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Reuters — Every year, for the first few days of Passover, matzo seems somehow so new. A fat shmear of Temp-Tee ultra-whipped cream cheese and a tart and fruity jelly on top. Or soaked and fried into a matzo brei, crunchy with sugar and cinnamon. These are the foods of memory to me.
Matzo Brei (rhymes with “fry”), literally fried matzo, is the most beloved of Passover week traditions, the centerpiece of a simple brunch or breakfast: softened matzo, usually with egg beaten into it, fried in hot fat.
If you’re like me, you have so much matzo in the house that you’ll be snacking on the stuff for at least two weeks after Passover has ended. This year, I wanted to experiment a little bit and find a different way to enjoy the abundance of leftover unleavened bread. These fried balls of matzo are a take on Indian chickpea fritters and make a delicious snack or appetizer.
I owe my family a batch of macaroons. My son Teddy and his friend Halle were hovering in the kitchen when I took these beauties out of the oven, scarfing the leftover chocolate chips and giggling conspiratorially, as they always do when they’re together.
In Barcelona with my family a few years ago at Passover, I was all set to make a version of Claudia Roden’s beef tagine with sweet potatoes in the tiny kitchen of our rental apartment. I’d found the recipe in her “Book of Jewish Food” before I left.