The Ten Commandments tells it well. But this post is about the things that stood out about last night's seder at my daughter Joanna and her husband Ezra. The family has grown - they have two sons (more in a minute), Ezra's sister, Kayla has married Matthew and have a new baby. In addition, Matt's parents and two siblings came up from Barbados to spend time with their latest granddaughter and were at the table along with some friends, making the total around the table 18.
Fattoush with out the toasted pita, and my take on this Arugula, Mango Salad I found on Healthy Happy Life and will write up my own recipe sometime soon - with a photo (I used mixed spring greens, added strawberries, blackberries & blueberries and left out the macadamia nuts). I brought my huge stock pot filled with 22 cups of chicken soup - Jo made the matzo balls. And for dessert, I made some Passover brownies with chocolate chips instead of nuts- tasty but crumbly and not photo worthy anyway. And, everyone's favorite - Chocolate Matzo Crunch, totally addictive, even if you are stuffed to the gills by the time dessert rolls around.
Playing sou-chef to Joanna is a lovely cycle of life thing for me... I remember her as a little girl being my big helper along with her sister... the cleaning the house and getting ready... not so much fun as baking. Now I'm the helper. I was going to take a picture of the wonderful kitchen chaos, but her "Mummy, you can't possibly take my picture like this!" stopped me in my tracks. It's nice to see the traditional dishes some of which started at my table - Gingery Carrot Tzimmis, Potato Kugel (same post), chopped liver, gefilte fish and others she's added along the way - especially her stuffed leg of lamb. We would all be disappointed if those dishes didn't grace the table. Roasted asparagus with chive vinaigrette - chives from her garden - almost didn't make it to the table - another tradition of almost forgetting the green vegetables.
Whatever holidays you celebrate, I wish you the best of them and hope you get to enjoy them with your traditions, your family and friends.