A Skype Seder


Being an event planner's and a rabbi's daughter, Jewish holidays are a pretty big deal in my family. This especially applies to Passover, during which our Memphis home furniture clears out and over fifty guests enter with food, wine, family and spirit galore.

I have to admit that while I do love Austin, I haven't been able to find a replacement for those family-filled gatherings.  There's just something about the unmatched warmth of home and Southern Jewish hospitality.

So my brother, friends and I came up with a solution.  We bought the matzah and seder plate items, made the charoset (a sweetened apple dish) and hard boiled the eggs.  We cooked salmon with roasted brussel sprouts and cauliflower (see the recipes here) for our main course, along with matzah ball soup from our campus' Hillel kitchen.

Since I guess I have some spirituality and party plannin' in my blood, I had to make the individual seder plates for the five of us as we sat around the laptop for our one-of-a-kind seder.  We held them in our laps on the couch and felt like we were right there in my living room!

The charoset was absolutely delicious, addicting and SUPER easy to make.  All you need is a spoon to keep taste-testing throughout the process!

passover charoset

6 red apples, peeled and diced
1 small package of pecans, diced
1. Mix in a bowl.
2. Taste.
3. Add any ingredient needed for full flavor.
4. Repeat.
5. Refrigerate.

Our first night of Seder was quite the success.  While I wish I could've been in Memphis, this felt just right.  Now I just need a piece of matzah toffee crunch.  Happy Passover, y'all!