Rosh Hashanah 2014 or 5775 Preparation

by Linda Capeloto Sendowski on September 11, 2014

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Today is September 11th and I am already preoccupied with preparation for Rosh Hashanah 2014 or 5775.  This year is one of the dreaded triple whammy years, when Yom Tov falls on Wednesday evening the 24th of September, which means, if you are observant, that you have holiday Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night. The days include Thursday, Friday and Saturday-Shabbat.  That is quite a few dinners and lunches to prepare for. My family enjoys something different each night, different presentation, different table cloth, different dishes, all while keeping our Sephardic Simanim (traditional symbolic foods) custom.  Lunch is pretty much a piece of cake, literally and figuratively.  Some cake, Challah, Fish and the Sephardic dairy Desayuno (breakfast), including, Boyus, Borekas, and Fritada (frittata). 

Thus far my freezer contains some Challah, cheese Borekas, Boyus, Kuftes de Prassa, Banana cake, and Chocolate Espresso Cake, two briskets and 12 dozen Pastelicos de Carne.  There is still a long list remaining, so I plan to make something every day and freeze until the holiday.  With all of that in mind, I noticed fresh pomegranates, new crop apples, fresh dates on their branches, and leeks in the farm market last week.  I think the pace on the treadmill of life is picking up, and it is kind of exciting!

For the dinners I designed this template a couple of years ago.  It helps me remember all the elements of a successful Rosh Hashanah dinner.  Friday night is a Shabbat dinner and does not require Simanim.


Rosh Hashanah-Dinner Template
 Recipe Choice  Linda’s Menu 2014 5775
Honey  Various
Apples Various
Leeks Kufte de Prassa
Dates New Crop Medjool
Black-eyed Peas Fijones
Squash Borekas de Kalavasa
Head of Fish
Red Meat
Honey Cake
Sephardic Pastry  
Apple Cake
Other Desserts



The first column is menu categories.  The second column is to fill in your choices and the third column is my choices for this year, but I have not decided 100% yet.  I will let you all know in a couple of days.  Best wishes Linda015-3





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