|Presented with apologies to all of my ancestors that survived Lithuania just long enough to pass this on|
this important culture to some idiotic child like me.
I've had a few Passover Seders here and there, so let's just get down to it: The Passover Seder is a very special one that involves story telling around the table. Every piece of what the table has on it means something. It's a ritualistic meal and a very important one at that. This blog is merely to show you what I did and I don't want anyone to get offended (not that I could see how) but we did want to celebrate the freedom of the Hebrews.
If you ever feel insignificant: 10,000 years of civilization with every single aspect of nature (that wants you dead, by the way) fighting against you, as well as other peoples fighting against you, you've made it. You were the one that made it through the infinitely small chances of coming into existence. Every single life is unbelievably unlikely, and you are the one that's here, reading this now. After everything the last 10,000 years has thrown at the human civilization, you made it. I don't know if that's by chance or not, but the blood and souls of your ancestors were fighting hard for you to be here. Some of mine got lost in a desert for 40 years, but dammit they made it. Just so one of their descendants can screw up a Passover Seder. I hope they at least developed a sense of humor over all those millenia.
We'll get to the meal in a minute, but before all that I want to at least touch on what goes on your traditional Seder plate. I'd like to point out that nothing on this particular plate is eaten, just put up for the ritual and for the story you tell as you sit down for the meal. This story is a very important one to tell, and quite important to the actual ritual of eating.
What goes on the Seder Plate
- Zeroa (shank bone)
- Usually a lamb shank bone, it represents the sacrifice offered up from the Hebrews on the eve of their exodus from Egypt
- Beitzah(hard-boiled egg)
- This represents a sort of "new beginnings", a universal Springtime symbol! It's not eaten from the seder plate, but lots of folks serve an appetizer of chopped egg salad or deviled eggs before the meal.
- This 'paste' is actually delicious! It's a mash of apples, pears, dates, walnuts, honey, and a dash or two of kosher wine. Do yourself a favor and set some aside for yourself for the dinner table. If there's any leftover, spread it on matzoh the morning after for a treat!
- Maror (bitter herb)
- Usually horseradish or romaine lettuce, it represents the bitterness of slavery
- Karpas (spring vegetable)
- Most folks use parsley, which is bitter, but also alive and springy, served next to salt water to represent the tears cried by the slaves.
- 2.5 lb brisket (it's what they had at the butcher)
- Ground spice mix
- 3 Tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp coffee grounds
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 tsp whole coriander
- 1/4 tsp whole cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground cayenne
- 5 or 6 allspice berries
- 1 leek, sliced
- 1 large tomato, cut into wedges and salted
- 3 medium carrots, sliced
- Boiled potatoes
- Garden Herbs
- Hard-boiled Eggs (dyed because Easter was yesterday)
|Terrible picture, but you get the idea.|
|The picture is only blurry because it's steamy!|
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