Persian Matzo Ball Soup, Holy Week, and an Earth Day Giveaway

by Louisa on April 21, 2014


Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine


It’s been quite a week, between Passover, Easter, Earth Day, 4/20 Day, and I’m going to throw in Norooz because it was just about ending when Holy Week was beginning. Between all of these holidays I’ve been doing a lot of cooking!

I got really fast at rolling gondi, the Persian “matzo balls” made from chickpea flour and ground chicken that are a distinctive part of Persian Jewish cooking, and a big part of the Passover holiday. New York Magazine ran a nice story about this dish, and I made hundreds of “balls” for various dinners over the past few weeks. If you want to try whipping up this turmeric and cardamom-scented concoction, here’s the recipe.

Speaking of whipping, here’s a video of the ritual scallion whipping that’s done during a Persian Passover seder. Yes, this is a real thing, and it’s really fun!


Kadir van Lohuizen for The New York Times


While Passover and Easter are winding down, we still have one biggie – Earth Day on April 22 – to celebrate. What with all the dire climate change stories in the news this week, we REALLY better pay attention to the environment now. It would have been better if we had done it earlier, oh maybe a half century ago, but it’s too late for that now.

eco diva

Here’s one thing you can do to help curb pollution – carry your own reusable shopping bag. To help you get motivated, the Atlanta-based Fashionable Notes design company has generously donated one super cute tote bag that’s perfect for food shopping. It’s designed by Aubrey Lenyard, the talented creator of Fashionable Notes. I’ve been carrying his awesome reusable shopping bags for years!

To win the bag, tell me in the comments section one thing you’re doing to help improve the environment. You have until midnight on Tuesday April 22 to post your comment.


Thanks for participating, everyone! And the winner is….Shaina Demaris! Happy holidays to you all.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz Arronson Rueven April 22, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Shopping local ingredients at my all organic farmers market in Westport, CT. How lucky can a girl get?


Gayle April 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Your Gondi look amazing! I try to keep a canvas bag in my purse at all times for impulse buys! Happy Earth Day.


scake April 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Growing my own vegetable in a small piece of land , it’s an allotment of the city and I’ m so proud of my bio vegs and flowers! Every year I keep seeds for the next season and so I don’t need to buy them, and food waste become mold for the garden.


Shaina Demaris April 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I am helping preserve the earth by purchasing bulk foods and items with minimal packaging. Thanks!! 🙂


Louisa April 23, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Congrats Shaina, you’re the winner! Sending you an email now.


Max Ashrafi April 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Eat less meat of any kind and be wise with water


Peter June 29, 2014 at 12:10 AM

This looks amazingly tasty. Will have to try it soon.


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