Would You Spice Up Your Passover Seder?

MyVeronaNJ-Floyd-Cardoz-199x300.jpgYes, holiday meals can be great feasts, but I sometimes dread the annual menu repeats (like a certain green been Durkee onion dish one relative insists on serving every year…). Now that Passover is almost here — do you get sick and tired of the same old seder fare? MyVeronaNJ gets a sneak peek at Tabla chef and Verona resident Floyd Cardoz’ take on an Indian-Spiced Passover Seder. Go take a look, then tell us — is it sacrilege to tinker with tradition, or something you embrace?
And if you’d rather go sweet than spicy, check out our own Bernadette Baum’s Diva Indoors for a heavenly Toffee Chocolate Matzah Brittle.

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  1. I work with a wonderful woman who is getting ready for the holidays. She loves to cook and I’ve had the good fortune to sample some of her baked goods. I love working with her because she’s a near genius, is incredibly funny, talks a mile a minute and changes direction on a dime. Sometimes I wish I was one of the tribe. It must be wonderful to have such strong family and cultural traditions.
    Happy holidays!

  2. Mellon, seders are nice, but you need not hope that the only
    “tribe” worth considering for the reasons you mention is the Jewish one. According to what I have been told, Orthodox Jews are not allowed to have non-Jews at their Seder, it says so in the Talmud.
    Secular Jews always seem to have all kinds of guests at the Seder, though.
    Greeks, Italians, Arabs, and many others have long traditions, great cuisine, close families and so on. Good “tribes” all of them, IMHO.

  3. I am not Jewish, but will still be attending Uncle Barry’s seder (in laws) which will have two kinds of brisket, one spicy and one plain.

  4. so Sarah Palin is invited to her first Seder and he doesn’t know what to expect but intends on being an excellent and polite guest.
    The first course is matzoh ball soup.
    She looks at it and is a little queasy. She eats it anyway and finds that she thinks it’s delicious so she asks for a second bowl.
    Thrilled, she asks the hostess, “Do you Jews eat the whole matzoh or just the balls?”

  5. LMAO!
    Spiro, I love your posts!
    Yes, there are many great ‘tribes’. My ‘tribes’, unfortunately, are a bunch of introspective, depressed, alcoholics. Oh well, at least I have my kitties and my beautiful wife.

  6. I’ve had my reservation for the “Unleavened Bread Bar” at Tabla for weeks now–and am thrilled I’ll finally get to go. Chef Cardoz is extremely talented and the food at Tabla is always wonderful, so I can’t wait to try his version of the Seder!

  7. Spiro,
    You have been misinformed about Orthodox Jews not allowed to have non-Jews at their Seder. It doesn’t say says so in the Talmud. In fact it is consider a good thing to have strangers and the needy at your Seder. Part of the Seder is having a cup of wine on the table, known as Elijah’s cup, named for Elijah the Prophet a legendary figure who was a friend to the poor and oppressed. The cup is to remind us to open our home and our hearts to all who are less fortunate.
    Now as a non-jew deciding to go to an orthodox or reform Seder, be forewarned that an Orthodox Seder does go on for quite a while. Might be why most folks go to a reform Seder 😉

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