Passover ends tonight, so let's break the fast by passing over the bread. Had enough of the wordplay? Then start clicking through to see carb-filled leavened foods (some classically Jewish, some simply crave-worthy) that those who celebrated the recent Jewish holiday can finally enjoy again!
It was a busy holiday weekend for many of our favorite stars as they celebrated with family and friends. Halle Berry took Nahla on an Easter egg hunt in Hawaii while Hilary Duff, Mike Comrie, and Luca spent the holiday with her sister, Haylie Duff. Meanwhile, Katy Perry got in the family spirit by spending the day with her cousin Kai, and Diddy earned major dad points by dressing up as the Easter Bunny to entertain his kids. Click through to see what everyone else was up to over the busy weekend!
Candlelit vigils, costume parades, a White House egg roll, and Seder feasts are just a few of the many religious and traditional celebrations that took place in honor of Passover and Easter. World leaders like Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama (even Kid President!) were involved in festivities, and the holiday was especially important to Pope Francis, who led Easter services for the very first time as Pope. See this year's colorful, sacred, and egg-filled Spring holiday celebrations around the world now!
Just because Easter and Passover are religious holidays doesn't mean you have to be serious all the time when it comes to celebrating them. No matter your beliefs, if you have some loved ones with a sense of humor this Spring holiday season, these Someecards will have them giggling. Check out these Easter and Passover ecards now and pass them along to your funny friends, family members, or significant other!
Home-curing gravlax, while perhaps not on par with dry-aging steaks at home or transforming a slab of pork belly into bacon, might still seem like a culinary experiment best left to the experts, but that's not the case. Minimal effort and time are required — the salmon cures for a mere three days — to yield results far superior to the majority of store-bought options. This is largely because you, not the producer, are in control of the quality of fish you select, as well as the choice of flavoring agents. And at a third of the price, home-cured gravlax is far more economical than store-bought, even when using top-quality ingredients.
Seek out the freshest salmon you can acquire: the flavor of the fish intensifies as moisture is lost in the curing process. Instructions here are for gravlax with a classic dill and anise flavor profile, but feel free to experiment with other spices and herbs; just keep the ratio of sugar, salt, and fish consistent.
Ruth Reichl has described matzo brei as "one of life's perfect foods," and I couldn't agree more. After all, what's more comforting than a meal composed of reassuring ingredients like butter, eggs, and crackers? Still better is this nontraditional version of the Ashkenazi dish that's inspired by yet another Passover favorite: lox, eggs, and onions. Even if you don't observe the holiday, consider this scramble of sorts for your next breakfast. It's ideal with sweet (try drizzling it with a bit of honey) and savory (topped with a dollop of sour cream) — and it takes 10 minutes to make. Want the recipe? Then read on.
This salty-sweet, Passover-friendly treat is colloquially referred to as chocolate matzo crack, and for good reason. In the process of making this batch, my roommates and I kept coming back for bite after indulgent, snappy bite, despite our best intentions toward moderation. Delighted as they were to share in this addictive toffee, by round four of "just one more bite," they were cursing my name. So proceed with the recipe at your own risk: you've been warned.
Dangerously buttery, salty, sweet, and crisp, this candy requires no candy thermometer or other special equipment, unlike the majority of toffee- and brittle-like creations. Yet somehow it magically mimics the best toffee, thanks to the light texture and snap the matzo imparts. So if you're feeling daring, and particularly if you have a crowd to share it with, whip up a batch.
Bread, pasta, and whole grains are excellent sources of fiber, but when observing Passover, eating leavened bread (and also certain grains as well as legumes) is prohibited. The limited diet can mean less trips to the ladies' room. To ensure you stay regular during Passover, follow these tips.
- Don't overdo it on the matzos: Giving up breads and other baked goods is tough, but it's a little easier to manage when you can eat matzos and make foods using matzo meal. Don't go overboard and eat matzo for every meal, since this cracker-like food isn't very high in fiber. When you do eat it, go for whole wheat since one sheet contains 3.3 grams of fiber.
- Eat allowed grains: Wheat, barley, rye, oats, and spelt may be off limits, but unless you follow a strict Passover diet, quinoa, millet, and rice have the green light. Enjoy these fiber-filled grains for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Eat beans and nuts (if they're allowed): If you're a conservative Jew who eats legumes during Passover, get your fill — beans and nuts are a wonderful source of fiber to keep your digestive system happy. If you're not used to eating beans, start off with small amounts to avoid bloating.
- Load up on fruits and veggies: Snack on apples, pears, and berries, and enjoy roasted veggies and green salads for lunch and dinner. Strict Jews have to steer clear of peas and corn, but potatoes are allowed; just be sure to enjoy them with the skin for extra fiber.
- Limit meat, eggs, and dairy: These foods may be allowed, but eating too much of these high-fat, low-fiber foods can also cause things to slow down so go easy on the hamburgers, omelets, and cheese.
- Drink water: Staying hydrated is key to lubricating your body and keeping things flowing. Have a reusable bottle on hand to encourage you to sip throughout the day.
- Exercise: To keep the digestive system happy, you've got to get moving. Regular exercise during the eight days of Passover is key to preventing constipation, so aim for at least 30 minutes a day, even if it's just a walk around your neighborhood.
Regardless of your religious inclinations, it's impossible to ignore the warm revelation that is a good matzo ball soup. Referred to by many as "the Jewish penicillin," matzo ball soup is known for its cold-curing properties — and no one can attest to this more than the folks behind the Carnegie Deli. This midtown Manhattan institution, which has been open for 75 years, serves up a whopping 1,500 matzo balls daily! Find out the secrets to making a great matzo ball (hint: it's all in how you roll it!), and keep watching for the recipe.
The Passover seder is a sacred meal for Jewish families all over the globe. But if your family is anything like mine, then the food can be completely decadent and anything but health-conscious. To bring some fresh, healthy foods to your table — that won't have anyone missing the traditional flavors you grew up with — here are nine great recipes to add to your seder this year!