I’m not at all a religious person. Not even slightly. I go for months at a time without religion or god even crossing my mind. I kind of like it that way. To quote one of my favorite bands, Rilo Kiley, the absence of god will bring you comfort, baby.
My mom is religious and very involved with our temple. While I am not religious, I can certainly appreciate the sense of community that religion can bring and I am so glad that the temple my parents belong to is so open-minded and relaxed.
But, it’s almost Passover. Which means, showing up at my parents house, looking slightly respectable and eating. Passover is not at all a vegan friendly holiday – at least not traditionally. Matzoh ball soup – made with chicken, chicken stock and eggs, some sort of meat (usually something really fatty like brisket), a hardboiled egg on the sedar plate and shank bone on the sedar plate (this seriously grosses me out, even if you are eating meat – do you really want to look at a bone while you do it? Ew).Plus gefilte fish – which have always made me want to puke – fish in a jar – NO. Just no.
There are a few things that you can do to make Passover a little more vegan friendly. The easiest thing is replacing the egg with a flower and the shank bone with a beet (the beet is even Talmud approved). I asked my mom if we could do these two simple things and she reluctantly agreed (my mom really likes tradition).
My favorite thing at the Passover table (and year round, really) is matzoh ball soup. It’s delicious and it’s the only thing I’m really bummed about not eating. Although if you remember, it really didn’t smell so appealing the other morning. But, there is a recipe for a vegan version that I’m going to try out this weekend – Isa Chandra Moskowitz wrote a recipe for her Web site and for Vegan with a Vengeance. I have yet to try it, but I have to say that the majority of her recipes are excellent and I really can’t wait to make this one.
If you keep Passover, that’s where things can get tricky. Did you know that you can’t have soy during Passover? Or rice. Or corn. Along with anything leavened. Even quinoa is questionable. I know that it can be done – but I’ve never kept Passover before – so I doubt that I am going to start now.
But, for any of you vegans that do keep Passover? What do you do?
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