Category Archives: Passover

Mimouna

Photo of Mimouna table for post by charis freiman-mendel, author of "cook your way through the s.a.t."

Moroccan Mimouna spread.

The perfect ANTIDOTE for post-holiday blues is . . . more holidays! Instead of feeling let down once that the anticipation and  planning for Passover has come and gone, North African Jews celebrate Mimouna, a FÊTE that takes place the day after the eight day holiday ends.

Photo of Mimouna celebration invitation flyer for post by charis freiman-mendel, author of "cook your way through the s.a.t."

Invitation to Mimouna celebration in Canada.

Jews around the world traditionally give up bread, cereal, cakes and all leavened products for Passover, to COMMEMORATE  the part of their history spent in Egyptian bondage. Once the holiday is over, Moroccan and Algerian Jews open their doors to their Christian and Islamic neighbors and share a PLENTEOUS spread of leavened products, mainly pastries and sweets. Going from house to house to enjoy food, music and friends, is part of the revelry.

Photo of mufletta crepes at Mimouna celebration for post by charis freiman-mendel, author of "cook your way through the s.a.t."

Mufletta (crepes).

Mimouna marks the ADVENT of spring and is represented by symbols of luck and success: gold and red colors, and the number 5. The tradition has spread to communities all around the world.

The next time you’re suffering post-holiday blues, do as the North Africans do, and get the party started!

Charis

photo of 5 vocabulary words with definitions for mimouna post by charis freiman-mendel, author of cook your way through the s.a.t."

Easy Passover Ashkenazi Charoset

Photo of raw ingredients to make easy passover ashkenazi charoset by charis freiman-mendel, author of cook your way through the s.a.t.

Raw ingredients for easy Passover Ashkenazi charoset. Aquidneck honey is the best!

Every Passover seder includes charoset, a sweet, fruity mixture that SIGNIFIES the mortar that ancient Jews used for building, while enslaved in Egypt. That’s where the UNIFORMITY stops. There are many traditional varieties of charoset, each reflecting the fruits and nuts that were readily available in the specific location that Passover was celebrated.

Ashkenazi charoset reflects my Eastern European (Polish) heritage, but our Passover table will also contain Sephardic charoset to honor our Costa Rican and Colombian guests. Sephardic charoset typically includes a mix of dried apricots, figs, dates and other fruits and nuts that are INDIGENOUS to warmer climates. Whole Foods catered our Sephardic charoset, which contains figs and pistachio nuts.

Ashkenazi Charoset

  • 5 gala apples
  • 1¼ cup chopped walnuts        
  • 1 cup sweet Passover wine
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp lemon juice

Chop the apples into 1/4″ cubes. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes before refrigerating.

Serve with matzoh.

photo of ingredients combined in bowl to make easy passover ashkenazi charoset by charis freiman-mendel, author of cook your way through the s.a.t.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Photo of easy passover ashkenazi charoset by charis freiman-mendel, author of cook your way through the s.a.t.

Prepare the charoset 1 - 2 days before Passover to let the flavors blend.

Passover is a celebration of freedom. I hope you and your friends and family enjoy your meal together.

Happy Passover!

Charis

  • SIGNIFY = symbolize
  • UNIFORMITY = similarity
  • INDIGENOUS = native