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Aug 14, 2012 10:23 AM

Rosh HaShanah Simanim Ideas

What do you serve for the Rosh HaShanah simanim? Any creative recipes?

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  1. Aside from the standard stuff, we add in piece of lettuce and half a raisin in a piece of celery so that we hope Hashem will "let us have a raise in salary." (It worked last year, at least!)

    1. I have to look for my recipes, I have not wanted to face Rosh Hashanah yet, but for the rosh keves i buy animal crackers (i think bloomies), go through the box, take out all of the goat/lamb animal crackers and serve just the heads. For rosh dag i buy juju fish or whatever they are called and serve just the heads, and finally for dag i serve the little "swedish fish" or whatever the kosher version is called. It makes the seder fun, saves me from dealing with the grossness of rosh keves & rosh dag, and people still have room for the main dinner.

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      1. re: zeesie

        so creative!!!!! Wow, I was looking for an alternative to that. It's my first time hosting RH, and my inlaws are coming. They are really in to the fish head thing, but to be honest it creeps me out. Also, love the "raise in salary" haha.

        1. re: zeesie

          Ohhh, I did that last year! I cut the heads off the fish and mixed and matched colors. It emphasized the head part while people still got full fish.

        2. Brocha-li, and avocado so we should have a good advocate.

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          1. re: zsero

            We always have lentils because they look like coins. Not so much a pun as symbolic.

            1. re: DeisCane

              I've heard of people doing lentils before, but for this thread I'm more curious of what recipes you use for the lentils...

              1. re: PotatoPuff

                My MIL is Hungarian so the recipes are not that creative. Very straightforward. Here's a typical list of ingredients for lencse fozelek, our most common preparation. It's a sort of stew. You can flavor with a smoked meat of your choice.

                40 ounces lentils
                2 tablespoons oil
                1 heaped tablespoon flour
                1 cup sour cream
                1 teaspoon grated onion
                lemon peel
                1 tbsp white vinegar

                1. re: DeisCane

                  "Sour cream" and you can "flavor with a smoked meat"? How is that kosher?

                  1. re: skipper

                    Obviously, for a fleishig meal, you use non-dairy sour cream, skipper.

          2. How about Snap peas wrapped in butter lettuce......"let us all have peace" siman works for me;)

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            1. re: gotcholent

              On a related note, I know people like to have split pea soup because it is whirled peas.

            2. Not on the cute side but there's a great book called , I think, Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur Secrets. At the back it has like 25 pictures of various simanim used. No recipes, but its a start for you to then decide which ones you'd like to do. I do about 10 different ones, none involving animal my kids love it and its entertaining to say the least. Good luck !!

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              1. re: ettilou

                thanks for the idea! I'm soooo not a fan of animal heads.