If you’ve never been to a Seder, or you’ve been to too many boring ones, then Emily Zimmerman’s fresh, creative and vegan spin on classic Jewish holiday dishes is for you.
The tradition of inviting strangers to Seder has its roots in the Jewish communities of what is now Eastern Europe. In medieval times, poor people would come to the synagogue on the eve of Passover, and they would be invited into people’s homes. A modern interpretation of that tradition encourages Jewish families to practice a hospitality that stands against a world filled with loneliness, alienation and spiritual want. Emily Zimmerman‘s family has been hosting convivial Seders for generations, and combined with her remarkable talents as a vegan cook, make for a fun and delicious evening of tradition and innovation.
For over 3000 years, Jews have celebrated Passover (Pesach), a commemoration of the Exodus, the liberation by Moses of the Jewish people from slavery under the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Over the millennia, many culinary traditions have become part of this celebration; history and culture made manifest at the dinner table for this special holiday meal, the Seder.
Appetizings – Selection of “Befores” including sunflower seed chopped liver, chopped string beans, sun dried tomato pesto, with matzoh crackers.
Borscht – Kootenays-style beet & cabbage soup
Tzimmis – a sweet and savoury root vegetable stew
Brisket – roast young jackfruit and mushrooms in a savoury gravy
+Peppery mashed turnips
+Amaranth tabouli with parsley, lemon and olive oil
Dessert – Coffee and hazelnut mousse with coconut-marshmallow creme, red wine sorbet, and chocolate-covered candied fruit.
Emily Zimmerman is the lady behind Pear and Pepper – a freelance chef cooking deluxe, delicious vegan dishes and retro comfort food. She can sometimes be found at The Depanneur hosting the occasional Supper Club or vegan Workshop. Other times she can be found working with the fine folks at ChocoSol.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites an amateur or professional guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.