SERVES 8 (MAKES 4 CUPS) / 25 MINUTES Haroseth
is a traditional side dish at the seder table.
I prepare at least five variations of haroseth, a mixture of sweet fruit and nuts that symbolises the mortar used for buildings in Egypt.
Write out your menu and the ingredients needed for the seder plate (matzo, bitter herbs, haroseth, egg, greens and a roasted lamb shank bone).
PEAR HAROSETH WITH PECANS AND FIGS TIME: 10 minutes, plus 1 hour's refrigeration INGREDIENTS: 1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped 1 cup dried figs, finely chopped 2 cups finely diced just-ripe unpeeled pears 1/2 cup peeled, finely diced, crisp and slightly tart apple 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons honey Zest and juice of half a lemon.
Symbolic foods such as horseradish, eggs, wine and haroseth
- which is usually a mixture of nuts, fruit and honey - are eaten.
Just this morning she harvested basketfuls of vegetables, herbs, and Meyer lemons for the feast: haroseth (a relish of dried garden figs and lemons); fresh horseradish beet sauce; braised short ribs with parsnips, carrots, baby artichokes, and home-canned tomatoes; and lemon curd in crisp meringues.
Fig, onion, and lemon haroseth MAKES 3 cups (serves 12 as a relish) TIME 50 minutes For this savory-fruity relish, served with matzo, Giaquinta uses her own lemons and dried figs rather than the more commonly used apples.
The Seder plate contains a shank bone; a roasted egg; bitter herbs; greens such as parsley, celery or lettuce; saltwater; and haroseth.
The haroseth - a mixture of apples, nuts and wine - is symbolic of the mortar and bricks used by the Hebrews in the heavy labor they were forced to endure as slaves.