I continue to make this recipe every Pesach, as a reminder of that fateful Pesach, just weeks after I first set foot in an Orthodox shul and committed myself to converting under Orthodox auspices. I can't believe that was nine years ago. It feels like a lifetime ago. It's also amazing that the very next year I was in Florida celebrating Pesach in the most stereotypical way possible in a gated community with a family that I so loved (my ex-husband's). After that, my Pesach experiences were sort of here, there, and quite literally everywhere:
- 2008: Chicago
- 2009: Florida
- 2010: Florida
- 2011: Monsey, NY
- 2012: Denver
- 2013: England
- 2014: Israel
- 2015: Denver
- 2016: Denver
- 2017: Denver ... just the two of us!
I've spent Pesach on several continents with so many different families. This year? It'll be just the two of us for the seders, with kids fast asleep. It'll be fun, but quiet, but fun, but quiet. I was racking my brain as to what to make, honestly for the entire week, because in my mind, I just think: quinoa and vegetables. Quinoa bake. Spaghetti Squash bake. Bake all the things! But then ... then I got this cookbook for review: Perfect for Pesach: Passover recipes you'll want to make all year by Naomi Nachman.
I'm not even kidding you ... the moment I got this (its squishy cover and all) and got a few pages in, I went out and bought a crepe pan. Crepes, people. Crepes on Pesach. I've never made a crepe in my life, but I saw Naomi's recipe for Passover egg rolls using said crepes, and I was all like ...
You can bet that there will be an evening of delicious Asian cuisine, including these Mock Sesame Noodles (genius!).
Do you know why you need this cookbook? Here's a list of some of the recipes that will blow your mind:
- Fish 'n' Chips
- Sweet & Sour Tilapia
- Quinoa Granola
- Ricotta Pancakes
- Vanilla Cupcakes (with pudding!)
- Fudgy Chocolate Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze
- ... and more.
Seriously, folks, I'm using only one cookbook this Pesach. Perfect for Pesach. Because it has pictures with every recipe, and that's my kind of cookbook. And I'm a lazy cook when it comes to Pesach. I don't want to stress, and I want to use fresh ingredients and as few ingredients as possible to guarantee quick, tasty food.
When your kids are at home all week, who has time for elaborate substitutions and a dozen ingredients just to make one dish? Not me. That's who.
Will you be picking up this Passover cookbook? You should. You really, really must.