... sometimes I wish I was! Not so much for the religious stuff because I'm not really into religious stuff. But I love all the traditional foods and fun Yiddish words like "fahklumpt" and "mazel tov." One of the reasons I love Isa Chandra Moskowitz's books so much are for all the veganized, traditional Jewish recipes. I adore her Matzoh Ball Soup from Vegan with a Vengeance, and one of these days, I'll get around to trying her knishes. I even shop at Memphis' "kosher Kroger" and find awesome, accidentally vegan foods there all the time.
This week for breakfast, I've been enjoying Isa's Matzoh Brie from Vegan Brunch:
I'll admit, it's not pretty. What you have here are soaked, broken pieces of whole wheat matzo (the burned edges were already on the crackers, by the way) fried in oil with onion and blended, soft tofu. The tofu coats the matzoh, just like fried eggs do in the traditional recipe.
Matzoh brie (or matzoh brei, as it's often spelled), matzoh fried with eggs, is commonly eaten for breakfast during Passover when Jews can't eat unleavened bread. However, according to Wikipedia, some Jewish traditions aren't down with matzoh that's been soaked in water, so not everyone is allowed to eat this.
Since I've never had the eggy version, I didn't really have any way to compare this. But it's tasty. Not so sure it'll go into heavy breakfast rotation. But I'll probably make it again one day. Isa suggested serving the matzoh brie with dill, so I did. But I see other recipes online suggesting people eat it with preserves or syrup. I may give that a try tomorrow.
By the way, I know it's not Passover, but if it were, I guess that whole grain toast with zucchini marmalade on my plate would have totally undone all the good I was doing by eating unleavened matzoh. Oops!
What are your favorite, traditional Jewish foods?