“Once there was a tree…”
I love Tu B’Shvat. It’s a no pressure holiday. You don’t need to spend days in advance preparing, theres usually not a lot of company involved making it quality family time, and best of all, to me it means spring time is just around the corner!!!!!!!
Most years I take my kids to the local botanical gardens to plant some trees and then come home and we have a really fun Tu B’shvat seudah. We eat all the different simanim, make brachos and just have a really nice quality family dinner talking about the beautiful world Hashem gave us to live in.
This year, everything is different. Tu B’Shvat has graced us with its presence on shabbos. That means no planting on the actual day and any tradition “shiva minim” foods need to be incorporated into our shabbos meal. Luckily for me, most of these ingredients are pretty standard in Moroccan and middle eastern cooking (which is not surprising since they are the 7 species indigenous to this region).
Just for the record here is a list of the shiva minim (don’t feel bad if you don’t remember them. I had to ask my 9 year old son….)
So, I decided this year to incorporate our 7 delicious species of fruits and grains into one crazy delicious Friday night shabbos meal. I wrote up a menu with some of the usual shabbos staples, and included a bunch of new and some recycled but perfectly appropriate recipes. I broke the recipes for you so that you can pick and choose or mix and match the recipes that your family would love. Of course feel free to use my menu in it’s entirety and we can be twinning this shabbos!
Here it goes:
Chicken Soup with matzah balls
Sun- dried Tomato and Olive Ciabatta topped with Shredded Pomegranate Braised Brisket
Chicken with Olives
Barley Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Roasted Cauliflower with Moroccan Date and Fig Crunch Topping
Spiced Poached Pears
Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake
I figured you all have your own chicken soup and matzah balls recipe so I did not include those recipes. All the other recipes are listed below with clickable links to a printable version!
I want to wish everyone out there a spring and summer, inspired by the trees we plant, filled with growth, fruitfulness and beauty.
“And the tree was happy.” -Shel Silverstein