The first night I did a Seder dinner for my family and we decided to make it an all vegetarian meal since for various reasons several individuals do not eat meat. I thought that this would be a great opportunity to make those delicious Passover dishes that contain dairy, and normally would not be served during a Seder which almost always has some kind of main meat dish. (The Passover dairy dishes are usually saved for Passover week meals.) Here is what I prepared, with some help from various family members:
Three Charosets (for Seder Plate):
–Yemenite with Raisins, Dates, Roasted Sesame Seeds, Walnuts, Almonds, and Pomegranate Seeds
–Syrian with Dried Apricots, Orange Juice, Pistachios, and Orange Blossom Water
–Grandma Fritzie’s “Syrian-American” with Apple Butter, Walnuts, Cinnamon, and Sweet Wine
(made by my mom)
Gefilte Fish (store- bought) served with horseradish
Vegetable Soup with Matzah Balls (my mother made)
Sweet and Savory Chopped Cucumber Salad (made by Cousin Jeffrey)
Moroccan Style Cooked Carrot Salad (made by my sister Vanessa)
Syrian Style White Rice with Onions and Pine Nuts
Syrian Style Tomato and Bell Pepper Stew with Olives, Coriander, Cumin, and Poached Eggs
Greek Matzah Meal Pie with Spinach, Dill, and Onions
Greek Layered Maztah Pie with Pot Cheese and Grated Sharp Cheese
Matzah “Lasagna” with Cheese, Basil, Onions, and Tomato Sauce
Black Cherry Ice Cream, Vanilla Gelato, Blood Orange Sorbet (brought by Cousins Jeff, Beth, Zoe)
Ground Toasted Almond Cake with Almond Syrup
Pistachio Macaroons with Orange Blossom Water
Walnut-Pecan-Date Macaroons with Cinnamon
Flourless Chocolate Torte with Ground Almond Crust and Creamy Tahini Glaze
(added candle for Mom’s and Jeff’s birthdays)
We used props to act out some of the story of the Exodus in the Haggadah (see photos below).
I pose questions to all of you out there:
What was your Seder menu?
What family rituals or
traditions did you do
(new or old)?
Did you add any new symbolic
foods to your Seder plate?