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Syrian Style Pistachio Macaroons

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Syrian Style Pistachio Macaroons

1 Comment 01 April 2014

While its so easy to serve your  Passover  desserts from a can, there is nothing more delicious than a homemade macaroon, especially  if you are lucky enough to get a recipe from Jennifer Abadi, community chef and cookbook author intent on preserving the recipes of her Sephardic heritage. The main ingredient for this Passover dessert is the Pistachio nut or “fisto.” These nuts are a favorite snack of the Syrian Jewish community tracing back to the old days in  where they would most certainly crack pistachio nuts while playing a good game of toleh or backgammon with friends. You can find shelled pistachio nuts  in Kosher Corner on McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn, or from Ohnuts.com.
Ka’ik ib’Fis’dok (Syrian Style Pistachio Macaroons)
1 1/2 cups shelled, unsalted pistachios
Egg whites from 2 large eggs
1 to 2 teaspoons orange blossom water (optional), to taste
3/4 cup granulated sugar
*Confectioners’ sugar, for decoration
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Place the pistachios in a food processor and blend until finely ground. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed with an electric hand-held mixer until stiff peaks form. (If you decide to add the orange water, fold it into the beaten egg whites at this point.) Gently pour the sugar over the stiff egg whites and fold in with a wooden spoon. Add the ground pistachios and fold in with wooden spoon until fully mixed into the egg white mixture.
4. One tablespoon at a time, place the pistachio “dough” on a greased baking sheet, leaving 1 inch in between each cookie. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Cool for half an hour before removing from the sheet or the cookies may break apart too easily. (You may freeze the cookies at this point by placing them between layers of wax paper and tightly sealing inside a plastic container. They will last up to 3 weeks. When ready to serve, remove each layer of cookies on the wax paper and place on the countertop to defrost for half an hour. Sprinkle with the confectioners’ sugar and serve.) Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with confectioners’ sugar and serve on a decorative platter with pistachio or vanilla ice cream (or with sorbet).
Yield: Serves 6 to 10 (about 1 to 11/2 dozen cookies)
*Note: If cornstarch is added, then its use is prohibited to Ashkenazim during Passover. Try the following as a substitute:
“Mock” Confectioner’s Sugar for Passover
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons potato starch
2/3 cup superfine white sugar
1. Pulse together in a food processor (about 2 minutes) to combine.
2. Sprinkle on top of your favorite Passover dessert for decoration
Yield: 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (18 tablespoons)
by Jennifer Abadi (www.FistfulofLentils.com).
©2002, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press.



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Sephardic Rice and Peas with Shredded London Broil

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Sephardic Rice and Peas with Shredded London Broil

2 Comments 20 November 2012

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Many Sephardic recipes contain allspice, which possesses the delicious flavor of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg ground into one. It’s a great accent to meats, rices, side dishes, and salads. In this recipe, Laura uses cinnamon, allspice, pistachios and nuts. All of these ingredients punctuate the aromatic flavors of the Sephardic household duringShabbat and holidays.

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Pistachio Stuffed Dates for Rosh Hashanah

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Pistachio Stuffed Dates for Rosh Hashanah

No Comments 20 August 2012

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Use this yummy healthy and gluten free recipe as a symbolic Rosh Hashanah dessert, but more importantly, you can also use it on the dinner table as one of the simanim. On Rosh Hashanah we eat dates because it sounds like  the word “sheyitamu,” “that they be consumed.” Hence, we repeat the blessing”may… our enemies be consumed.”

Display these pretty dates on a dish that is on a pedestal, and if you are having a lot of company, buy two or three pedestal dishes and spread them along the table so that they are within reach.

Dates Stuffed with Pistachios:

  • 1 cup pistachio nuts, shelled
  • ¼ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 pinch celtic sea salt
  • 20 large dates
  1.  In a food processor, pulse pistachios, orange juice, orange zest and salt
  2. With a sharp knife, make a slit on one side of each date and remove the pit. (Make sure you check the dates for worms and yucky crawly bugs.)
  3. Push a teaspoon of pistachio paste into each date; gently squeeze closed so that filling spills over
  4. Serve
Makes 20 stuffed dates


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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

• 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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