Sunday, April 17, 2011

Erev Pesach Blogbits

Several items of [debatable] interest:

1) It’s an age-old question: What to serve for lunch on Erev Pesach?

After all, one can no longer eat chametz, but matzah isn’t yet an option either.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother a”h would always prepare boiled potatoes and gribbenes for lunch on Erev Pesach. (I ate the gribbenes. The boiled potatoes? Not so much…)

Was this the entire menu? I don’t remember, but perhaps some of our more veteran readers can chime in? (Hint, hint…)

In any event, here in TRLEOOB*, we generally partake of things like gefilte fish, tuna fish, or even yogurt – with, of course, that highly-traditional Erev Pesach delicacy: KashLa”P potato chips. (Yes, I am sure that “traditional” means what I think it means. Why do you ask? ;-))

What does your family eat for lunch on Erev Pesach?

2) Earlier today, we were discussing how if Mashiach comes – as we fervently hope and pray he will – in the next 24 hours, we’ll IY”H be privileged to enjoy the Korban Pesach and have our Seder in Yerushalayim.

This prompted one of the younger Shiputzim children to wonder, “Will we stay by strangers?

Without missing a beat, MAG responded, “They’re not STRANGERS. They’re, er, blogging friends


!חג כשר ושמח

The entire Our Shiputzim staff wishes all our readers a very happy and kosher Pesach.

May we all be privileged to eat in rebuilt Yerushalayim from the zevachim and from the pesachim, speedily and in our days. Amen.


*TRLEOOB=the real life equivalent of our blog


  1. We go for Hambergers (turkey begers actually), deli and some form of potatoes, vegis and of course potatoe chips. I make sure to have some shehakol nash as well.


  2. I have memories of boiled potatoes, broccoli and sour cream. And my mother paying little attention to me.

    I may make potato blintzes using potato starch and eggs yesterday - I just have to prepare side dishes for the seder, so I probably will have the energy to spoil my kids.

  3. A longstanding tradition in our house - which dates back to when I was little, is salami & eggs with potato salad.
    Very filling, which is important during the long stretch to Shulchan Aruch and the salami & eggs is a once yearly treat to boot!
    Chag Kasher V'Sameach :)

  4. potato latkes if the kids are lucky

  5. My mom used to boil potatoes and eggs together. Then we had egg salad and mashed potatoes.

    I usually just let the kids forage--whatevers around, usually junk food, yogurt. But this year I decided to whip up a big batch of turkey-meatballs yesterday for lasts nights dinner and today's lunch. I added some "pire" (boxed mashed potatoes--we never eat those!) The kids and husband were so thankful.

    And I'm hoping they'll be less cranky as we head into the seder stretch.

    Chag Kasher VeSameach to all!

  6. RCT - Gotta have those potato chips! :-) How do you make the burgers? In the broiler? Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday IY"H!

    Leora - Sounds delicious! Do you have a specific recipe?

    G6 - Yum! Everyone here in TRLEOOB (=the real life equivalent of our blog) agrees that you win the Best Erev Pesach Lunch Award - hands down! :-)

    Rachel - "if the kids are lucky"
    LOL! :-)

    Baila - Wow! I'm very impressed!
    "And I'm hoping they'll be less cranky as we head into the seder stretch."
    I thought that one isn't yotzai without the pre-Seder crankiness... ;-)

    חג כשר ושמח to everyone!

  7. lots of bananas, boiled potatoes, cottage cheese, salad etc and bananas and yogurt

  8. We noshed on the ubiquitous potato chips, some Osem potato flour cake, apples and bananas. I made baby pavlovas for dessert on Seder night so made a double batch and had the kids munch on the meringues.

    Blogging friends are not strangers! During our cleanup we found some old pictures of Ju-Boy and your mom hanging out in the office. How can we be strangers?

  9. To complete what went with the potatoes and gribbenes: Gefilte fish with salad. Dessert was from the special chocolates for pesach (like chocolate matzo) --but no coffee since that was considered kitniyot in our house. It was nice when I got married and could have coffee on pesach. See you ih tomorrow.

  10. Batya - Sounds like a good meal.

    Miriyummy - How can we be strangers?
    LOL! Very true! Not only do we have a connection that dates back about twenty years - and you have the photographic evidence to prove it! - but we both eat potato chips on Erev Pesach! :-)

    Imma - Thanks for filling in the details. [I assume we ate the gefilte fish BEFORE the potatoes & gribbenes? :-) ] Looking forward to tomorrow IY"H...

  11. We always have meat and potatoes in some form - this year we had meatballs in tomato sauce and mashed potato. Sometimes we have had meatloaf or goulash and one year we had one of those things where you make a potato kugel either on top or underneath a meatloaf, but it took ages to cook in my Pesach oven. Apart from filling people up, it virtually guarantees they will nap in the afternoon!

  12. Mrs Belogski - Apart from filling people up, it virtually guarantees they will nap in the afternoon!
    Very clever! :-)

  13. l like to heat up non gebrokts potato latkes and cheese blintzes in my dairy toaster oven, sometimes also non gebrokts fish sticks. This year my husband was able to get non gebroktz eggplant parm and cheese latkes from Pomegranate, and we had that, along with yogurt and fruit.
    When I was growing up, it was just a yogurt.
    I think my husband was given klp potato chips and salami.

  14. Laura - It's been so long since I was last in Brooklyn that if it wasn't for the Ya'alili video, I wouldn't have known what Pomegranate is... :-)
    Chag samei'ach!

  15. It was never a big debate when i was growing up we had chichen and potatoes, but this year we had my wife's family tradition of hot dogs and potatoes and some salad which i forgot the type.

  16. Y W - my wife's family tradition
    I suspect that most families follow the wife's family's minhag when it comes to lunch on Erev Pesach... :-)


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