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Rosh HaShanah Simanim Ideas

PotatoPuff Aug 14, 2012 10:23 AM

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

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  1. queenscook RE: PotatoPuff Aug 14, 2012 12:44 PM

    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!)

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      zeesie RE: PotatoPuff Aug 14, 2012 12:57 PM

      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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        PotatoPuff RE: zeesie Aug 15, 2012 08:47 AM

        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.

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          CloggieGirl RE: zeesie Aug 29, 2012 06:44 PM

          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.

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          zsero RE: PotatoPuff Aug 14, 2012 02:27 PM

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

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            DeisCane RE: zsero Aug 14, 2012 02:32 PM

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

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              PotatoPuff RE: DeisCane Aug 15, 2012 08:48 AM

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

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                DeisCane RE: PotatoPuff Aug 15, 2012 09:18 AM

                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

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                  skipper RE: DeisCane Aug 16, 2012 05:38 AM

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

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                    DeisCane RE: skipper Aug 16, 2012 06:19 AM

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

          2. gotcholent RE: PotatoPuff Aug 14, 2012 10:02 PM

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

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              DeisCane RE: gotcholent Aug 15, 2012 06:19 AM

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

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              ettilou RE: PotatoPuff Aug 15, 2012 09:19 PM

              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 heads....lol. my kids love it and its entertaining to say the least. Good luck !!

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                PotatoPuff RE: ettilou Aug 16, 2012 08:46 AM

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

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                Cook81 RE: PotatoPuff Aug 19, 2012 06:55 PM

                We actually make leek latkes for simanim. It's super easy and the kids love it.

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                  CookieLee RE: Cook81 Aug 29, 2012 06:55 PM


                  There's a leek latke recipe here. Also, a baked apple one your kids might like. I think I'll make that.

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                  jdh11 RE: PotatoPuff Aug 29, 2012 02:31 PM

                  Scallion pancakes for the leeks.
                  For the head we use beef tongue. Some years I made this recipe of "Tongue in Cheek"
                  although the recipe listed on the website is overly complicated, it's easy to simplify it.

                  If there are any singles at the meal, serve plenty of dates.
                  Quince - (Chavush in hebrew) to free the MIA soldiers.

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