When I was growing up, my parents hosted all of the religious holiday meals in our home. Sad to say but we had the only kosher & observant home in our family. I always loved knowing that as a family we would put together a nice holiday evening. Passover was probably my favorite holiday since my mother allowed me to start helping with the preparations when I was about 8 years old. She showed me how to make charoses, & to this day I have great memories of sitting at the kitchen table with my mother & grandmother while we all did our thing.
When David & I got married, it wasn't long after that my dad moved to California so we went to David's family for the religious holidays & my family for the secular holidays. For some reason, his family only did the Passover Seder on the first night. It's a tradition that continues to this day, & now that we have our own beautiful daughter, we decided to change things up a bit.
Erin & I went to our niece Deena's house for the first night. Seder was definitely interesting. This year, we decided that Erin needed to experience her own family Seder. I set about preparing our dinner in the hopes I wouldn't poison anyone.
I cooked the roast chicken with potatoes & onions, which by the way were totally yummilicious. I decided that Erin needed to take an active part in the process. Since I started making the charoses when I was 8 years old, I knew this would be a good time for her to start. The thing here is that I spent days looking for a new recipe. I'm highly allergic to walnuts so I needed something that wasn't the traditional Ashkenazi charoses. After looking up a few recipes, I took a little from here & a little from there.
The Seder didn't go as easily as I had hoped. However, we did have one. Hopefully next year's Seder will go better.
|Simple salad using heirloom tomatoes & English cucumbers from the farmers' market we went to a few days earlier.|
|Walnut-free charoses - not bad at all|