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Spite and Malice
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I'M NOT MARTHA - Tuesday, April 3, 2007
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Hi! I'm Lizzy!! and I'm not Martha!!!
I had a whole newsletter devoted to Easter and Passover...
and then I went to visit one of my dearest friends who lives
among palm trees in year long warmth. Joan is older...a good
Southern lady need not discuss age...and her husband is much
older. I have known her since I was a very little kid.
Being with her is calming and comforting just like family.
Joan was appalled to learn that I did not know how to play
Spite and Malice. I play bridge...a long family tradition
taught to me when I was 12 by rabid parents needing a
fourth...and Gin, and Hearts but not Spite and Malice. It
is a two person competitive solitaire that is fabulous fun.
Joan told me that her parents had a running Spite and Malice
game going throughout their long marriage. They noted the
score in a bound book carefully kept for decades. Her
parents had played Spite and Malice on the day her father
died...the score duly recorded.
If you don't know how to play find someone who does. you will
thank me and Joan.
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Since I am writing about things shared...let's get back to
Easter and Passover. Despite the fact that Easter and
Passover are celebrated within days or weeks of each other,
most people don't realize the link between their respective
spring holiday observances.
Christians do not talk about Jesus as a Jew, and, for the
most part, Jews don't acknowledge Jesus at all, even though
he was a great rebbe, or Jewish teacher. The celebration of
Easter and Passover, however, provide a wonderful opportunity
each year to acknowledge the connection between these two
religions and these two holidays...what they share.
Jesus' Last Supper was a Passover seder (Luke 22:15). A seder
is a service or ritual meal that commemorates the Biblical
accounting of the Jews escape from Egyptian slavery. As a
Jew, Jesus was obligated to participate in a seder, and
during Biblical times many Jews traveled to Jerusalem to do
During Passover Jews are forbidden to eat bread or cakes with
a rising agent. According to Jewish tradition, when the
Israelite slaves were fleeing from Egypt, they did not have
time to wait for their bread to rise.
Dough for matzoh (Pronunciation: maht-suh)is made from pro-
scribed five grains is considered to start rising 18 minutes
from the time it gets wet; if not put in the oven before
then it can no longer become true matzoh and is destroyed.
The result is a flat, crispy, cracker-like bread. Matzoh
flour comes in several levels of coarseness and can be used
in many different ways.
In commemoration of the Exodus, Jews eat matzoh every year
Christians share this tradition every time they partake in
Communion. The wafer, or host, is unleavened thereby com-
memorating the last seder. Maundy Thursday in the Christian
calendar honors that Seder dinner.
Here are two recipes that follow the rules for Passover AND so
delicious that they may find their way to an Easter meal.
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PECAN TORTE WITH STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM
1 1/4 cups pecans (6 1/4 oz)
3 1/2 tablespoons matzo cake meal
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
7 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chilled heavy cream (optional)
3/4 pint strawberries, sliced lengthwise (2 cups)
Special equipment: a 10- by 4-inch (12-cup) angel food cake
pan with removable bottom
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Pulse pecans, cake meal, and 3 tablespoons sugar in a food
processor until nuts are very finely chopped.
Beat yolks and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in a large
bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until pale and
very thick. Stir in lemon zest and juice.
Beat whites with salt in another bowl with cleaned beaters
on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 5
tablespoons sugar and beat until whites just hold stiff,
In 3 batches, alternately fold nut mixture and whites into
yolk mixture. Spoon batter into ungreased pan and smooth top.
Bake cake in middle of oven until golden and a tester comes
out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in pan, upside-down, 2 hours.
(If pan has "legs," stand it on those. Otherwise, invert pan
over neck of a bottle.)
Turn pan right side up, then run a long thin knife around
outer edge of cake with a smooth (not sawing) motion. Loosen
center in same manner. Remove outer rim of pan and run knife
under bottom of cake to release. Invert cake onto a cake
Beat cream with remaining tablespoon sugar until it just
holds stiff peaks. Spread evenly over top and sides of cake
and arrange strawberries on top. Serve chilled.
note:If you want to keep the cake pareve (so it can be eaten
with both meat and dairy meals), or if you intend to serve it
several times, leave it unfrosted.
Serves 10 to 12.
DECADENT FUDGE BROWNIES
Just wonderful even when it is not Passover — fudgy, dense,
2 cups granulated or brown sugar
1 cup ( 2 sticks) unsalted butter or unsalted Passover
margarine, melted and cooled
1 tablespoon brewed coffee
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 scant cup matzoh cake meal
1/2 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 7 by 10-inch
rectangular baking pan, a 9-inch square pan, or an 8- or
9-inch springform pan.
In a bowl, mix the sugar into the melted butter, then the
eggs, coffee, cocoa, salt, cake meal, and toasted walnuts,
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 25
minutes. Do not overbake. The brownies should be set and seem
dry to the touch, but there should not be a crust around the
sides. Cool in the pan. Cut into squares or (if baked in a
round pan) into wedges.
Makes 30 squares.
A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking
by Marcy Goldman
A few more things...
The word Easter is derived from the Greek word for Passover.
Both religions share symbols...the egg, the lamb, and green
shoots or herbs.
And if one looks back at pagan times and rituals you will see
that many of the observances reflect the veneration of the
Wishing you all a blessed Easter, Passover and Spring from my
family to yours.
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