Happy New Year!
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown tonight and I am hosting a seder to celebrate the beginning of the Jewish New Year 5769. The seder will be small with a few members of my family which means I am busy, busy, busy preparing for an elegant, yet casual dinner party.
I will be serving:
- Brisket (mom’s recipe)
- Bulgur and Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Pomegranate Dressing (My father’s family is Sephardic, and we traditionally eat black eyed peas to symbolize abundance and pomegranate to symbolize fertility.
- Sauteed Spinach (It is a Sephardic tradition to eat leeks or chard to symbolize rising above our enemies. My Ashkenazi guests tonight would prefer a less bitter green than chard, so I am substituting spinach.)
- Rice (You need something to cooking liquid from the brisket.)
- Apple Pie (We traditionally eat apples and sugar or honey to symbolize a sweet year.)
I have brought out the Wedgewood and a few silver serving utensils but dinner will be buffet style and as for dress – I may wear my pjs! That’s the way we roll at the Craftarium.