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Have A Wild Purim Party With the Mamiyes!

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Have A Wild Purim Party With the Mamiyes!

13 Comments 01 March 2015

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy this re-post from 2012….

 

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Dear Hostesses, I know that your are all thinking that I am the one responsible for this magnificent jungle themed table, but no, I must admit- all of the credit goes to my official partner in crime, my sister in law A……Mamiye. About two weeks ago, she graciously invited my family over for a Purim Party Seudah, and thrilled to be let off the hook, I quickly accepted.

A….. always puts extra effort into her Purim Party theme and  literally involves every member of her family into the fun of the holiday. One year she came to my door dressed as the wicked witch, with themed mishloach manot in hand, and each kid (plus my brother in law) was in tow as another member of the Wizard of Oz family. (I was told  that if I posted the pictures, I would be excommunicated). Another fun year she made us all dress up in 80’s garb and I had a great time exhuming my old favorite lime neon green shoulder padded short jacket (the matching mini-mini skirt wouldn’t zip), and I blew off the dust from my beloved 3 inch hanging gem encrusted  gold costume earrings (why I still have all that stuff, I do not know). I PUFFED up my hair, and tried to replicate my  Stagelight blue eyeshadow (who remembers Blue Roses sticky lip gloss?). ( If this era applies to you,  click here and reminisce with fads from the 80’s). Anyways, Allegra treated us all to a whole 80’s experience that Purim holiday, including an entire homage to Rick Springfield and his music. (ahem).

 Fast forward to Purim 2012- Knowing that we would have to spotlight this holiday table on The Jewish Hostess, we quickly began to brainstorm.  An adventurous sarfari theme came to mind and we got to work. Digging into both of  our  storage closets, we dug up anything and everything that was wood, orange, green, exotic, and bright. Within three minutes my niece was at my door ready to pick up my tropical finds.

A….. went to work on the computer and in her own words “‎​Got the bandana’napkins’ and the hanging balls and animal print bags from Oriental Trading. Dirt cheap. Got the ‘bambu’ disposable plates from Paper goods. All the rest is yours and my stuff dug up from the archives!”

A….. spent the next two days singlehandedly setting up her table, and  so excited with how it was coming out, she called me at midnight to come check it out. 

Twenty years ago A….. and I used to dream of running to Bergdorfs, but now all we were thinking of was when we could find a minute to run to the flower market for some brights  that would polish off the table. We finally got there yesterday, parked illegally and within 10 minutes we had acquired a bunch of beautiful vines, leaves, and exotics, plus, of course, a parking ticket.

I ran to the fruit store (this was the one day of the year that Ouri’s didn’t have baby bananas!) and I grabbed some mangoes, kiwis, oranges, and pineapple, brought it to her house dumped them into our wood bowls, and within three minutes we were ready for photographer Gary Zindel to snap some photos.

Check it out A……’s Purim party efforts below and enjoy! Happy Purim! Marlene

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Classic No-Fail Hammentashen Recipe

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Classic No-Fail Hammentashen Recipe

10 Comments 09 February 2012

Whether you spell it hamantaschen, hamantashen, hamentaschen hamentashen,or hammentoshen, every Jewish Hostess has their favorite Purim classic triangular cookie that will be handed down to their kids and grandkids. This great no-fail, easy recipe is on page 230 of the classic Red Deal Delights cookbook that was compiled by the Syrian Jewish women in on the Jersey Shore in 1985. This cookbook has traditional Sephardic recipes that is a must in every Syrian Jewish home. I wonder if they had Hammentashen in the old days in Syria…

You can order your Deal Delights cookbooks from the hard working PTA at Hillel Yeshiva.

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 jar apricot butter
  • 1 jar prune butter

Beat eggs, and add sugar, oil, vanilla,baking powder, salt and flour (add flour slowly) while beating continuously until you have a workable dough.

Roll dough into baseball size balls and add slight amount of flour to reduce stickiness.

Roll flat with rolling pin.

Even the boys can get involved…..

Cut into circles using the plastic red top of a can of spray Pam.

Place one teaspoon of the fillings into each circle and squeeze with 3 pinches to form hammentashen shape.

You can even use kosher chocolate chips, Nuttela, and homemade fruit preserves as a filling! Yum!

Bake on sprayed parchment paper lined cookie sheet till desired crunchiness (about 25-30 minutes).

What fantabulous new fashioned sweet fillings can you think of this year?

Comment below!



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Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains With Regal Purim Decor!

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Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains With Regal Purim Decor!

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The Queen Reigns & Entertains!

 

Why not go all out this Purim for your special guests? Details, details, details– that’s what it’s all about! Pull out your finest wines and most creative ideas, and share the celebration with special friends and loved ones.
Your guests’ eyes deserve a feast as well! Achieve a regal and festive effect through antique golden dishware with matching glasses and utensils. The bright gold carving on each contrast and mirror blood red tablecloth with intricate details of its own.
Stained glass lanterns and candles provide a warm, inviting glow, beckoning to your guests to sit and enjoy each other’s company in front of the flickering light. A variety of masquerade masks and handmade Hamentashen help lighten the mood and bolster the festive atmosphere. Happy Purim!



Lanterns and masks from Pier1 Imports (pier1imports.com)
Design by Salut Event Planning (
salutparties.com)
Hamentashen by One More Bite Signature Desserts, 646 207 7019
Photography by Morris Antebi Photography (http://www.morrisantebi.com/
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