As most of you may already know, it is Passover! The Jewish holiday commemorating the Jews who escaped Egypt and were freed from slavery. It begins on the 15th day of Nisan (the first month of the Jewish calendar). It is celebrated for 8 days. This means, that for 8 days the Jewish people cannot eat a grain product that is fermented or the substance that can cause fermentation. So, now that I am back in school after being home for the sedar (traditional gathering of family and friends for a dinner/feast to re-tell the story of the Jews escaping Egypt from a Haggadah), what am I supposed to eat?
With no bread, no crackers, no french fries, no candy (corn syrup counts!), no sushi/rice...what is there to eat around here? This is a very important "question" of Passover!
For starters, go to the grocery store and pick up a few boxes of matzah---as gross as it may taste, you are going to need to crunch and put cream cheese on SOMETHING! I usually have Matzah Brei for breakfast at home, but since I don't have a kitchen at school that option gets scrapped. Instead I bought cream cheese and butter to spread. I also suggest buying kosher for passover potatoe chips. They satisfy your salt cravings and are crunchy at the same time. For those of you lucky sophomores and up students who have kitchens, not only is Matzah Brei an option for you, but also my personal favorite, Matzah Pizza!! To get the recipe for Matzah Pizza, click here.
Passover is a good time to begin that diet you have been putting off. It is a great week to start getting back into the routine of eating lots of fruits, veggies, eggs, fish, and meat...things that are very easy to avoid when you are away from home. Solid places to order from around here are: Pita Pit (for salads), Gallery (salads), Brown Bag (salads), Sizzex (salads, fruits, veggies, chicken), and any restaurant around D.C for just chicken. An even better alternative is the GW Hillel.They welcome you with open doors. According to their website:
"Let all who are hungry come and eat."
Oh, and incase you were wondering-being it is 4/20 and all-according to this article, Marijuana smoking is NOT kosher for Passover!!