The P-word has always been a word I have had difficulty thinking about in my mind as it involves so much time and effort. I have to work really hard to remind myself of the significance of Pesach and the incredible time it is to cleanse oneself spiritually and to release oneself from the “slavery” of every day life to be able to enter a higher spiritual realm. It truly is such a powerful and meaningful time, and it is so important not to get caught up in all the work – cleaning, shopping, cooking etc. but to take a few moments and reflect on the ways in which you are a “slave” to things in your life, and how you can release yourself from this situation. For me, the cooking part is always fun, and it provides me the hours I need to reflect and contemplate my life.
Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Butternut Salad
As I was thinking of Pesach I though too how it is known as the Festival of Spring, Chag Ha’Aviv, and I though that this year as I prepare my food, I really want it to capture the feeling of spring. In addition, I want the food to be as healthy as possible, as I feel we eat so much more on Pesach. Somehow, although we eat huge meals, one is hungry just a few hours later. So, I thought if we could add some fresh salads to our menu, they would bring with them some feelings of spring and also the healthful aspect to the meal that I feel is so important.