Wednesday, September 04, 2013

L'Shana Tovah

L' Shana Tovah means Happy New Year in Hebrew. Today at sundown begins the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashonah, year 5774.  It's traditional to eat sweet food for the celebration to insure that you will have a sweet, successful and happy new year. Apples and honey are a favorite.  Over the weekend I baked a Bing cherry bread pudding with Challah (a special Jewish braided egg bread eaten on the Sabbath and holidays).  I think that should fit the bill for dessert tonight!
Bing Cherry, Challah Bread Pudding

Our New Year's Eve dinner will be quiet and simple.  It's hot in Los Angeles and we're trying to keep major cooking to a minimum. We usually start with gefilte fish and horse-radish.
Gefilte Fish with Horseradish

I will definitely cook my special candied carrots. The carrots are cut like little coins to symbolize wealth in the New Year.  I just steam them and then add some brown sugar, butter, salt and a bissel orange marmelade to the carrots and give them a quick saute in the pan.  Delish.  
Candied Carrot Coins with Marmelade

Since it's so hot and I do not want to turn on the oven, we'll be having a cold salad filled with good stuff like chicken, hard-boiled egg and other vegies.  I'll serve Trader Joe's sweet and delicious Champagne Pear Vinaigrette salad dressing on the salad to insure maximum sweetness for the coming year!  
Hearty Salad with Chicken and more!

Yes, Los Angeles is really a desert and we have to adjust our home-economics so we all do not swelter in this traditional holiday heat!
Happy New Year to you, you and especially to YOU!     

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At 5:10 PM PDT, Blogger susanc said...

Happy Rosh Hashanah Ellen! The food looks yummy!

At 8:04 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks, Susan!

At 9:52 AM PDT, Blogger Wendy said...

My mouth is watering! Where can I find the recipe for the bing cherry bread pudding with challah?

Happy holidays.

Vancouver, British Columbia

At 12:10 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Wendy! Thanks for the comments! The recipe for my Bing cherry bread pudding is basic. I just chose an easy recipe, like this one: and substituted Challah bread and added the dried Bing cherries. It was delicious! Good luck!

At 7:50 PM PDT, Blogger Lisa R-R said...

I agree that dried cherry bread pudding sounds great.
BTW what do you think of the new Dave Alvin record? I am sure to buy it in any event.
best wishes for the new year
LisaRR in Toronto

At 9:41 AM PDT, Blogger Wendy said...

Thanks for the info, Ellen!

Will try the recipe in the very near future and look forward to a good nosh!

Vancouver, BC, Canada

At 10:10 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hey Lisa R-R. I haven't heard Dave's new CD yet, but look forward to it. He's so very talented and has earned the nickname, The King of California!

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