20.04.2011 16.Nisan, 5771 Pessah 2; Tag 1 des Omer
This is a special time of physical and spiritual redemption. A time of celebration and family gathering!
Jews and food, like love and marriage are an inseparable entity. We know that we should eat to live and not live to eat, but somehow the aroma of plump matza balls floating luxuriously in a rich chicken soup or dark velvety chocolate mousse overwhelms the health messages in our brain… For me, personally, the haggim and food are synonymous with family; it is as though the generations before me are standing in the kitchen with me as I prepare the haroset, the slightly overstuffed turkey and the lemon sorbet – I can hear my grandmother compliment “the beautiful fish” as I prepare the gefilte fish, and my mother delight in the fragile Pavlova as she conveys her foolproof recipe.
The memory traces are so strong – and I feel their physical presence so deeply even though they are no longer here – how sweet are the Pessah aromas of home-made strawberry jam and lasagna wafting through the house as the spring cleaning gets under way. This is a special time when each of us looks deeply into our psyches and examines the haughtiness within; it is a time of physical and spiritual redemption. A time of celebration and family gathering! The following are two of my family’s personal favorites. The lasagna is best when made in advance and frozen; it is guaranteed to fill the hollow stomachs created by the absence of bread. The Fridge Chocolate Cake will satisfy the sweetest of cravings and can be made with the help of your children….