Enjoy a flavorful, traditional dish for the New Year.
Pomegranates are both a beautiful, symbolic food for the upcoming Rosh HaShanah holiday, the Jewish New Year, and a traditional Persian ingredient. So I thought they would be a perfect pairing in a rice dish - a staple in Persian households - spiced with classic Persian seasonings. Turmeric, cumin and cinnamon are all ingredients in adwiya, the classic Persian spice mix.
Green chili peppers make this dessert a slightly savory tart ideal for ringing in 5774.
It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over and the High Holidays are upon us. First up is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year: very similar to secular New Year’s, except with less cheap champagne and more apples and honey. Much like every Jewish holiday, there are customs and symbols for the day, including especially the practice of eating sweet foods for a sweet new year: pomegranates, dates, beets and the iconic apples-and-honey combo.
Lost tribes and hidden Jews returning to the fold offer delicious old and new recipes.
Throughout history, entire communities of Jews became "lost" through forced conversions or gradual assimilation. However, in many cases their descendants passed down (more or less secretly) special rules, rituals, names or, most deliciously, recipes, that distinguished them from the surrounding populations.
Ras el Hanout, the spice to top all spices, is the perfect blend of flavors for a sweet Rosh Hashanah.
Ras el Hanout is not new – but the kosher versions are. A spice blend that is one of the culinary treasures of North Africa, its very name invites you to try it -- translated from Arabic, the words literally mean “top of the shelf.”