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Passover will soon be upon us and the best place to look for new and interesting recipes is the Sarina'sSephardic Cuisine App. We are sharing recipes and menus!

I love the traditions of Passover.They are hard work but very rewarding. The tradition of cleaning the house, of having everything immaculate! I like the teamwork of my children getting every closet clean!

The tradition of making haroset, the shopping the cooking, the guests! I love the seder plates made by the children in school and have saved them all, cherishing each one.

I love that I can eat rice on this holiday! I cherish the tradition of inspecting the rice.

I love hearing the children sing their songs, and having them sing the four question during the Seder.

I love the Moroccan tradition of passing the Seder plate over everyone’s head and singing that oh so special song in Arabic.

I love the way Syrians pass the sack with the matza and pass it around the table. Using the left hand and holding the sack over their right shoulder, each is asked in Arabic -

  • Where do you come from? (Egypt)
  • Where are you going? (Jerusalem) and
  • What are you carrying? (matza)

I love seeing the family togehter, the bonding among the children and the cousins, the way we interact and reconnect, taking a break from our busy lives.

I love the family breakfast of Matza Brei or Matza Meal pancakes and the chocolate lollypops. I love the special desserts.

And after 8 days of matza, I love it ending!

Seder Menu

  • Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
  • Toss salad
  • Chicken dish - roast chicken with potatoes
  • Beef dish - either mechse or yebra
  • Veal Pocket with peas and mushrooms
  • White rice accompanied with kefftes (meatballs in a tamarind flavored sauce)
  • Green vegetable - string beans


  • Fruit Platter
  • Assortment of Nuts
  • Herbal Tea
  • Passover Nut Cake
  • Strawberry Fluff
  • Chocoate Meringue Cookies

Persian Haroset
Persian Haroset


  • 1 unpeeled pear, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 unpeeled apple, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 C finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 C finely chopped almonds
  • 1 C finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 C finely chopped pistachio nuts
  • 1 C chopped pitted dates
  • 1 C chopped raisins
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsps grated ginger root
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • Sweet wine


  1. Combine pear, apple, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, dates and raisins in a large bowl, and blend well, being careful not to chop the mixture into a paste.
  2. Add cinnamon, ginger root, cider vinegar and enough wine to bind. Place a platter and shape into a pyramid. Cover and refrigerate