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Melissa Mayo

September 25, 2016

ITALIAN STYLE ROSH HASHANAH

Post by Melissa Mayo

Rosh Hashanah (רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎‎ – head of the year) is the Jewish New Year. It is also known as Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎‎ – day of shouting/blasting) or the Feast of Trumpets.

And it’s quite fitting, because no sound on earth penetrates my soul more than the sound of the shofar. Without fail, every time I hear it, I find myself welling up with tears. It cuts to the very core of me and I feel at one with Hashem, the Jews around the world and my father and those above looking down on us.

Over the years I have wisened up and I head to shul with waterproof mascara and a packet of Kleenex. But as soon as the Rabbi blows the ram’s horn, I begin sobbing. They are usually happy tears. But this year is going to be a very emotional one for me. Unfortunately, I will not be able to share the chag with my entire family and especially my mom. They are across the ocean in South Africa.

But it gives me so much comfort knowing they will be making some of my recipes. It also feeds my soul to know I will be able to contribute to your simchas in some small way. So thanks for giving me this opportunity. I am humbled by and grateful for all of your love and support over the years. I couldn’t be where I am without each of you.

This year I have a lot of non-meat eaters coming for Rosh Hashanah. Despite the fact that we live on steak, I thought it would be a nice change to do a meat free meal. That way I can go to town on all the salads and desserts and throw cheese, chocolate and dairy into the mix.

So I am taking my menu to Italy (no surprises there) and doing an Italian inspired yomtov. I know… a little out of the box  but you know how obsessed I am with Italy….

If you can believe it, I actually got the go ahead from my mom who is naturally doing  it old school with all the herrings, kichel, briskets and schmaltz. So fear not I will also be posting a lot of meat, chicken and pareve options too.

I’m sharing a bigger selection than my actual menu so you can mix and match it up to create your own. It’s also a great menu to use for breaking of the fast cause there are lots of warm pasta options that the kids go mad for.

So here is my spin on a very nontraditional Rosh Hashanah…. Stay tuned for the classics over the next few days.
Shana Tova …Wishing you a full round and sweet new year xxx Chef MM

 

ITALIAN STYLE ROSH HASHANAH

ROSH HASHANAH HONEY TASTING STATION

ROSH HASHANAH APPLE & HONEY TASTING STATION -TABLE SETTING

CHUNKY MINESTRONE SOUP

chunky-minestrone-soup

 

STARTERS TO PICK FROM

CRUDITES WITH ROASTED BEET HUMMUS
ROASTED-BEET-HUMMUS

CAPRESE SALAD EXTRAORDINAIRE

CAPRESE-SALAD-EXTRAORDINAIRE

BUFFALO MOZZARELLA ARUGULA & OLIVE PIZZA

BUFFALO-MOZZARELLA-ARUGULA-&-OLIVE-PIZZA

POMEGRANATE & HORSERADISH SALMON
pomegranate-horseradish-salmon

GRILLED SALMON WITH CORN SALSA
GRILLED-SALMON-WITH-CORN-SALSA

 

SALADS TO PICK FROM

SPINACH SALAD WITH BERRIES & CHERRIES

SPINACH-SALAD-WITH-BERRIES-&-CHERRIES

DRIED FRUIT KALE & QUINOA SALAD
DRIED-FRUIT-KALE-&-QUINOA-SALAD
APPLE DILL & APRICOT SLAW
APPLE-APRICOT-SLAW-WITH-DILL-&-POPPY-SEEDS

APPLE & HONEY SALAD WITH CANDIED ORANGE PEEL

APPLE & HONEY SALAD WITH CANDIED ORANGE PEEL

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SALAD WITH CANDIED PECANS & CHERRIES
ROASTED-BUTTERNUT-SALAD-WITH-CANDIED-PECANS-&-CHERRIES

SPRING MIX HOUSE SALAD

SPRING-HOUSE-SALAD

MOZZARELLA PESTO & GREEN BEAN SALAD
MOZZARELLA PESTO & GREEN BEAN SALAD

ROASTED VEGGIE SALAD WITH ISRAELI COUSCOUS
ROASTED-VEGGIE-WITH-ISRAELI-COUSCOUS

RAINBOW GREEK SALAD

GREEK-SALAD

MOROCCAN STYLE CURRIED QUINOA

MOROCCAN-STYLE-CURRIED-QUINOA

LEMON SCENTED MUSHROOMS WITH PARMESAN
LEMON-SCENTED-MUSHROOMS-WITH-PARMESAN

MAINS TO PICK FROM

PASTA ALLA VODKA
PASTA-ALL-VODKA
PUTTANESCA PESTO LASAGNA
PUTENESSCA PESTO LASANGA

SPICY SALMON WITH SUNDRIED TOMATOES & FETA
SPICY-SALMON-WITH-SUNDRIED-TOMATOES-&-FETA
GRILLED DILL & HERB SALMON
GRILLED-DILL-&-HERB-SALMON

VEGGIES TO PICK FROM

ITALIAN STYLE ROASTED VEGGIES
ITALIAN STYLE ROASTED VEGGIES

BLISTERED TOMATOES & BEANS WITH ROMESCO

BLISTERED-TOMATOES-&-BEANS-WITH-BASIL-PESTO

ROASTED FENNEL ONIONS & CARROTS WITH MINT

ROASTED-FENNEL-ONIONS-&-CARROTS-WITH-MINT

SAGE ROASTED VEGETABLES

SAGE-ROASTED-VEGETABLES

 

DESSERTS TO PICK FROM

SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESECAKE

SOUTH-AFRICAN-CHEESECAKE

CINNAMON RAISIN BULKAS

CINNAMON RAISIN BULKAS

STONE FRUIT CAPRESE
STONE-FRUIT-CAPRESE
MERINGUE CUPS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN CHOCOLATE

MERINGUE-CUPS-WITH-SOUTH-AFRICAN-CHOCOLATE

FIG & ORANGE PEEL DARK CHOCOLATE BALLS

FIG & ORANGE PEEL DARK CHOCOLATE BALLS

NUTELLA & STRAWBERRY PIZZA

NUTELLA & STRAWBERRY PIZZA

 

HAZELNUT HALVA DATE & FIG TORTE

HAZELNUT HALVA DATE & FIG TORTE

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