Gideon's Blog

In direct contravention of my wife's explicit instructions, herewith I inaugurate my first blog. Long may it prosper.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2004
In case anyone's been wondering where I've been, in a word: Passover. Cleaning the end of last week, cooking Sunday and Monday, seder Monday night (for seventeen people). (Tuesday night was seder with friends; I don't think I could've stood cooking for another night.)

Here's the menu from Monday night. Recipes available upon request:

- Shaved fennel and parsley salad with figs marinated in balsamic vinegar (served early in the evening as the "karpas course")
- Sephardi-style charoset (made with fresh and dried dates, golden raisins, walnuts, almonds and pistachios, orange zest, red wine and spices; served with the bitter herb right before the meal)
- Tarragon eggs
- Celery-parsnip soup with green onion matzoh balls
- Codfish with sweet red pepper sauce
- Roast prime rib crusted with roast garlic and horseradish, served with beet relish
- Chicken baked with lemon and herbs served with a pine nut, herb and lemon zest gremolata
- Portobello mushrooms stuffed with a mix of white potatoes and Japanese sweet potatoes, garlic, mushrooms and herbs
- Leeks braised in vinegar and oil, garnished with roasted grape tomatoes
- Roasted vegetable medley
- Sponge cake
- Flourless chocolate brownie cake
- Pears and dried fruit poached in Earl Grey tea

I'm still full.