Pesach post-mortem 2014

By | April 24, 2014

This post-mortem thing is the last part of my personal Pesach notes collection. (The others are my Google doc grocery lists and my emails to myself about which kitchen things we already have, which ones I wished we had, and which measurements and cooking times worked/didn’t work for specific dishes. I’ll spare you.)

Anyway, this year was a pretty delicious Pesach. Some of our favorites:

Toddler’s favorite: Whole wheat cottage cheese pancakes


I used this recipe, but skipped the sugar, used half the salt, and went with whole wheat matzah meal instead of regular. They were such a hit that I made a second batch a few days later, that time with yogurt instead of cottage cheese. For whatever reason, the toddler liked the first batch better. I’m sure his tastes will be totally different in a year from now, but these are definitely going back on the menu for Pesach 2015.

Easiest dish: Grape granita


We had a gluten-free, sugar-free guest on Shabbat Chol Hamoed, and I was super proud of myself for coming up with a suitable dessert. Plus, I have a granita obsession — it gets hot and I make them like there’s no tomorrow — so I was really just getting a head start on the season. Watch for the recipe in my Binah column this summer!

Best purchase: Cloths for making cream cheese


Last year, I bought a container of cream cheese for Pesach, but it wasn’t too long afterward that I started making the stuff myself. I picked up a pack of chitulim (baby cloths) so that we could have homemade cream cheese this Pesach, and I’m so glad I did. We had it on matzah, of course, and here I’m slathering it on mini zucchini latkes … it’s good on anything, though. Oh, and I’ve discovered that 9% shamenet does the job just as well as the 15% one.

Best converted recipe: Matzah granola


Before I tried it, I’d have guessed that making Pesach granola would be like making Pesach rolls: they can be good, but they’re totally not the same. Ironically, though, this matzah granola was excellent and not at all a sorry substitution. You will definitely be seeing it next Nisan in a full blog post (with a better photo).

Great snack item: Chocolate chip muffins


I used this recipe that caught my eye when I wrote last year’s post-mortem, but since I wanted muffins to have around as breakfast/snacks and not dessert, I reduced the butter, sugar, and chocolate chips. We loved them, but I think I’ll play with the recipe some more next time anyway. Do I really need all those eggs? Can I use silan instead of sugar? Maybe I’ll add nuts.

Okay, I’m good now. Thanks for listening, all. Come back on Sunday for a back-to-chametz weekly menu and a peek at next week’s posts.


Yiska Ben Avraham on April 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm.

He’s so big!!! Yehi Ratzon that he always be happy and healthy and bring you much yiddishe nachas.

And Shkoiach on another Pesach well done! Your ratatouille came in *extremely* handy for last-minute-ish guests…during a couple hectic Erev Candlelightings I had MQP open on my husband’s big computer screen and kept running in to check things on the recipe before baby got too mad that I left the room. Thank you!!


Tali Simon on April 25, 2014 at 11:09 am.

I love that you can say that from an arms-only shot. :) Amen!


Sara on April 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm.

That granita looks amazing! I can’t wait to see it on the blog.


Rachel burstyn on April 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm.

We also love cottage cheese pancakes on pesach. I did cheese blintzes for the first time this year. Great!
I used my same baby diapers to make cream cheese. Do I need to buy special pesach ones?
I also really want to make matza granola. Didn’t get to it this year. Iyh next year.


Tali Simon on April 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm.

Fortunately, the cloths aren’t a big investment but always defer to your rav. That’s one hat I don’t wear. :)


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