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Tu Bi’ Shvat Shiva Minim Wheat Berry Pilaf

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Tu Bi’ Shvat Shiva Minim Wheat Berry Pilaf

2 Comments 15 January 2012

 

When is Tu Bishvat this year?

Friday Evening at nightfall January 25! Mark your calendars!

 

Here’s a head start to your Sheva Minim menu!

I made this recipe last year for Tu Bishvat and it was a great hit- everyone who was health conscious and was watching their waistline knew that this slightly sweet grain salad would nudge them to pass on dessert.

Found in the grain aisle (where you would find legumes, beans, quinoa, etc.), this often overlooked alternative for rice has many nutritious benefits. Wheat berries are the kernels of wheat that originate from the wheat plant. Because they are not processed, they are packed with fiber and all the nutrients that usually get lost in the process of making flour. Inspired by Tu B’shvat, I came up with a sweet pilaf that includes all of the Sheva Minim, the Seven Species of fruits and grains that are special to Israel.

This kosher recipe makes a large bowl of pilaf. If you are only making it for two people and do not want a lot of leftovers, I suggest halving it. Also, I always love using fresh fruits, but if no fresh figs are available in your area, you can always find dried ones. Just remember that dried fruits are often sweeter than fresh, so change the recipe accordingly.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheatberries
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 box of fresh figs
  • 1 cup pitted chopped dates (I like to thinly slice them width-wise to create rings)
  • 1 cup grapes or 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds and/or 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Kosher Recipe

Directions cont’d

Cook the wheat berries and barley according to their package directions in two separate pots (usually the barley takes half an hour longer to cook so put that up first). While the grains are simmering, take out a large glass bowl and whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and some salt and pepper. When grains are tender and still hot, dump them into the glass bowl, give them a mix, and let it sit to absorb the flavors. Meanwhile, cut up all of the fruits, then add them to the mix. I drizzled pomegranate juice on top to give it a little bit more sweetness and flavor. Enjoy!

 

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Glass Dishes – A Passover Round Up

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Glass Dishes – A Passover Round Up

2 Comments 21 March 2010

This is my first Passover that I will actually have to kosher my own kitchen. So I am on the prowl for some beautiful glass dishes that I can use year round for meat and milk, as well as for the holiday.

Here is a round up of my favorite glass dinner sets from across the web…

1. Crate & Barrel Mallorca Dinnerware

These are more textured than your average glass dish, but still very casual. At this price, these are great for every day dinnertime with your kids.

Cost: $3.95 - $4.95

2. Crate & Barrel Orion Dinnerware

Cost: $6.95 - $7.95

These have a rumpled recycled look. Very cool with linen and woven wood chargers.

3. Horchow’s Vetro Dinnerware

A super elegant set. These dishes are Fancy, with a capital F.

Cost: $281.00 - $352.00

4. Target’s La Rochere Bee Glass Collection

Cute and country.

Cost: $31.49 - $134.99

5. Libbey Tempo Square Dinnerware Collection

Go for a crisp look with a square dish.

Cost: $29.74 - $31.49

6. Colin Cowie 12–pc. Gold–Trimmed Textured Glass Dinnerware Set

Cost is: $149.99

For the price, these are really a score. A gold rimmed dish is timeless.

$149.99

7. VivaTerra Serene Sol Recycled Glass Dinnerware

Cost is: $39.00 - $198.00

Go for an eco-chic look with this recycled glass set.

8. Amazon’s Classica Glass Dishes

Patterned glass plates have the elegance of your grandmother’s crystal, at a fraction of the cost.

Cost: $27.00 for 20 piece set

9. Dishes by Riverside Designs from Terrestera

Cost: $26.00

Green glass evokes memories of sea-glass… Casual but graceful.

10. Belmont Clear Beaded Plate

This is a classic, cant go wrong glass dish. The beaded edge adds detail, but this plate is no fuss, no muss.

Cost: $92.00 for 4

Happy Passover!

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How to Create Your Own Elegant Seder Centerpiece

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How to Create Your Own Elegant Seder Centerpiece

1 Comment 21 March 2010

By Claudia Bildirici

Its so easy to craft your own centerpiece for the holidays. Your guests will think you hired a florist!

During theseder,  I like to have the seder plate set upon a bowl with floating flowers, so it can be revealed when  the eldest girl removes the seder plate from the table, (a yearly tradition).

Follow these simple instructions- please let me know if you have any questions! Just post a comment below!

Buy

-a round oasis ring at any flower shop 12″

-one bunch green roses

-1 bunch daisys

-1 bunch of any pretty green filler

Cost

-flowers – $18.00

-oasis ring -2 for $12.00

More

-Soak the oasis for a couple of hours using a large tin

-Trim the roses and daisys leaving only about one inch of stem

Now this is the fun part!

-Just stick the flowers in any order you want.

-I placed the rose one by one  to cover the oasis, then  I placed the daisies.

-Before I knew it the whole thing was full and gorgeous!

-I tried not to place flowers on the inside of the oasis …Knowing I was placing a bowl in the center

-Place a bowl in the middle of the ring.

-Fill the bowl with a little water and float flowers in the bowl.

-You are now going to top this with the seder plate.

When you remove the seder plate from the table you still have a  gorgeous centerpiece on your table!

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