The holiday of Passover began on Friday night, and so much delicious, Kosher-for-Passover food was consumed. Read about the first two nights of Passover below!
I left my office at 3:30 to get home in time for dinner. Unfortunately I was not the only Jewish Angeleno with this idea, and it took me about an hour to make it home, when it should have only take a half hour. With the cohort arriving at 6pm, it left me just enough time to make the homemade whipped cream for my flourless chocolate mousse cake (which Michelle and I had made) and get ready for my family to come over. The night before, my brother Zach and his girlfriend Jayne had flown in from school for the holiday, and I was beyond excited to see them! We took a couple cute photos before the festivities began.
There were a total of 24 family and friends at my house for the first Seder, and it was a ton of fun! My dad had instituted a “Moses basket” to collect everyone’s cell phones, which I thought really helped to add an element of something special to the evening. We told the story of Passover, ate lots of great food (there are so many leftovers), and had a wonderful time among loved ones.
I started my day off by heading to my friend Jesse’s house for a yummy Passover breakfast! (Note that yes, this is the same Jesse whose house I stay at when I visit SLO but no, I did not drive to SLO for breakfast. Her parents live in LA and she was home for the weekend). Jesse made us (other attendees were my friend Shoshana, her boyfriend Allen, and Jesse’s friend Geena) a typical Passover dish: matzah brei! It’s kind of like an omelet/French toast but with matzah. This particular one was coated in cinnamon sugar and served with a variety of jams. So good! After eating my fill, I headed back home to relax for the day.
Seder #2 was to be held at our family friends’ home…with over 40 people attending! This one was quite different than the one at my house. Instead of a traditional Seder, we were given scripts to a more modern take on the Passover telling. When I saw the title, I was EXTREMELY excited: Harry Potter and the Deathly Horseradish!
I played George, Zach was Ron, Jayne was Hermione, and my dad was Luna. It was a hilarious time. It took about 20 minutes to read through the script and then it was time to eat! It was really nice to enjoy two very different Seders this year, and also a friendly reminder of how great my family and friends are!
-Girl in Los Angeles 🙂