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Recipes For A Moroccan Seder


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Passover is my gastronomic week.

Luscious spring vegetables and fruit all around us; the best dairy products, fish, meat, poultry, wines.  You call that challenges, restrictions?

I call it a spring thanksgiving feast!

So long blintzes, cereal, rice, pasta, pizza! See you next week, I know you’ll still be there!

So, how can we cope? Brilliantly! Deliciously!

Moroccan Cuisine is my first and most enduring culinary love.  Although, I give cooking demos and write my cookbooks on every imaginable theme (all-natural across the board, of course), there is a simple reason Moroccan cuisine is my first and most enduring culinary love. The ingredients are simple, affordable and wholesome, and their integrity always shines through: no gimmicks whatsoever; the preparation steps sometimes so simple as to appear deceptively naïve; the finished dish much more glorious than the modest sum of its parts. Such is the magic of our flavors: bold, assertive, fragrant, guileless: how can you miss?

All the following dishes are excerpted from my latest cookbook, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen (except the artichoke and carrot dish, which is excerpted from my first cookbook, Levana’s Table).


Fish Soup

Main Image – Lamb & Dried Fruit Tajine with Almonds

Passover Feast with Moroccan Flavors
Roasted Chicken in Dry Spice Rub

Artichoke & Carrots in Lemon Sauce
Tomato Salad
Cabbage, Fennel, Radish & Orange Salad

seder desserts

Spicy Nut Truffles
Minted Fruit Salad
Pecan Brownies


Photography by Ruvi Leider

As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine (Bitayavon Spring 2012) – Subscribe Now

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About Levana Kirschenbaum


Lévana Kirschenbaum was co-owner of Levana Restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (alas, recently closed after thirty two years), and the pioneer in Kosher upscale dining. She is a cooking teacher and cookbook author, and gets countless devoted fans for her fearless, practical and nutritious approach to cooking. She gives weekly cooking demos, and gets cooking demo engagements around the country. She has published "Levana's Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone", "Levana Cooks Dairy-Free!”, and a book-dvd set based on her demo series called "In Short Order”. She has just published her latest cookbook: “The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple”. She is launching a line of all-natural spelt desserts, called, what else, Lévana. Her weekly cooking demos take place at her apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side: Get ready for dinner and a show! Go onto her website to find out more about her demos, cookbooks, desserts, and entertaining stories at www.levanacooks.com




One Response to Recipes For A Moroccan Seder

  1. Sounds very interesting!!

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