Wine for the holiday
The Jerusalem Wineries and their chief winemaker Sam Soroka present a new line of kosher for Passover wines. The line includes a fruity 2016 Emerald Riesling Colombard; a 2016 Chardonnay; a 2016 Shiraz-Carignan; and a 2014 Petit Syrah, as well as dessert wines such as La Puerta and a fortified 2012 Cabernet-Sauvignon.
Prices range from NIS 59 to NIS 65 for the whites; NIS 65 to NIS 80 for the reds. Available at most wine shops. For more details, go to http://jerusalemwineries.co.il.
This Passover plate will attract everyone’s attention around the Seder table. Made from colorful reinforced glass with embedded prints, the plate has a wheel underneath that allows it to rotate for the convenience of all the diners. A great gift that can become a family heirloom.
Plate: NIS 90.
Sweets for the sweet
My grandfather always brought chocolate for Passover. Back then, it was a very special gift that we awaited weeks before the holiday. Although things are different now, kosher-for-Passover chocolates are still a much-appreciated gift to bring family and friends. And who does it better in Israel than Max Brenner? The 2017 Passover selection is rich and diverse. And best of all, the chocolates are packed in beautiful gift boxes.
Prices range from NIS 89 to NIS 379 and more.
An array of spring flowers
Flowers always add a festive touch. The online flower shop Zer4u has a few new designs for the holiday. They suggest an all-white arrangement or a bouquet. They are offering a special holiday deal: Buy flowers for NIS 159 or more and get a bottle of Jerusalem Wines Vintage red for only NIS 10.
Prices range from NIS 159 to NIS 199, depending on the size of the floral arrangement.
Some are sold with a vase. For orders and more details, go to www.zer4u.co.il.
Popcorn for Passover
Can’t survive Passover without your popcorn? Don’t despair. Hot Pop microwave popcorn is now available in a kosher-for- Passover version. They come in packages of five bags, in natural flavor with salt and reduced fat.
NIS 10 for a package of five bags
Pizza for Pessah
Pizza Hut is offering kosher-for-Passover gluten-free pizza made from corn flour.
The pizza is offered with a variety of topping options.
NIS 69.90 for a family-size pizza
A dash of oil
Eating is definitely one of the holiday’s musts, but if you’re trying to cut calories, try the new non-aerosol oil sprays by Shufersal. The line of 100% oil sprays includes olive oil, canola oil and butter-flavored canola oil.
NIS 10 during the holiday.
What a Mechaye!
A new alcoholic beverage that is perfectly suited for the Israeli spring and summer is being launched for Passover. Mechaye 13 is a pre-mixed anise-based cocktail with freshly squeezed citrus juice.
Made in Spain, the beverage has a kosher for Passover Badatz certificate.
The holiday package contains one bottle of a lemon-flavored drink, one bottle of a grapefruit flavored drink, a small 200-litre lemon drink and a glass. NIS 150.
Worried you’ll have to miss your favorite snacks? Don’t be. Strauss has launched kosher for Passover versions of two of their most popular snacks – Ta’ami Choco and Egozi Café. The limited editions will be sold only during the holiday.
And for dessert…
If you’ve been asked to bring a dessert this Passover and find it difficult to make a fancy kosher-for-Passover cake yourself, try my aunt’s surefire recipe – buy one! Roladin has a beautiful selection of kosher-for-Passover cakes and desserts, both parve and dairy. For example, the elegant espresso cake developed with French chef Cedric Grolet, made of meringue layers with hazelnuts, espresso and layers of light praline mousse, covered with dark chocolate. There are also cookies, pound cakes, savory pies and buns. Delicious.
…with a cup of coffee
Coffee has to be kosher-for-Passover as well, and cleaning that old coffeemaker may prove to be a hassle. So if you enjoy filter coffee, serve your guests rich Rombouts coffee in classic or Italian flavor.
NIS 17 for a package of 10 servings of filter coffee
If cakes and rolls are something you really miss during the holiday, try the new Master Chef self-rising kosher-for-Passover flour mixes, based on tapioca and matza meal. They’re very easy to work with. There is also a kosher for Passover chocolate cake mix and more.
NIS 6.90 for a package (200 grams) of flour Here is a recipe for savory rolls, courtesy of chef Ina Krabetzky for Master Chef.
Makes 15 rolls
• 2 packages (400 gr.) Master Chef self-rising kosher for Passover flour
• 1 container sour cream
• 1 egg
• ½ cup water
• ¼ cup oil
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• 1 egg, whisked For garnish
• Salt, oregano, rosemary, thyme or any favorite topping
Preheat oven to 180º. Mix ingredients in a bowl. Divide into 15 balls (about the size of a ping-pong ball) and place on a lined baking sheet. Brush with whisked egg. Garnish with one of the following; salt, oregano, rosemary, thyme or your favorite topping. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.
Option: Add chopped rosemary or dried cranberries to the dough.
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