We just finished an enormous Seder at our apartment - 25 people crowded into our dining room. Our apartment isn't exactly tiny, but it's still an apartment, so there was definitely a similar feeling to the 20-clowns-in-a-volksy trick. It was warm and lovely and people sang. At least three people had never been to a Seder. Quite a few hadn't been to one in years.
There was an enormous amount of food, and amazingly, much of it disappeared, which I suppose it does with 25 guests!
I made an unusual brisket - marinaded overnight in red wine with the first spring tomatoes, paprika, onions and garlic. I blended the vegetables into a nice thick sauce. I roasted two chickens, which all but disappeared, and one of our guests who is a terrific cook made salmon with agave-lime sauce. There was asparagus, greens, and, courtesy of other guests, roasted herbed vegetables and salad. I served my chicken broth and one of the grandmothers brought her homemade chicken soup with vegetables and matzo balls.
I also made about 36 hard boiled eggs, a baked apple dish, brown rice, three Seder plates with real horseradish, and carrot tsimmes. People brought all kinds of desserts, including macaroons which disappeared immediately. They were nearly GAPS-friendly, so I will see if I can get the recipe and pass it on here.
When I have recovered I will post the recipe for the brisket and tsimmes.
Here are some of the dishes in progress. I was too tired to get the finished images, so please bear with me.
|The baked apple dish before baking|
|Half of the 36 hard boiled eggs.|
|Carrot tsimmes in progress. This one was a winner. Only two small jars left!|
|The beginnings of the brisket - meat after marinating and browning. We just started to get tomatoes in our CSA box. Very exciting!|
|When you're on GAPS, it's sort of like Passover all year, but for those of us who do eat gluten, I got some matzo.|