Maintaining healthy diet is not so easy in the U.S., especially when there are so many fast foods and prepared food, but if you want to have long life, I recommend Kosher food (food for Kosher dietary laws). They are not only healthy but also delicious!
After having Passover Meal of Mrs. Davis, I became interested in Jewish traditional food and wanted to cook them by myself. The chance came to me on Saturday, May 25th. Subjects of my experiment was my Japanese friends who have never had a chance to try Passover meal.
Because I never tried the recipes, I had no idea where to get all ingredients, but it was easier that I expected. Like Mrs. Davis told me, there was a section of kosher food at a grocery store. “Hey, this is easy!”
But, what does it mean by Kosher products?
According to Judaism 101, there are Kosher certification organizations, and the certified products observe Kosher dietary laws. If I were an orthodox Jew, I cannot use any of my utensils because they were not separated for meat and dairy.
First dish was Matza Ball Soup. When I saw this soup at Dr. Davis’ home, I said to myself, “This just looked like Japanese “Tumire Soup!”
To make it easy, I used a box of Matza Ball Mix.
This saved my time to cook! The balls next to the box in the photo were Matza balls before boiling. I wanted to make smaller size of balls than the ones served at Dr. Davis’ home and rolled them into balls that were much smaller than golf balls, but they puffed up to large balls like a tennis ball! The onions in the soup were almost dissolved because I cooked it for almost two hours, and it made this soup so smooth and delicious with the soft Matza balls! My Matza ball soup won praise from my Japanese friends 🙂
My favorite was Israeli Couscous. This meal totally changed my impression about couscous. (Sorry to say that, but I had a bad experience at a nice restaurant with a meal served with couscous. The couscous was horrible!) The taste of lemon and the combination of color makes Israeli Couscous special.
Charoset delighted my friends . Along with ground ginger, this rich, sweet, and fruity paste dramatically changes the plain cracker-like Matzos into a very impressive taste. “This is a bread, and this is a wine …,” the words of Dr. Davis came to my mind.
One of my guests was under 21. I served this grape juice, which Dr. Davis served in the class of Passover. This is the best grape juice I ever had!
My noodle Kugel was a bit burned while I was busy with greeting my new guests, yet it was delicious. I believe this became my husband’s favorite food.
Although I cheated and bought canned hummus, which I found at the Kosher products section at a grocery store, my Passover meal was quite successful, and my friends were very happy with the delicious healthy Jewish meal 🙂
I think the most different from Japanese food from the Passover meal was the spice. Some Buddhism monks observe strict vegetarian cooking, but their food does not have so many spices such as cinnamon and cloves. Those spices make Passover food exotic for Japanese.
Thanks to Mrs. Davis and my brave friends, who tried unfamiliar food, my 4 hours of hard work (cooking) payed off! 😀