Arabic for ‘God willing‘; popularly used to denote hopefulness
This Meatless Monday is breaking bread at an international table. With Lent well underway and Passover and Easter imminent, there can be peace when dining. In the spirit of making the world welcome at your table I bring to you the InChallah menu.
The ‘InChallah’ Menu
Hava Nagila (“let us rejoice“) and begin the feast by breaking (Challah) bread with your dining compatriots.
Challah is a golden-coloured sweet egg bread from Jewish tradition.
The African diaspora
As a starter, serve an African-inspired groundnut soup: a tomato based soup with sweet potato and peanuts. For a side, serve with Jamaican jerk tofu sticks and baked plantain chips.
Middle Eastern Meze
Pomegranate sorbet to cleanse the palate then straight into a tabbouleh salad and a mixed appetizer plate of meze˜ of dips (hummus and baba ghanouj, chickpea and eggplant purée respectively).
Be communal about it: Share the plate and share the food.
Miso soup and Indonesian gado gado (i.e. cooked vegetable salad with peanut sauce).
Use whatever vegetables you have.
It’s sap season in eastern Canada. Finish the evening with a Québécois tarte au sucre. This sugar pie is made with maple syrup.
Easy Miso Soup
*Use 1 Tablespoon of miso paste for every 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and let simmer 10 minutes.
*Extras to add in when the water starts to boil:
green onions, finely sliced; bok choy; finely chopped seaweed such as dulse