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December 2010
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The easiest holiday on record - two readings, a bunch of gifts of food and a nice dinner.

Oh, and costumes. I'm wearing my uniform. And why not?

So. After the reading, we'll have cheese omelets and bagels, and then we'll assembly line gift bags and do some straightening up.

Tomorrow morning after the reading, Jonathan will go to work and I'll give out bags and make dinner (lamb and beef stew, tricolor couscous, fruit cup. Salad. I forgot salad. Well, some store will be open.)

At six, my inlaws and guest will be here and we'll have the festive meal.

To those who celebrate, Freilichen Purim! For everyone else - happy Monday night and Tuesday!

And while I'm at it - kudos to the people on purimgifts! Wonderful exchange, just like last year.


love the icon. :)

Freilichen Purim to you! BTW, on the subject of holy days, I just got invited to my first Pesach. I'm nervous (but pleased.) nomnivore's father knows I'm vegan, and he's going to make vegan kneidlach for me, and matzoh and maror are fine. I don't know about charoset - I guess it depends how they make it. The z'roa and beitzah are right out, but nomnivore says her family doesn't normally do that anyway.

No one I know eat the betzah or the z'roa anyway, and charoset, whether it's Ashkenazi or Sphardi, is probably going to be vegan - Ashkenazi charoset is apples, ground tree nuts, cinnamon and wine. Sphardi is usually made with dried fruits - possibly honey, but I don't know.

The real problem will be the meal itself, I'd think. I can make a vegetarian seder dinner - for years, I fed my brother-in-law, who ate eggs and fish (yes, I know, but it's a Jewish thing about fish being meat.) A vegan one would be a challenge, since there are almost no non-animal proteins available for Passover.

I can easily go a night without protein, fortunately. I think I'll get enough to eat: nomnivore's dad is a caterer, and he's used to dealing with difficult dietary needs (nomnivore and her brother are lactose-intolerant, and her brother's gluten-intolerant as well.)

The seder I'm going to is Ashkenazi and Sephardi: nomnivore and her father are Ashkenazi, but they're combining seders with friends of her father to make it larger, and the friends are Sephardi. There's going to be fruit salad and soups and tzimmes, and gefilte fish for the nonvegans, and a matzoh layer cake.

Enjoy your first seder. Charoset should be fine to have. I make both askenazi & sephardi & I've seen yemenite recipes and none have anything but vegan ingredients (well one called for honey which can be a problem for vegans).

Have they given you any idea what time they usually get out? Seders can run very long and it is good to be mentally prepared beforehand. Our are considered "short" and we are done 11ish 1st night & midnightish 2nd night.