Tweaking Tradition

A holiday rolls around, and I immediately begin searching for new recipes to shake up the traditional table spread, I of the mind set, that recognizing the occasion is tradition enough. 
Since only the holidays most widely celebrated are treated to massive recipe makeovers or menu innovations by the media and its celebrity chefs, my holiday, Passover, receives little attention when it comes to recipe reinvention of the seder particulars.  
A late start left me with only a day and ahalf to devote to the endeavor, and after scrolling through dozens of on-line sites, I happened on a recipe for chocolate covered matzoh. The perfect tweak, it turned out, because not only is it easily prepared, it is over-the-top delicious! Addictively so. And when paired with a colorful trio of sorbet scoops… 

In this photo, the bowl of dessert matzoh is  side by side with a gravy boat holding freshly made apple/pear sauce, yet another recipe so simple and delicious it’s ridiculous not to make it every day! (saute peeled & sliced fruit in water until soft. drain. in a bowl, sprinkle with a small amount of sugar and mash with a fork)

And now the finale photo to the evening – a red wine stain on the hand stitched tablecloth.  

I’m sure it will wash out or at least fade through subsequent laundering.  Such is the risk of using a beautiful cloth, but better to use it with joy than to keep it stored in a drawer and out of sight. 

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  1. The chocolate covered matzoh looks yummy. I hope your Passover was celebratory!

    About the red wine stain – I recently discovered that if you rub in a little liquid dishwashing detergent (the hand wash stuff) and then pour some hydrogen peroxide over it, the stain comes out like magic.


  2. I do hope you had a lovely meal! The matzoh looks delish! And the stain…ummm…I totally agree with you that it is better to risk such than to keep them packed away where no one will enjoy them. As I take out things that belonged to my grandmothers and great grandmothers, hold them and try to imagine their delight at seeing the finished item, after what was likely many hours sewing and embroidering by hand, I know they used them to set beautiful tables for family and friends. Likely, without a thought of what might get spilled on them. So I too will try to look past the risk and display my cherished finery whenever I get the opportunity!

  3. So where please is the chocolate-covered matzoh recipe? I’ve bought ready-made version of same, but the chocolate falls off in the box. I love crumbled matzoh in scrambled egg, but why stop there and why just do it all seasonally?

  4. Beautiful table cloth. There is now many melaluca (tea tree oil) based natural products that may take it out. It took raspberry stains out of mine. I totally agree with you about using it. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

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