Ten Plagues from Haggadot. com
There are many ways to get your family, children, or students involved with narratives from the bible. One method that’s used is “parsha foods”. Each week the creative food thinker looks at the parsha and figures out a way to bring the story to life through food.
Eleanore Lightstone, cook extraordinaire, lives in Jerusalem with her family. She created a Shabbat menu featuring the plagues from the story of the Exodus. Her two assistants, Faygle Train and Arava Lightstone helped with the preparations.
Their menu was as follows-
blood– dipping sauce frogs– cucumber and pickles lice– olives with cloves for pincers wild animals– pizza in the shape of various animals pestilence– sushi with black sesame seeds boils– cherry tomatoes fiery hail– ice cubes with pomegranate seeds locusts– butterscotch cookies darkness– black liquorice death of the firstborn– broken heart cookies
The next three plagues, the just desserts are below.
It’s fun to create a meal that includes scenes or ideas from the parsha. Here is the recipe for the broken heart cookies:
2 eggs 2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup sugar 3 cups of flour
1/2 cup oil dash of salt
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 375 o F or 190 o C
Combine the eggs, sugar, oil and water until blended. Add the dry ingredients and combine. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Sprinkle some flour on a counter and roll out a piece of dough to about 1/8″ thick. Cut the dough into shapes using a heart cookie cutter. Place on a cookie sheet. Repeat using all the pieces of dough. Bake for 8 -10 minutes, until slightly golden.
6 responses to “Parsha Foods”
interesting idea for instilling the weekly teachings, thanks
Glad you enjoyed it. Have a good Shabbat.
So creative. Absolutely wonderful! Gwen
Thanks Gwen. Eleanore did such a great job! I put together the last three because they were in this week’s reading, and the other seven were in last week’s reading. The locusts were fun and easy!
Amazing! Thank you for this. I will save it for Pesach.
So glad you enjoyed it- I hadn’t realized, but yes, most of this is acceptable even for the strict Ashkenazi household. And instead of rice in the sushi one could use quinoa!