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Passover Feastings

My Japanese-Canadian heritage prevents me from being anything but knowledgable about the true story of Passover, so I will not fill this post with the meanings or symbolism of the Passover Seder.  If you feel so inclined, you can always google or wiki it.  This post is about the delicious food that comes with it.

We’re lucky enough to be included in on the Shiffman’s Passover Seder each year. And over the years, the Seder has taken on many forms.  10 years ago, at my first Shiffman Seder, it was probably the most “traditional” where everyone sits down and takes turns reading from the Haggadah.  I remember being terrified of having to read, afraid that I’d pronounce the words all wrong and be scorned.  Looking back now, I can’t believe how ridiculous that thought was because in the years to follow, the Shiffman Seder became less and less traditional.  The Hagaddah became more and more abbreviated, there was no group reading.  In an effort to really shake things up, one year they even had an Indian food Seder, (because there are Sephardic Jews in India you know…).

The Passover Seder Plate

This year with new additions around the table, there was a conscious effort to go back to a more traditional Seder, which meant a sit-down affair.

Pauls special abbreviated Hagaddah has all of the substance and significance, but in half the time!

The reading takes place, and there’s some singing as well.  My favourite part, (although not totally traditional, but helpful visually) is acting out the plagues.

The 10 plagues that ultimately led to freedom: blood, frogs, lice, wild beasts, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and death of firstborn.

More reading, and then the eating begins!

Matzoh is incorporated into many parts of the meal.  Here its eaten with charoset, a mixture of apple, nuts, sugar and cinnamon.

I love gefilte fish, even out of a jar gefilte fish. The red beet infused horseradish makes what we call “Jewish spam” one of my favourites.

Then comes the chopped liver, another one of my favourites.

And then matzoh ball soup. The matzoh balls were so light and fluffy, (Im hoping for some guidance on how to make them like this). Needless to say, another favourite of mine. Can you start to see why I enjoy Passover dinner so much?

And just when I was silently thanking denim manufacturers for adding spandex to women’s jeans, the main courses were served.  I’m was so full that I didn’t take any photos of the main parts of the meal which included baked chicken, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, a vegetable kugel and a new addition to the Passover table…

Beef brisket!

Dessert followed and as full as I was, I couldn’t help but devour a totally delicious piece of cheesecake from Whole Foods AND…

Chocolate covered matzoh – My favourite is actually chocolate covered caramel matzoh but I found this hard to pass up as well.

Most people, other than my father-in-law, look at me like I’m crazy when I say that I love Jewish food and as you could probably tell from this post, the food served at Passover is some of my favourite.  Thanks Shiffman’s for a wonderful evening!

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