Last night I celebrated Rosh Hashanah with friends and family. Dearest friend, lovely supporter and safe person S. was the cook and hostess [with the total mostess] who created a Sephardic Rosh Hashanah.
Sephardic tradition on Rosh Hashanah is to have a seder of sorts [not unlike Passover] eating symbolic foods. Since Rosh is all about the head of the year, and harvest and bounty and the circle of life and forgiveness of past wrong doings over the year, we ate lots of yummy things relating to fertility and dates and beans.
Add to that in Sephardic tradition they serve green and gold foods [which I blurted out mid-seder were the colors of color war at my summer camp], it was quite a bounty.
At the table too was this allergic girl, her slightly less but still allergic mother, a vegetarian who is gluten-intolerant and dear friend C. who eats no veggies and fruit [by preference].
A lot for a hostess to juggle, but S. is up to the task. She introduced each dish with a list of its ingredients as a special nod to everyone’s needs so we all knew exactly what was safe for us and what was not.
Yay and thank you S.!
Below are some pictures of our Rosh seder. Did any of you have a Rosh dinner last night? How was it?
Symbolic foods for Rosh:
The special round challah for this time of year:
Lamb with black bean sauce:
My filled dinner plate:
Honey cake with walnuts:
The now famous [if you heard Martha Stewart radio last week I mentioned these] homemade quince paste:
Flourless chocolate cake with almonds: