that (traditional) Jewish food doesn’t quite measure up?
I wanted to write this post today to inspire those who celebrate Passover and Easter (and/or other holidays) to do something different and create your own traditions. Don’t be afraid to think and step out of the box and be creative and imaginative, and, most of all, be yourself!
1 pound of chopped clams 1 one-pound package of spinach spaghetti/linguine 2 jars of marinara sauce (personal favorite: Whole Foods’ Tomato & Basil spaghetti sauce) 1 pinch of fresh parsley 1/4 clove of fresh garlic 1/2 cup of fresh red onions 1 teaspoon of oregano (fresh or dried) 1 teaspoon of dill (fresh or dried) 3 tablespoons of olive oil Using a pot, boil spaghetti/linguine (afterwards, drain and set aside) Using a sauce pan, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the bottom of the pan Add 1/2 cup of onions and 1/4 clove of garlic Turn on high heat Add 2 jars of marinara sauce Add 1 pound of chopped clams Add 1 teaspoon of oregano Add 1 teaspoon of dill Add 1 pinch of parsley Wait until sauce boils 2-3 times Serves 3-4 people
One jar of unsweetened apple sauce One package of fresh blueberries Pour apple sauce into medium to large serving bowl Pour just rinsed blueberries on top of apple sauce (Optional: Add mint leaf and/or a few raspberries) Great for entertaining or dessert for two!