A Bittersweet Passover

I have finalized my menu for the seder this coming Saturday. It is the second Passover that I have ever hosted. While I am happy to host the seder dinner, it will be a bittersweet seder for my husband and me. The sweet part is that we will get to use the beautiful seder plate, matza plate and matza cover that my beloved cousins gave us as a wedding present, but the bitter part will be that my beloved cousin, Michael, passed away in January and will not be here to help us celebrate the seder. He was a vital part of our seder for the past three years and his absence will definitely be felt. We will miss you Michael, but will carry on in your memory.

The menu is as follows:

Salmon with a Tarragon Sauce (instead of gefillte fish)

Chicken Soup with Matza Balls

Italian Haroset alla Famiglia Nordell

Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Spiced Pinenuts

Steamed Artichoke

Wild Rice Mix

Damp Apple and Almond Cake

Wild Citrus Sorbet (from the wild citrus trees around the moshav)

Pesach kasher vesameach lekulam (Happy Passover to Everyone) from Baroness Tapuzina and Family

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Written by Baroness Tapuzina

Michelle Nordell (aka Baroness Tapuzina) was a foodie from the womb growing up in the House of Weird Vegetables, so named by a family friend because all of the unusual and exotic food cooked and eaten there. She loves to change recipes using herbs from her garden and spices from the spice shops she enjoys visiting.

4 thoughts on “A Bittersweet Passover

  1. Dear Michelle and David, Looks like you’re going to have a super seder meal (in the Nordell Kemp tradition) and we want to wish you and David and your families a Hag Pesach Sameach v’kasher in your new moshav countrified abode.

    Sorry that you’ll be without your cousin this year but his memory lives on.

    We are by ourselves and attending a communal seder with Hasidei Vosloi. First time we will not be with family or friends.
    Yolanda aided by Leah prepared a generous and very tasty supply of gefilte fish and kneidlach to last the week. i have vowed off matzot barring the seder and will suffice with the greens and other foods in the interests of calorie consciousness and diet. interests of lefor

    Brachot Hag Sameach to you and your food fans from the the Randels

    PS I had to make a sign up with a blogname in order to post the comment and maybe this is a good thing for my pen sales

  2. I’m so sorry that Michael will not be with you. I do understand how it feels to miss an integral part of the family.

    Your Matzoh cover is spectacular – I just love it.

    You inspired me and I’m also making the Chicken Tagine dish for Pesach. I’m actually making it in a tagine – I think it’s a wonderful recipe. I’ll post about it and link to you.

    Chag sameach!

  3. fabulous menu! sorry you will be missing michael, i wish i could have met him. hag sameach to you both! hugs, stacey

  4. Sorry for your loss of your cousin Michael.
    The Matzoh cover and platters he gave you are beautiful.
    You planned a fantastic menu. Chag Pesach Sameach!
    -manuela (baking history)

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