It’s Rosh Hashanah, the time in the Jewish calendar signifying the New Year, shofars will sound at synagogues across the country bellowing out as a trumpet signifying the time as another year yet begun.
Rosh Hashanah is a happy celebration with families gathering to enjoy a meal together and celebrate. Many families serve Beef Brisket at the Rosh Hashanah celebration and you can check out a very good recipe of Heather’s ‘Baubie’ that we shared last holiday season on Spiced Peach Blog.
Sweets of all varieties are popular to serve at Rosh Hashanah wishing a sweet year ahead, last year; my friend Pat Goodman shared a recipe called Grammy Rose’s Apple Cake at the Goodman’s annual Rosh Hashanah Theme celebration, the New South. This year’s theme over the upcoming weekend event at the Goodman’s, the Jersey Shore.
This year, Rosh Hashanah falls right in between the first week of school. Since we have only had two days at the bus stop before the holiday, there was little time for the sharing of Brisket recipes and other common conversation topics within the tradition.
Rosh Hashanah has grown to be special to me for it is a time I always hear from friends whether returning from vacation, or those who I may not have seen or heard from in a while, and today was no different. Beginning with the dipping and sharing of apples and honey, my friend Pat Goodman in from Florida for Jewish holidays and I had our own special little New Year’s acknowledgment over breakfast at my home this morning.
Over a simple breakfast and coffee, we were able to share some time catching up on things and enjoying each other’s company. Following the savor of apple slices dipped into honey, we then enjoyed assorted sliced bagels with smoked salmon, sliced red onion, and capers. I also served cream cheese vegetable dip used to spread the base of the bagel before topping with the other ingredients and some lemon wedges for squeezing onto the salmon if desired.
The simplicity of smoked salmon with bagels still provides a sort of elegance especially served on a variety of decorative dishes. I set the table with special luncheon dishes from Israel that I use on special occasions. Somehow, I inherited the plates years back once belonging to my Uncle Bill married to Aunt Debbie who was Jewish. They purchased these plates on a trip to Israel together one year and so they have always been among my most cherished dinnerware items. The serving platter, as part of the set hangs on my kitchen wall emblemed with some sort of a large fish as if it is swimming to the surface while a small fish beneath nibbles away at some green leaf seemingly blowing back and forth in the waters depth.
It was lovely morning and a wonderful way to acknowledge the celebration of the day. However, no matter the holiday or celebration this colorful dish is one you can serve to guests year round leaving plenty of time for catching up with dear friends and savoring the sweet pleasure of treasured moments, just as today. L’shanah tovah! Happy Rosh Hashanah!
- Bagels, 1 per person, sliced lengthwise in half, or a selection of different flavored bagels
- Smoked Salmon, 2 ounces per person
- 3 Tablespoons Capers in a small bowl
- 1 Red Onion, small, sliced very thin
- 1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
- Cream Cheese or Vegetable Dip
- A quick and lovely way to host a coffee breakfast with a friend is serving bagels with smoked salmon alongside accompanying ingredients. Use small bowls and decorative dishes to display ingredients and separate luncheon dishes for guests to help themselves. Since today is Rosh Hashanah, I used special luncheon plates from Israel. Providing cream cheese or vegetable dip as part of the table selection offers guests a base for spreading onto the bagel before adding on the salmon, capers and onions.