I’m going to a Seder and I’m going to bring…. Do you all remember that game where you add a food item for each letter of the alphabet but you must also remember all the previous foods? I remember playing that game for hours as we drove to family for holiday visits. Thankfully the Passover Seder we were invited to was not far and we would not have gotten past F or maybe G!
We were invited to Passover Seder at our friends home. I offered to make something and the hostess suggested I bring a vegetable. This platter was the culmination of that suggestion. I did not have a lot of any one thing, but I did have plenty of veggies on hand.
On both ends of the platter are roasted cauliflower and carrots. The center is filled with a green bean salad which consisted of blanched green beans, roasted red peppers, red onion, grilled portabella mushroom, tossed with a light mix of lemon juice/olive oil/fresh garlic and topped with a bit of shaved Reggiano Parm. The whole platter is flanked with grilled onions… It was a big hit. This platter would be equally at home on the Easter dinner table.
This was my first Seder and it was a beautiful reminder that the Divine speaks through all of us. Many children were present at this meal and the hostess did an amazing job of keeping them all engaged by adding fun things like plastic locusts, cups that appeared to be empty but once filled turned blood red, and even a lice comb during the plagues. It was a very special night.