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Passover Recap 2010

6 April 2010 2,872 views 10 Comments

According to my web research, Passover officially ended last night. I must admit that I didn’t keep Passover after the first night Seder since we were traveling and I didn’t want to miss out on any culinary delights. However, I thought I’d share a bit about how we did celebrate.

Last Sunday, I spent the day with my mom and cousin Jami in Berkeley preparing for the next night’s dinner. Obviously, my contribution was the Matzoh Crack. When I found a six pack of HE’BREW, The Chosen Beer, at a nearby convenience store, I felt compelled to buy.

Enjoying a He'Brew while Arranging Matzoh

Enjoying a He'Brew while Arranging Matzoh

HE’BREW is by Schmalz Brewing Company and I must say, that while I bought the beers for the kitchy factor, I was a convert after tasting the wonderful hoppiness in each bottle.

Homemade caramel on matzoh

Homemade caramel on matzoh

Caramel is so easy to make — just combine butter and brown sugar in stove top pan and voila — gooey deliciousness.

At the service, Jami enhanced the traditional Passover Seder plate with a California orange in the center. Why? She said that years ago, one of her aunts friends (a woman) was planning to lead the Seder. Someone joked that a woman leading a Seder would be as out of place as an orange on the Seder plate. What did this sassy female do? She plopped an orange in the Seder plate and went on with her bad self. It’s now tradition in the more liberal Berkeley circles.

Berkeley-style Seder Plate

Berkeley-style Seder Plate

Below is my mom’s delicious matzoh ball soup. She makes the most perfect fluffy (but not too fluffy) matzoh balls and the soup is created with a whole chicken, carrots, onions, celery, and parsnips. We added fresh dill too because I’m kind of a dill-a-holic. For the recipe, click here.

Mom's Matzoh Ball Soup

Mom's Matzoh Ball Soup

After dinner, we enjoyed the matzoh crack topped with crushed walnuts, pecans, and kosher salt. For the recipe, click here. Be sure to make the matzoh crack a day ahead so that it has time to set.

Matzoh Crack Porn

Matzoh Crack Porn

For breakfast during Passover, Matzoh Brie is a must. Matzoh Brie is basically just Passover French Toast. You start by breaking up the matzoh, and soaking it in cold water until it’s soft — about two minutes. Drain the matzoh in a colander.

Beat the eggs — one egg for each original whole piece of matzoh. Add as much salt and pepper as you like to suit your taste and mix in with the wet matzoh in a bowl. Transfer the mix to a hot, well buttered skillet, and cook until done, caramelizing each side, turning once.

Transfer to a plate, sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, cover with maple syrup, or cover with jam.

Matzoh Brie on Great Antique Stove

Matzoh Brie on Great Antique Stove

Cousin Jonah helped us stir the matzoh. It’s so easy, even a baby can do it!

A little help with the stirring

A little help with the stirring

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  • Lisa

    Well, it ended last night for Reform Jews. Some of us are still hanging on until tonight. Matzo brei for breakfast, matzo ball soup for lunch, matzo crack for a snack, and probably pizza for dinner :).

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Lisa. I had lunch with Betsy and David and they corrected me also. I thought it ended tonight but every web site I checked said last night! Betsy also said that in Israel, it ended last night.

  • jodibart

    Thanks to Rachel for correcting me on the story of what the orange on the seder plate means. This is from J Weekly.

    It all began when Susannah Heschel, a leading Jewish feminist scholar, was lecturing at a synagogue in Miami. As she spoke, an elderly rabbi stood up and declared, “A woman belongs on the bimah like an orange belongs on the seder plate.”

    Thus to show support for the changing role of women in American Jewish society, the tradition of placing an orange on the seder plate began, and Heschel became a household name at many Passover celebrations around the globe.

  • http://feteandfeast.com Natanya

    Jodi – this post was just too much fun to read. Thank you for sharing your celebrations with us.I absolutely want to try the matzo crack – it looks so good.

  • http://www.Rebeccammendations.com/ Rebecca

    Jodi,
    Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. Please tell me your cousin Jonah is sitting in a Bumbo stirring matzah! I just recently learned of the Bumbo since I am soon to be an aunt myself. Love seeing it in action!

  • erinbrown

    I love the orange story! I wish I'd known that before hosting seder last weekend :) Hope you're doing well….

  • Mom

    A great synopsis Jodi and the pictures are so great. What a wonderful time we had together. I have such a great daughter!

  • Mom

    A great synopsis Jodi and the pictures are so great. What a wonderful time we had together. I have such a great daughter!

  • Mom

    A great synopsis Jodi and the pictures are so great. What a wonderful time we had together. I have such a great daughter!

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