Pass Over The Food For Passover

| 4/1/2011 11:39:44 AM

/uploadedImages/Blogs/S.Collins.jpgThe Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the ancient story of Exodus, when the Israelites were freed from the Egyptians in the Old Testament. It begins on the 15th day of Nisan of the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls between March and April. This year, Passover begins on April 18 and will end April 25 or 26. Each celebration is filled with unique foods and flavors that date back to ancient times.

Here’s a bit information about the fascinating history of Passover. In the story of Exodus, the Bible says that God helped the Jewish escape slavery in Egypt by cursing the land with 10 plagues, the last of which being the death of the first-born child of every family in Egypt. God told the Jewish people to paint the top of their doorposts with the blood of the spring lamb. Seeing this, the spirit of God would pass over the house and spare the first-born. Hence, the name of Passover was created. 

It’s been said that the Jewish people were in such a hurry to leave after liberation that their bread was unable to rise properly. Because of this, Passover is also known as “The Festival of Unleavened Bread.” Matzo, which is flat, unleavened bread, became a main symbol of the holy day in the Jewish culture.

Matzo Bread 
Matzo is a cracker-like bread that is a traditional food for Passover.
Photo by ohad/Courtesy Flickr

Matzo Bread 

In honor of the up and coming holiday, I’ve found a great recipe that provides a delicious twist on the traditional Matzo bread thanks to The Food Network, courtesy of the Wolfgang Puck Cookbook. Makes about six sheets of Matzo. (Click on the link for the complete list of ingredients, along with their measurements.)