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Gluten-Free, Fat-Free, Dairy-Free Rosh Hashanah

gluten-freeThat would not be for me. That would be for our guests. Here I am, minding my own business, when it comes to my attention that our visitors have a number of food issues. Since our family table, holiday or not, is generally laden with a variety of offerings… not a problem.

As I hear the growing list of forbidden foods, I grow concerned.  Dietary restrictions galore.  This may become the fasting and prayer holiday.

No, wait— that’s Yom Kippor.

So, just to make sure, I look up gluten-free. I read on a health site:

“A gluten allergy is the body’s inability to digest or break down the gluten protein found in wheat and certain other 1940s-gluten-image1grains. Gluten intolerance (also known as a gluten sensitivity) can range from a mild sensitivity to gluten to full-blown celiac disease.”

Alright, so this is not just a preference, it might be more serious. I certainly don’t want to inquire into someone’s health issues. My goal is to make everyone comfortable and welcomed, come Sunday night. Generally, gluten is contained in pastas, breads, crackers and even seasonings and spice mixes. Oh boy.

Maybe rice? Couscous? Forget the braided challah bread. No matzoh ball soup, generally enjoyed at Passover, but now a staple at most Jewish holidays. There goes the apple cake. I read the expanded list: wheat starch, wheat bran, wheat germ, couscous, cracked wheat, durum, einkorn, emmer, farina, faro, fu (Asian), gliadin, graham flour, gamut, matzoh, semolina, spelt.

saladsHow about a boiled egg? With unseasoned couscous on the side?  No, I forgot:  no couscous.  Oh well, more for me.

We opt for a variety of salads, Israeli style. Maybe some chicken soup. Not sure if they eat chicken. Hmmm….

It’s also no dairy, except for goat cheese. And no fat.

Maybe some olives, felafel balls, salads, hummus, baba ghanouj, lots of veggies. Hopefully, apples dipped in honey for the opening prayer… pomegranates….

It’s going to be interesting. My plan involves lots of little bowls— around a dozen spread across the table with a rosh-hashanahyummy selection. Help yourself. It’s the thought that counts and it’s going to be a sweeeeeet year!

L’Shana Tova – Happy 5777 everyone— may the Lord grant us all health, peace and prosperity from above!

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