Idra, Leo, Aimee and Kristin organized and prepared a wonderful Tuesday night seder this past week. Here is a shot of the table toward the beginning of the meal:
Do not adjust your screen. Do not wipe you eyes. That is indeed an orange you see on the seder plate. According to one homophobic-misogynistic rabbi, queers and women would be accepted fully into Judaism when oranges were on the seder plate. Meaning: never. So feminists have revived this reference and placed an orange to symbolize the inclusion of different sexual orientations and women into Judaism.
The food at the seder was amazing! And, this being Food City Bytes’ first seder, some was completely new.
Idra made some really delicious meat kugel as well as ratatouille. There was also a beautiful wooden serving plate of perfectly cooked asparagus, some brussel sprouts and also homemade charoset. Charoset is, in the European of Ashkenazi tradition, typically prepared with nuts (in this case walnuts), apples, cinnamon and sweet wine (or honey). These ingredients are meant to conjure up the atributes of the Jewish people themselves according to King Solomon in the Song of Songs.
Typically, charoset would look like this:
Aimee, in addition to incorporating the feminist symbolism into the traditional seder, brought fresh gefilte fish with carrots (which I actually really liked despite Aimee’s numerous warnings….The gefilte fish tasted like one of the shrimp noodles dim sum dishes at the Chinatown dim sum place on Mott Street. yum!
………a plague of frogs ravished the land! ….and air, and chairs, and matzah ball soup! And the parsley was attacked by airborne frogs in festive colors.
Then, in fear for his life in the midst of the plagues, Leo turned against his fellow man (and dinner guest):
Definitely keeping it real at the seder.