Celebrating Passover

As you may or may not know, Isaac is Jewish. Although I am not, I like to participate in Jewish holidays with him and he participates in non-Jewish holidays with me. We’re both open minded and happy to celebrate together so it actually works out quite nicely.

Passover started yesterday at sundown and this year, unlike years in the past where I’ve left Isaac on his own, I’ve decided to “keep passover” (in a very un-orthodox kind of way). For me this means avoiding any leavened products, including grains, bread, and cereal.

Imagine how sad I was last night when I found out that oats weren’t kosher for passover. ๐Ÿ™ I seriously reconsidered my decision after finding this pertinent information out, but then realized I had all the ingredients to make a Chocolate Cherry Bomb. With the breakfast issue solved I decided I should stick with it.

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Yum – this smoothie is so good- even Starbuck’s is trying to recreate it. Although, I must say Kristen’s version is far superior.

For lunch, I packed a roasted veggie salad with roasted broccoli and butternut squash from last night, fresh shrooms, and rice shreds.

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I also stopped by Starbuck’s for an iced coffee with soy milk while on my lunch break. That’s when I found out about the Chocolate Cherry recreation. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, work went well and I headed home to find a nice little package waiting on my doorstep. I love it when that happens! MyBlogSpark sent me some spa like goodies- a robe, slippers, and body scrubbers, as well as, two coupons for Yoplait Greek Yogurt.

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Like most other ladies, I love bath and body products, so receiving these items was exciting – I’ll putting them to use ASAP. I’m also very fond of Greek Yogurt so I can’t wait to try out Yoplait’s new variety. If you’re interested in trying it as well, I noticed that they are giving away coupons on their site right now!! It might be worth while to check that out if you get a chance.

For dinner we joined Isaac’s family and a group of their friends for a Passover Seder.

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25-30 people joined together to commemorate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

Of course, there were seder plates – each including symbolic items: the shankbone, the egg, the bitter herbs, the charoset mixture, and the vegetable.

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Some look a little different than others but they all symbolize the same things.

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Want to know my two most favorite parts of Passover Seder (besides the four cups of wine)?

1.) Charoset: A sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt.

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Fruit and nut spread- I’m all over it!!

2.) Matzah Ball Soup (a veggie version made with vegetable broth instead of chicken, of course)

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Dinner was potluck style and I had a bit of all the vegetarian options. This included several kugels (veggie, spinach, sweet), roasted broccoli and asparagus, salad, and two types of baked fruit and root veggies dishes.

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And for dessert I had some fruit, a bite of cheesecake with a coconut macaroon crust, and a passover lady finger.

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The finger wasn’t so tasty so I didn’t get that went back for more cheesecake. And when I say went back for more, what I really mean is that I stole cheesecake off of Isaac’s plate. Does it make anyone else chuckle that we were using Christmas plates for Passover Seder dessert?

After dinner we finished up reading the remaining portions of the Haggadah and then headed home with full bellies. ‘Twas a fun way to celebrate Passover with a great group of people!

Like I mentioned, I’m not Jewish, I just like celebrating along side Isaac. If I messed anything up in my descriptions please don’t be offended, I’m just sharing a my experience. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to continue to keep passover with Isaac this week. Hopefully, I’ll last for the duration of the holiday, but it might be a bit hard while traveling so we shall see.

Have you ever been to a Passover Seder or celebrated a religious holiday that isn’t your religion? What was your experience like?

– Brittany

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  1. Sounds like it was a lot of fun! I’ve never celebrated any Jewish traditions but if someone I knew did, then I would gladly partake alongside them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am keeping Passover this year, and I won’t eat anything leavened, but will eat oats, corn, and beans, knowing they aren’t considered Kosher for Passover. It’s how I’ve always done it, though, since I was little.

  3. Passover seders are so much fun! My family has always attended (though never hosted, except for once freshman year of college that involved a tad too much jug wine) and it’s one of the highlights of my year. Ari’s family is more religious than mine, and I’ve really enjoyed learning about the different holidays and traditions.

  4. I’ve always wanted to go to Temple to see what a service is like! Thanks for sharing this. I may check out Whole Foods soon (sometimes they do special foods and I believe last year they did passover)
    Katherine

  5. I went to a Seder last year and had so much fun! Except for the Matzo ball soup. I was so excited to try it for the first time ever and it was terrible! In their defence, it was from a Seder the previous nice and some how they forgot to out in in the refrigerator and it had spoiled over night.

    My boyfriend is Catholic (I’m Presbyterian) and while there aren’t many differences, it is fun to go along with his traditions.

    The plates are hysterical! Happy Wednesday-
    Justine

  6. I love that you are both open minded about taking part in the traditions of each other’s religions. I think it’s a great way to bond and learn about different cultures. Stupid question though, why don’t oats count? I’m very curious. I thought it was all about not eating things that used yeast or other kinds of leaveners so I’m missing why oats don’t qualify…

    • Hey Kelly. I didn’t know the answer to why oats aren’t allowed so I asked Mara from What’s for Dinner and she said, “Mostly because in processing, they’re exposed to things with leavening. Its a very dated rule.”

  7. I love that you celebrated with Isaac, so much fun to learn about other religons/cultures/traditions! The matzah ball soup looks awesome, I remember our Jewish neighbors making that growing up and how much I adored it ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I think the last Sedar meal I participated in was the one I recreated for a college religion course 4 years ago. This makes me want to do it again!

    PS that chocolate cherry bomb smoothie looks awesome. I might have to recreate it myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Dude that sounds awesome!! Good for you for sharing and celebrating ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve gone to friends houses for Passover and Hanukkah dinners- o man, i’m all about the latkes, so good. I’m sure Isaac appreciates u joining him!
    Boo, i actually moved to Boston from LA last september!! I go home quite a bit, but I was just home for a weekend, so I’ll be in Boston for a while! If you’re ever around these parts let me know ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great trip!

  10. That’s so great that you can celebrate these traditions with your husband and his family. My husband is Russian and they have so many wonderful traditions that we celebrate together as well. It’s so much fun to experience all of the cultures! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care hun!

  11. I think it’s great that you’re both so supportive and inclusive of each other’s cultural and religious backgrounds!

    Those Chocolate Cherry Bombs are pretty much the greatest recent food-blog discovery I’ve made as of late. I’ve had four in the past week, I guess you could call me a fan of them.

  12. Hey there! I am currently just a blog reader but will soon have a blog for myself. I just celebrated passover also and have to say that the homemade Charoset is my favorite by far! I love eating it on Matzah for breakfast or a snack during passover and it is great to bring as a dip for parties. Keep blogging….I love reading!

    Laura

    • Isn’t Charoset the best? I had it with Matzah for breakfast this morning- I think I’m addicted. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I can’t wait to check out your blog once you get started!!

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