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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 7, 2017 By M.vrna Ossin Every Passover I found myself trying to persuade my family to eat the traditional gefilte fish appetizer before the meal. I decided that I would try a refreshing change and make some- thing that they would prefer to eat. These fish cakes were simple to make and were versatile, being able to be served hot, directly from the frying pan or warm oven, set out at room temperature before everyone sat at the table or as a cold dish served on a small plate on a lettuce leaf surrounded by individual servings of the items on the traditional seder plate. Any leftovers or extra portions can be wrapped and frozen for Passover lunches later in the week. They look so much like chicken nuggets that the other kids won't even be tempted to ask the usual questions about what is in your lunch box. They are a great topper for a lunch salad or as an appetizer at an informal gathering. If you want to make them even more gourmet, you can make a sauce using: 1 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill; or 8 tablespoons of apricot jam heated until just melted mixed with 1/2 tsp. ground ginger and 2 tsp. mustard. Salmon Cakes for Passover Makes 32 appetizer cakes, 2-inch in diameter, or 8 dinner- size patties, 4-inch in diameter. 5-6 matzos, ground to fine crumbs, divided (I use a mini food chopper reserved just for Passover. You can also use 3 cups matzo meal.) 3-15-oz. cans of salmon, drained and bones and the skin removed 5 large eggs 4, tsp. Dijon mustard 4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, crushed 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper flaked with the large 4 scallions, chopped 1/2 Spanish onion chopped finely and fried until it begins to caramelized, about 3 minutes on medium heat until translucent I cup prepared broccoli slaw or fresh broccoli stems peeled and chopped finely with 1 carrot peeled and shredded or chopped in tiny 1-inch matchstick pieces 1-1 1/2 cups olive oil for frying In a large bowl, mix the eggs, mustard, peppers, Worces- tershire sauce, and onions. Mix in flaked salmon, one cup of the matzo crumbs and then broccoli slaw. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and form patties. In a shallow plate, place the remaining 2 cups matzo crumbs and coat both sides of the patties. (At this point, the patties can be covered with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to fry them.) Meanwhile, heat 2-3 T. olive oil in a small saucepan and heat to medium-high heat. Fry in small batches until brown about 2-3 minutes. Turn over the patties to brown on the second side to complete the cooking. A no-stick fry pan makes cooking a breeze. Patties can be served plain, topped with or dipped in the sauces. Myrna Ossin has been lecturing and teaching cooking and health, as well as, many lifestyle subjects for the past 45years. She is the author of Favorite Recipes from Central Florida and the recently published, Lists for Living, Lists for Life on "Meeting Moses," the first travels to ancient Egypt in his in a new series of children's father's time machine.There, picture books, is releasing he meets a young Moses just in time to delight chil- and the two quickly become dren ages 5-8 for Passover. friends. Together, they ex- Author Robert Chasin and perience events from the illustrator Matt Roussel are book of Exodus, overcome excited to team up for the obstacles, and learn to have Meeting Bible Heroes series, faith in God. "Meeting Moses" which introduces kids to im- is a great way to inspire kids portantBiblecharacters from to want to learn more about the Torah in an entertaining the Bible. manner. Heritage news editor "Icannotthinkofanything Christine DeSouza found more rewarding than inspir- thestoryinviting,"taking the ing children to look within, reader back in time" in an al- and to develop their own mostrealisticway.lllustrator special relationshipwith God. Roussel creates almost 3-D My intention with 'Meeting images in his artwork, which Moses' has been to create a will hold a child's attention. fun story for kids, while pro- Rated as "Faith Based viding them with excellent Friendly" for all ages by the role models, and positive life Dove Foundation, "Meet- messages," said Chasin. ing Moses" is an excellent In "Meeting Moses," a boy teaching tool for parents, named Max accidentally religious schools and for homeschooling; especially with free download materials from the publisher's website. Parents will also like that Max's friends who will be joining him on upcoming adventures, learn to deal with their own issues such as low self-esteem, fear and anger. The printed hardcover picture book (40 pages) has been discounted for this holiday season at $14.99 (SRP $16.95). Group discounts are also available directly at (currently U.S. Market only). You can purchase smaller quantities of the hardcover book and eBook on Ama- zon. Plans for the