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A Seder Table That Could Split The Sea!

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A Seder Table That Could Split The Sea!

11 Comments 12 March 2012

Dear Hostesses, Enjoy this seder table designed by two talented sisters for Passover 2011:
I’m so impressed with Alexis and Sarah Mizrahi. You can not put a price upon the creativity and energy that went into this table. Give these girls a round of applause for a job well done, and after Passover please call Alexis and Sarah for all of your gourmet flavored popcorn orders!!!  Marlene
“Hi Marlene,
Our Crazy Corn business was closed for Pesach – so we had a lot of extra time on our hands and wanted to surprise our mother with a beautiful table. We made our own hagadahs out of croc embossed leather we found in the fabric store. We had my father reprint the hagadahs we’ve been using in my family for years and covered them in leather and trimmed them with ornate ribbon and tassles. To top it off we had our names printed on them.
We bought some turquoise fabric, and used it as a tablecloth. We had extra leather and used that as the runner and then added another touch of the turquoise with pleated tulle running down the center – it definitely added to the holiday spirit by giving off the aura of the splitting of the sea. We got 4 tall skinny vases and place them along the tulle. As the centerpiece we put a modern white tall cake plate that we used as the ke’ara (seder plate)
To really tie it all together we found this crazy sequined trimming which we made into napkin rings.
We also found these gorgeous gold croc embossed chargers that took the table over the top.
My mother and all of our guests were wowed and really felt as if they were sitting by a kings table!! We’re thinking about switching our professions! lol
We went around the house and found things that we could put the symbolic foods in to complete the look. We put the celery and salt water in martini glasses, the endives in champagne flutes, bitter herbs in vases and the haroset in dessert cups. The guests found it cute, to be dipping into martini glasses, and pulling endives out of champagne flutes!!
We want everyone to know that its really not hard or expensive to set a table like this. we bought everything from save-a-thon (including the vases $5 each and chargers!!) ok, so the Hagadahs took some time, but everything else was done with ease!!
If this is what we can do to an ordinary table, imagine what we can do with popcorn!?!
email us 4 tips and ideas and of course to order Crazy Corn!
Alexis & Sarah Mizrahi”

 

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Lisa’s Endive, Green Apple, and Pistachio Salad

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Lisa’s Endive, Green Apple, and Pistachio Salad

2 Comments 14 September 2011

I first met Lisa Ades about three years ago, when I was searching high and low for a film maker to help interview 300 of our communities elders for the Joseph J. Sitt Sephardic Heritage Museum. Being a sheltered yeshivah girl from Brooklyn, I was truly mystified as to how I would go about such a project, but Hashem had his plan.

After asking around in supermarkets, exercise class, (“does anybody know a film maker….?) etc. and at marjan games, I finally got a call from my friend Barbara Azizo who said, “remember when you asked me about a fillm maker? I just remembered I DO know someone….”

After interviewing several other talented people, I knew that Lisa was the right person for the job. Lisa’s grandfather  Joe Ades had come to this country from Aleppo at about the same time that mine had arrived. Her family was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., but at a certain point, Lisa’s dad had decided to move out of state. Lisa went on to film school, won several awards for directing the Channel 13  New York Series, among others.

When Lisa heard about this opportunity,  she gave up her public career  for the chance to dig into her family roots alongside me, both of us being exactly the same age. All in all, we have interviewed over 300 people together with Joe Sitt as executive producer, to produce a 10 part documentary series on the history of the Sephardic Community. Stay tuned for Episode 3- Life in Bensonhurst- The Depression 1930’s…… to be seen October 9 in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center …. tickets going fast……

By the way, Lisa is a gourmet cook whose recipes have been featured in Saveur Magazine….

” Hi Marlene-I got tired of eating boring lettuce leaves every night so created this bright, crunchy salad, incorporating all the shades of green for spring – pale green endive, bright green apple, deep parsley and gorgeous pistachios. We liked it so much I made it again the next night. And the next night… Lisa Ades”

Lisa’s Endive, Green Apple, and Pistachio Salad:
• 4 large heads endive (or 6 small ones) about 1.5 lbs.
• 1 large green apple
• 1 lemon
• ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped coarsely
• ¼ cup dry roasted, unsalted pistachio nuts

Dressing:
• 1/2 shallot, minced (about 1 Tbl.)
• 1 Tbl. sherry vinegar
• ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
• 1 garlic clove, smashed lightly
• 3 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
• Salt and pepper
• a half teaspoon of honey

1. Cut apple into 4 large pieces around the core and julienne or cut into thin strips. Remove to a small bowl and toss the apple well with the juice of one lemon. This will prevent the apple from discoloring (and adds a citrusy flavor to the salad).

2. Separate endive leaves; stack them and cut into long strips on the diagonal. Put them in a large bowl with the chopped parsley. Mix in the apple and pistachios. This can be refrigerated until ready to serve.

3. Make dressing: in a small bowl, mix the minced shallot with the vinegar and let macerate for 10 mins to ½ hour. Wisk in the mustard, a whole garlic clove lightly smashed with the side of a knife, salt and pepper to taste and honey.

4. When ready to serve, remove garlic clove and dress salad, using a little dressing at a time until it’s just coated.

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Endive and Arugula Salad With Spiced Matzoh Crisps

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Endive and Arugula Salad With Spiced Matzoh Crisps

6 Comments 15 March 2011

ENDIVE and ARUGULA SALAD  WITH SPICED MATZO CRISPS by Lisa Ades

This is a delicious Passover fatoush salad created by my co-producer of the Sephardic Heritage Museum films, Lisa Ades. Thanks Lisa, for working 24/7 to preserve our communities’ legacy, while finding a couple of minutes to send me your gourmet recipes!

Spiced Matzah Crisps:

  • 3 Matzos
  • olive oil
  • ground cumin
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (or Aleppo Pepper)

Fatoush Salad:

  • 4 heads Belgium endive
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves, stems discarded
  • 1 8-10 inch English cucumber, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces, or salad cukes
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • juice from ½- 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • kosher salt
  • sumac (optional)

Directions for this Kosher for Passover Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay 3 Matzos on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with cumin, garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper or Aleppo pepper. Place, uncovered, into the oven and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and break into large shards of irregular size.

Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Thinly slice the endive and place in a large bowl. Lay the mint leaves in a pile and tear them (they will bruise of you cut them with a knife). Add to the bowl. Toss the cucumber, parsley, tomatoes, and arugula. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and optional sumac. Add to the salad, tossing to combine.

Arrange the salad in a mound on 6 plates. Stand 2-3 Matzo crisps in each salad. Serve.

p.s. You can replace the endive and arugula with chopped romaine hearts. The Spiced Matzo crisps are also good as a snack or to serve with twisted cheese:

 


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