One Year of Firsts: A Week of Matzoh

Day 91

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    LONDON - JANUARY 04: A man walks to work in freezing conditions on January 4, 2010 in London, England. Much of the UK is in the grip of freezing weather with snow and ice disrupting transport across the country as people return to work after the Christmas break. The MET office confirmed that the Christmas period has been the coldest for 25 years with temperatures as low as -17C being recorded in Scotland. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    I eat merely to put food out of my mind. ~N.F. Simpson

    It's Passover this week. If you're a Jew (that would be me) that means you are supposed to eat unleavened bread, aka Matzoh, all week.

    I love Matzoh. It's a symbolic reminder of the Jews escaping slavery, grabbing everything to follow Moses out of the land of Egypt and not having time to let the bread rise. So, the bible story goes.

    Still, Matzoh is a thin cracker that is so delicate it will crumble all over you as you try to spread butter on it.   As a child, I would bring these weird matzoh sandwiches to school during Passover that always fell apart, (matzoh and liverwurst, matzoh and peanut butter, matzoh and chopped liver, matzoh and tuna fish etc...)

    The thing is, as an adult, I stopped eating Matzoh all week for Passover. This year: a first of sorts. I will eat no bread until Passover is over. 

    Bring on the fried matzoh. This used to be one of my grandmother's specialties.

    Yummy. Got any great matzoh recipes?  I still have four days to go. Bring 'em on.

    Lu Ann Cahn is an Emmy award-winning journalist who's been in the biz for more than 30 years. She's survived motherhood, breast cancer and chasing down bad guys. Now, Lu Ann's trying to complete a year of "firsts." Can she do it? She'll be posting daily here on NBCPhiladelphia.com.