Saturday, March 10, 2018

Purim Menu, Post-Purim Post

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place---but you and your father`s house will perish.  
Who knows whether you have attained royal status for such a time as this.
---Esther 4:14

I didn`t get to posting all the Purim posts I wanted to this Purim, there was so much to learn that I wanted to share, and I have drafted many,  but as its already coming to a new Shabbat and as the approach can be felt already to the coming of Passover,  it`s moving past-time for Purim posts!!

 But I wanted to just put this one in ..for the record!
This is our favorite Purim menu!
It is the second year I have made this menu.
I  posted about it in detail last year, so for this round-up I will link to the post about each item,  so you can have it handy for next Purim!   Please check the links at that time for more detail.
This will be like a Purim Feast Round Up!

Since Purim is a fun and crazy day, I will mix it up and start from dessert!

Here at Challah and Cherry blossoms our favorite is our original

Sprinkle the the cherry blossom flakes into the mix and behold, a heart!  

We also love prune, traditional filling in hamantashen, so there is a delectable balance of substance and ephemeral.

Two fillings ---prune and cherry blossoms paste
substance and ephemeral

A personal note, I see this combination of prune and cherry blossom for the filling as representing my Jewish heritage together with blossoming of new life in Yeshua.

 Making these two types of Hamantashen from now through the generations!

For the Meal:

Esther`s Bean Casserole
Recipe on `My Jewish Learning` site HERE
related post on this blog HERE 
To keep kosher in the Palace of King Ahasuerus without letting on her Jewish identity in the days of the exile, it is said that Esther kept a vegetarian diet
This recipe combines beans and cinnimon in a tomato-ey stew

For link, find it HERE,`hidden` in the post

One idea that is popular for a Purim Challah is to make it twisted in the shape of a rope to represent the noose by which Haman was hung

It can also be transformed into Esther`s crown!
That is what happened when I was making it this time!
I filled the rope with Cherry Blossom paste.
Because after all, this is a holiday of rejoicing and Salvation!

As in the story of Purim the scheme that Haman devised to wipe out the Jews fell back on his head.
He is hung by his own noose, on the gallows he made intending it for Mordecai. 

Mordecai and Esther bring the Jewish people together to unity and they are delivered from the wicked scheme.

Mordecai is crowned, there is a parade, and the challah crown goes to Esther!

I will end this post with words from today and a verse from a psalm:
Chazak, Chazak V`nitchazek!
Be strong, be strong, and be strengthened~ 
We say this after finishing reading each book of Torah, and as of today`s Shabbat we will have finished reading the book of Exodus for this cycle, I say those lines with you now!! And really finish the post with this verse,

Chazak! Let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for ADONAI.

---Psalm 31:25
Blessings and Shabbat Shalom!



  1. I enjoyed your Purim post and the presentation of all your foods. Shabbat Shalom dear Shayndel ♥

  2. "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place---"

    There is such hope and power in this, though it is a dire warning!

    1. Hi Sandi, yes, So much to learn from the Purim story.
      And by her bravery! Praise God for Esther and Mordecai!

  3. Every part of your blog is a blessing!! What a treat every time I visit!! Wish I had more time. Hugs sister on the other side of the world.

    1. Thank you Tammy! Hugs to you sister on the other side of the world:)!

  4. How colorful your Purim is!
    In Israel the most common fillings for hamentashen are: poppy seed, and fruit jam (prune, apricoat, strawberry).The cherry blossom paste sounds like a delicious addition.

    1. Thank you Duta, I imagine it must be very colorful in Israel at Purim! Glad to hear about the flavors, and to add an additional flavor of cherry blossoms!
      Hope you had a joyous holiday. Blessings!

  5. The verse by Esther is so special, and much needed in my life right now. Sometimes there are times when we have to be still. Your desserts look so Yummy. Love the picture with the pink sprinkles that made a heart in the mix.

    Wishing you beautiful March days, Shayndel. : )


    1. Thank you Sheri. I`m glad the scripture spoke to you.
      Beautiful March days to you too!!♡

  6. Beautiful! Next year I'm going to try your recipe.

    1. Thank you Mrs N!
      Happy days and blessings!