Last night was the first night of Passover.
The seder is the dinner where we all gather 'round and read the story of Passover, how Moses freed the slaves from Egypt.
We eat unleavened bread (matzoh), and other symbolic dishes on this important holiday.
Last night was the first seder, and my friend Deborah always hosts the first night. 30+ people, Jews and gentiles alike. Neighbors, friends and family. All are welcome to this celebration.
She moves her furniture out of the living room and sets up a big horseshoe table, and everyone participates in the readings, and everyone eats. (click here for last year's seder).
My job is always to bring the haroset, the fruit and nut spread that symbolizes the mortar that the slaves used to hold the bricks together.
Sounds appetizing, doesn't it?
I promise, it is. It's delicious. I make it with dates, nuts, apples and sweet wine. Click here for the recipe.
Some highlights....there was too much food to mention (or photograph!)
The BEST brisket.....recipe to follow
The tallest person always has to adjust the lighting (that would be my husband)
Matzoh Ball Soup
I also bring the macaroons. They are always a crowd pleaser.
This year for some reason, they came out flat! I think it was because I used all natural coconut, the kind that is dried and organic, instead of the usual bag of sweetened coconut flakes that I usually use. Also maybe because I baked them on a rainy day? I know sometimes humidity has something to do with bad baking results.
They were ugly, but still tasted good.