Monday, April 02, 2007

Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

It’s different because I am NEVER up at midnight on a work night, for one thing! We actually had one of the best seders ever. We got the Jews out of Egypt and back to the promised land, this year via Darfur. David had planned a very thoughtful seder that included looking at the issue of genocide in Darfur and talking about how the world might make a difference.


We all did our usual complaining about when we would be able to eat that seems to be the mainstay of any seder. It’s really hard to plan a meal that must be fully cooked and then put on hold for 2 hours. But slow simmer and aluminum foil kept things reasonably edible and everyone said it was good, whether it was or not.

This year’s leftovers have a special destination. Florence, our 91-year-old friend with a brain tumor, could not join us at our seder. So we are taking a seder to her tomorrow. There was plenty of food left over and that way her family can have a final seder with her. She’s getting everything from the roasted lamb shank bone to the homemade macaroons.

Getting everything ready for this meal is a real challenge. But perhaps the most daunting challenge is cleaning up afterwards. Contrary to my younger years, I now recognize that any mess will still be there the next day and I insist only on getting the leftovers into the refrigerator.



And me? I’m just about sedered out for this year. I’m sure there will be more fish in my future, but this year is history.


8 Comments:

Blogger Pauline said...

Sounds like a splendid meal (except you can have my share of the fish and I'll eat your leftover chocolate covered strawberries!)

7:15 AM  
Blogger Old Lady said...

This is where you read the Maghilla right?

7:41 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Bravo! And - next year in Jerusalem!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

The food looks wonderful and I can only imagine the added power of bringing Darfur to the table.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Pauline -- You get all leftover chocolate-covered strawberries!

OldLady -- We read from a hagaddah, which is simply a collection of readings, most of which include some Biblical material. Each year we try a slightly different approach. I liked what my husband came up with for last night, which allowed everyone a chance to read. We actually had a very interesting reading first that explored the similarities and differences between Passover and Easter. It was especially appropriate since 2 of our guests were Catholic.

Reya -- One of these years we'll just have to make it to Jerusalem!

Kristin -- Since Passover explores the plight of oppressed people, the Darfur discussion was quite appropriate.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I'm with Pauline on the fish and chocolate Strawbs!
Glad you could let go of the messy kitchen! You're priming yourself for the relaxed attitude of retirement!

1:08 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Can I put in for an order of those Macarroons?

2:33 PM  
Blogger steve said...

And a Kugel!!!!...Thats what I used to get to make almost monthly at a Hotel I worked at...funniest recipe I ever saw, and I didn't like making it, but I had the biggest bowl of it when the leftovers came back!

2:40 PM  

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