Meeting Bible Heroes series includes animation. Chasin is a creative entre- preneur and business con- ~eea~ ~ ~lerou ~te8 I ~oses ~ Z017 Meeti~ sultant with experience in advertising, marketing and promotions. Roussel is inter- nationally recognized for his 3D illustrations. Roussel has worked with book publishers such as Scholastic, Macmil- lan, Nelson, Gallimard, and Hachette. By Andrew second-to-lastdayofPassover calls asking if he can bring list. Finalize menu. Longingly SHow-Carroll worryingthatyou'd"runout." a date--someone he met at peruse ads in Jewish news- 22 days out: Clear out last a "political rally." For a "very paper for weeklong Passover (JTA)--The 30-day period of cabinets to make room for famous politician." Uh-oh. cruises. between Purim and Passover Passover food 16 days out: Second Pass- 7 days out: Last shopping isoften fraught, especially for 21 days out: Announce to over shopping trip: maca- before Passover: beef, chicken, Jews--especiailyif, againstall familythatnomorenon-Pass- roons, Passover cake mix, fish, produce, milk, cheese, sound advice, they insist on over food will be purchased soda, jars of gefilte fish, parsley, shank bone, eggs, hosting a Passover seder. To between nowand the holiday, paper plates and disposable chocolate-covered matzah, ease the challenging process Start planning pre-Passover utensils, matzah meal, wine, potato vodka. Total bill: You of planning and preparing meals based on the crap you almonds and walnuts, jarred don't wanna know. the festive meal, we offer this have on hand: freezer-burned horseradish, cottonseed oil, 5daysout:Cleanandkasher handy Passover countdown hamburger meat, bags ofmayonnaise, potato vodka, sink, counters, stove, ovenand checklist: stale macaroni, whatever that Total bill: $740. refrigerator. Begin cooking 30 days out (the day after thing is in the Tupperware. 5 minutes later: Return to seder side dishes. Purim): Begin going over 20 days out: First Passover grocery store for your free 5 days out: Inform family your invite list for the seder, shopping trip: condiments, five pounds of matzah, per thatPassoverrulesalreadyap- Parents, siblings and their tea bags, tomato sauce, tuna coupon. Reduce grocery bill ply in kitchen: no bread, pasta, kids, check. Widowed Aunt fish, shelf liner, grape juice, by $20.97. beer or everyday tableware or Fay? Of course. But Cousin off-brand ketchup, kosher le 10 minutes later: Return cutlery. When they ask what Eric? A nice guy, but how did Pesach duck sauce, one carton again to grocery store to buy they are supposed to eat, reply he vote? gluten-free "panko" matzah one pound of gluten-free "improvise." 27 days out: Think about crumbs, potato vodka. Total shmurah matzah for Aunt3 days out: Ask spouse to clearing out cabinets to make bill: $347.71. Fay. Increase grocery bill by bring up table leaf from the way for Passover food. 18 days out: Begin plan- $67.26. basement. Begin vacuum- 24 days out: Continue ning menu: Search online for 14 days out: Ask spouse to ing and cleansing all sur- thinking about clearing out new Passover recipes. Brisket bring up kosher dishes, seder faces with the care normally cabinets to make way for with horseradish gremolata? plate and Haggadahs from the given to sterilizing micro, Passover food. Skillet roast chicken with basement, biological laboratories. Long- 23 days out: Throw out fennel, parsnipsandscallions? 13 days out: Ask spouse to ingly peruse ads in Travel + Passover food still crowding Braised lamb shanks with pleasebringupkosherdishes, Leisure magazine showing thecabinetfromlastyear:the dates, tangerines and baby seder plate and Haggadahs non-Jewish couples on Carib- bottle of off-brand ketchup onions? Check the number from the basement, bean vacations. still three-quarters filled, of steps and ingredients for 12 days out: Ask spouse to 2 days out: Ask spouse to one jar kosher le Pesach duck each recipe, gasp, then agree please bringup kosherdishes, bring up table leaf from base- sauce, one carton gluten-free tomakethesamethreethings seder plate and Haggadahs ment, goddammit. Settable. "panko" matzah crumbs, you've been making for the from the basement--god-1 day out: Cousin Eric two boxes of Streit's matzah past 19 years, dammit, calls. It's off with his plus- you bought last year on the 17 days out: Cousin Eric 10 days out: Finalize guest one--he can't date a "RINO" Lambert/Getty Images For Passover, Jews celebrate the exodus of the enslaved Israelites from Egypt to freedom by scouring the house of every speck of leavened food. Good times! who thinks Rachel Maddow sive than it might seemwhen "sometimes makessomegood you remember that he's 23. points." Panic. Read Haggadah. Eat festive Seder day: Welcome par- meal.Welcome Elijah. Ignore ents, siblings, their kids, Aur t Cousin Eric. Fay and Cousin Eric.Askyour I day after:Vow never to d0 youngest to recite the Four this again. Questions, which he does 2daysafter:Agreetodothis perfectly, whichis lessimpres- again next year.