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Moroccan Date Charoset “Truffles” with Dates, Raisins, and Walnuts, Rolled in Cinnamon

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Moroccan Date Charoset “Truffles” with Dates, Raisins, and Walnuts, Rolled in Cinnamon

No Comments 30 March 2014

This modern twist on the traditional Charoset recipe for your Passover Seder,was created by my new friend  Jennifer Abadi, author of a wonderful new cookbook,  A Fistful of Lentils . Jennifer’s passion for carrying on her family’s Syrian Jewish tradition is evident within the 125 recipes that she shares with us.

Upon reading that Jennifer’s recipes were inspired by her grandmother Fritzie Abadi A’H  I realized that Jennifer and I have a connection. Five years ago, I set out to produce a coffee table book  documenting the artwork of 200 of our communities artists of which all of the proceeds were donated to Magen David Yeshivah in Brooklyn.

“Our Art”- A collection of the Artists of the Syrian Jewish Community.

Guess which artist’s work is on the first page? None other than Fritzie Abadi A’H’ herself!

The quote on the page, as told to me 5 years ago by Mrs. Luna Sutton (who recently passed away in her late 90’s and who bought the painting from Fritzie 50 years ago), is,

“When Fritzie Abadi painted these in the 1920’s, it was said that she was inspired by the strong features of the typical Syrian woman that immigrated to America at the time.”

So, you can see that in her own way, Jennifer’s grandma Fritzi was also trying to preserve memories of her heritage!

You should also know that Fritzi’s father Chacham Matloub Abadi was a great Rabbi of the Syrian community in the early 1900’s, but that is another story…..

Hope you enjoyed that little tidbit of info!

Moroccan Charoset “Truffles” with Dates, Raisins, and Walnuts, Rolled in Cinnamon

photograph by April Selditch

“Here they are!!  I rolled the Moroccan Charroset Truffles  in three flavors: cinnamon, crushed almond and coconut.
They are so delicious!  Yep, I tasted one. April. “

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 6 large Medjool dates or 10 regular-size dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dark raisins
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sweet Passover wine, such as Manischewitz

For Serving:

1 box of matzah sheets or tea size matzahs

Cinnamon (for dusting the outside)

1. Place the walnuts and almonds in the food processor and pulse until coarsely ground, but not into a meal-like consistency (about 30 seconds).

2. Add the dates and raisins and combine in the food processor until a thick paste is formed.

3. Add one tablespoon of the wine at a time until the paste is smooth but not so sticky that you cannot roll it into small balls.

4. Taking approximately one tablespoon at a time, roll the thick paste into 1-inch balls* (if the paste is sticking too much to your hands, try dipping your hands in cold water and then rolling them) and sprinkle the outsides lightly with cinnamon. Store balls in a tightly covered plastic container in refrigerator for up to one week.

5. Dust the outsides of the balls with ground cinnamon. Serve charoset balls at room temperature on a platter, alongside tea matzahs (can also be served as a paste in one or two small dessert bowls, placed at either end of the seder table.)

Yield: Serves 6 to 8 (approximately 1 ½ cups or 24 one-inch balls)

*Note: If you wish to serve the mixture in the more common way of a paste in a bowl, then add a little more wine and warm water to make a bit smoother and softer for spreading.

©Jennifer Felicia Abadi

(Author of: A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie’s Kitchen)
www.FistfulofLentils.com

 

 

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Rosh Hashanah in Morocco? Check out Sarah’s Table!

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Rosh Hashanah in Morocco? Check out Sarah’s Table!

2 Comments 19 May 2013

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(Enjoy Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011….)

Thank you Sarah for sending in your “Night in Morocco” themed Rosh Hashanah! WOW!!! I wish I was there!

Sarah created this Moroccan themed evening on Rosh Hashanah  by buying nargilla smoking pipes as props from Kosher Palace on Kings Highway. Always thinking of making her guests feel cozy and right at home, she also somehow found a minute to run to  Canal Street in Manhattan to purchase pashmena wraps which she artfully displayed on the back of each chair. Comfortable Morrocan patterned silk slippers were displayed in a basket at the foot of the dining room table. Moroccan drums and mirrored trays on this fabulous Rosh Hashanah table completed the holiday decor. Thick candles and Moroccan inspired candlesticks topped off the festive Jewish New year.

This is one table that will inspire us all to make our Jewish  holidays fun AND memorable! Thanks again for sharing your evening with us, Sarah!

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Purim Table Decor That’s Fit For a King

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Purim Table Decor That’s Fit For a King

6 Comments 20 November 2011

This Purim create a table setting that’s fit for a king… King Ahashverosh- Maybe?

I know the original Purim feast took place in Persia, but I imbibed this table setting with Middle Eastern flair from around the region including elements from India to Morocco.

They key to this super saturated and princely look is textures like bone in lay and pressed tin, with layers of handmade textiles and mixing colors with names that make your mouth water!

Happy Purim Everyone!


1. Ikat Placemats $45

2. Gold Banded Glass $48

3. Capiz Placemat $88

4. Tangerine Banded China

5. Colorful Glasses

6. Gold Bowls $26 – $365

7. Floor Cushions $45 – $65

1. $485

2. Peacock Mirror

3. $340

4. Round Lantern $450

5. Fountain $500

6. Hammered Metal Pitcher $29

7. Footed Bowl $29

8. Perforated Metal Hurricanes $29-$59

9. Hammered Metal Stool $775

1. Blue Tray $199

2. Striped Box $199

3. Horn Calligraphy Brushes $89

4. Bone Inlay Chair

5. Horn Cups $18-$22

6. Syrian Side Table $1490

7. Medina Boxes $82-$98

8. Horn Carving Set $379

9. Mother of Pearl Cheese set $26/ea

10. Lavender Tray $199

11. Horn Tiered Server $150

1. Pillows $45 – $65

2. William Yeoward Pink China

3. Pink Glasses

4. Rug $325

5. Fuchsia Pouf $270

6. Colored Glasses $22

7. Peacock Placemat $4.95

Happy Purim!

by: Nicole Cohen

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