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For DIY-loving Passover celebrants
Making your own Matzah seems easy enough, if you can work quickly. The key is to get it all done before the dough has a chance to rise! We found this straight-forward video on Youtube that breaks down the whole baking process.
- 1 cup cold spring water
- 3 cups Kosher for Passover flour
- a large bowl
- parchment paper
- a cookie sheet
Have you ever made your own Matzah?
Image via Youtube
2. What are your favourite parts of the seder meal?
I love the four questions. As a newish dad, I find them really moving. I love the Manischevitz. And I love the actual meal. My mom is an amazing cook and she also makes a lot of non Passover recipes that my Nanny and Bubby made, so it’s more than just a seder, it’s a historical family nostalgia feast.
Make the Jewish holiday fun and meaningful for kids without breaking your Matzo balls
The lengthy seder may not be your kids’ idea of a good time. The problem of keeping little ones in their seats has been tackled with varying degrees of success in homes throughout the world, ranging from plague performances to beating them with scallions. We looked to some of the coolest Jews we know to offer their tips on how to make seder interesting, educational and complete with some humour. But first’s thing’s first, you got to start with a cool Haggadah.
GETTING FRESH WITH MATZAH
There’s something for everyone in our 5 recipe Matzah round up. We have some seriously creative ways to make this Passover staple more kid friendly: matzo meatloaf, vegan matzo, and chocolate toffee matzoh candy. Who ever said Matzah has to be boring?
How do you decide on a Haggadah?
There are basically a million versions of the Haggadah out there so how do you choose the right one? Do you go with the holiest, most solemn and serious book you can find (no), or maybe something a little shorter and way more fun to make sure your kids are as into the seder as everyone else (yes)?
1. DIY Seder
This site lets you build your own Haggadah according to your family’s needs. All you do is answer a few questions and then print out the pages you need! And if you don’t want to print anything out, just bring your iPad to the table. As the title suggests, DIY Seder is for those who like to be a little creative, so if building a matzah house or showing your kids a Passover word cloud is the kind of thing you dig, go with this.
Join the Matzo Squad on their Mission
Mama Doni created this fun Passover song and video, “Mission Immatzoble.” Are you running out to your local kosher aisle in the very near future to pick up all your seder supplies? Then maybe you can relate to the mission, if you choose to accept it: Find as much Kosher for Passover food as humanly possible! Let’s see how well Mama Doni, the kids and her puppets fare:
Image via YouTube
Your Sunday Morning Plan
This is the Sunday right before Passover, so why not gear up for some Matzah Brei? We called Bunch staffer Pamela’s Bubby Elsa for her recipe (and story):
You’ll need (no proportions given):
- Matzah (regular or whole wheat)
- Miscellaneous omelette-type ingredient, eg. red Pepper or cheese (“If you want to make it fancier… in my day, we made it plain”)
Whisk the eggs and add the salt and pepper. Break up the matzah. In terms of the great “to soak or not to soak” matzah debate, Bubby Elsa says, “In my house years ago, we just wet it a bit — most people wet it more or soak it more or something, but just wet it a little bit. If it’s whole wheat matzah, maybe soak it a bit more. Mix with eggs and fry a bit.
Enjoy these photos of Passover seders and Easter dinners gone by
Brace yourself for more grainy photos, horrible haircuts, precocious preschoolers and mucho amounts of manischewitz as we journey back in time to remember some awesome family holidays. Goodness, we love retro photos!
Do you have any retro family holiday photos you’d like to share with us? Send photos of family holiday fun to email@example.com or find us on Flickr.
What role does social media have in the telling of the Exodus from Egypt? We asked Daniel Berkal, inventor of the Tweder, to tell us a bit more about that.
What led you to start the Tweder?
The initial thought behind the Tweder was that it was a way for people from all over the world to have access to a proper seder. But there was more to it… While noticing a bored relative sending text messages under the table during a seder several years back, it became obvious that the printed page seder is no longer as relevant to today’s audience as it could be. This is a time when the entire family comes together to take part in a ritual dinner that maintains the traditional structure while also being open to dramatic interpretation. No two seders are exactly the same and it changes over time. It’s part of the beauty of the holiday. It’s also an inclusive holiday… one in which everyone is supposed to take part. What better way to get involved than through Twitter?
In rounding up tales of Passover traditions, we thought it would be interesting to ask someone for whom Passover is relatively new (and probably strange). We asked Benjamin Errett, Managing Editor at the National Post and author of Jew and Improved, to tell us about his seder experiences. And since his decision to convert was based on his wife Sarah, it is only fitting that she helped him with the interview. Below is Ben Errett’s interview, as illustrated (and added to–see the ending) by his wife, Sarah Lazarovic.
Sarah Lazarovic’s illustrations are featured throughout her husband Benjamin Errett’s Jew and Improved: How Choosing to be Chosen Made Me A Better Man. The HarperCollins Canada book is now out in paperback and available here.
Where are ya gonna stash that afikomen?
This Passover, you should make this incredible Afikomen envelope! This felt envelope from Kveller.com is a great option for an afikomen-hiding apparatus to make with your kids.
- Felt for the envelope as well as to decorate it
- A pencil
- A ruler
- Sharp scissors
- Sponge or paint brush
- Trim or ribbon
- Hot glue gun
- A button, snap closure, or hook and eye closure (optional)
1. Cut out a square or rectangular envelope shape (or copy the one provided on Kveller.com)
2. Write, paint or stencil the word “afikomen” in English or Hebrew onto the flap closure of the envelope. Check out Kveller’s detailed instructions on getting your letters and shapes just so.