Passover or Pesach is upon us (from 8 - 16 April) and that means a plethora of dining dos and don’ts for members of the Jewish faith (and those wanting to join in). From Seder essentials and symbolic nosh, we separate the chametz from the matzo so you can celebrate the holiday season like a Passover pro.
9 Apr 2020 - 12:29 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2020 - 2:26 PM

From Seder essentials and symbolic nosh, we separate the chametz from the matzo so you can celebrate the holiday season like a Passover pro.

1. Make your ball game strong

Jews and gentiles alike will enjoy a serving of gefilte fish. These meatballs are made from matzo meal, white-fleshed fish, carrot, eggs, parsley and horseradish. The latter two ingredients are considered ‘maror’ – bitter, tear-jerking herbs eaten to remember the slavery of Jews in Egypt. Maror is one of the six symbolic foods that sit on the Seder plate.

2. Chuck the chametz, cook the kugel

During Passover, chametz or foods containing leavening agents are off the table and out. In fact, toss them from the house! Why? It’s dictated in the Torah. Puffed up bread is said to signify arrogance and Passover is a period of humility. Stick to unleavened bread known as matzo instead. Here, the ground ingredient known as matzo meal stars in kugel (vegetable pudding).

3. A little schmear here...

A spread of cinnamon, nuts and sacramental wine, charoset is another necessity on the Seder plate. The name comes from the Hebrew word ‘cheres’, meaning clay, and symbolises the mortar Jews used during their enslavement in Egypt.

4. Oy vey! This takes the cake.

The old orange and almond cake has been one of SBS Food’s top recipes since it starred on Food Safari many moons ago. Gluten and dairy-free, and made with puréed oranges - skin, pips and all - this moist gateau is particularly popular during Passover, but we think it's unbeatable year-round. 

Food Safari's orange almond cake just keeps on giving.

5. Chicken with chutzpah

Honey and orange-glazed chicken is a finger-licking classic at Friday night Shabbats around the globe, so why not add it to your Seder spread, too? The caramelised skin - all sticky, sweet and zesty - is almost suspiciously easy to achieve. Don't question. Just cook.

6. Maca-swoon

Sweet-tooths will especially enjoy the macaroons, which are wonderfully crisp on the outside while being soft on the inside and are truly addictive as a "sweet" treat and this recipe adds a sprinkling of flaked almonds for extra texture. 

7. You say matzo, I say matzah

Call the unleavened bread what you will, matzo makes a mean meatball. Mixed here with sparkling water and scmaltz (chicken fat), the meal forms pillowy dumplings that float in a sea of restorative chicken broth. A New York deli staple, this dish gets domesticated for Passover every year. 

9. What's what with kitniyot?

For Ashkenazic Jews (those of Eastern European descent), kitniyot foods, which include legumes, beans, peas, rice, millet, corn and seeds, are also forbidden during Passover. Keep things kosher with grilled salmon and onion sauce, pickled cucumbers and honey-braised carrots

10. Nobody passes on dessert

Commemorating the Israelites' freedom from slavery, Passover is an ocassion for families to unite and express gratitude. What sweeter way to finish Seder than with a pot of poached apple and pear compote? This version from Cooking from the Heart  is laced with vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, then sprinkled with pomegranate seeds for good measure.


To find out more about Passover head here. If you're on a recipe hunt, check out our related collection. If you'd like to celebrate Shabbat (perhaps a Jewish Moroccan version?) we can help with that too. Mazel tov!


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