It may come as a surprise to some of you but Passover ended last night. No, not last week after the Seders but last night. After more than a week of matzas North African Jews have a cool way of reintroducing digestive normalcy into our daily lives – it’s called Mimouna. It’s celebrated in Israel and wherever North African Jews are to be found. Here in Montreal, Mimouna is the place to be after Passover and at Brakha’s house, the ashkenazim, who know a good fressing opportunity when they see it, outnumber the sephardim.
Here we see sisters Dina (left) and Brakha (right) preparing moffletta for the hungry hordes. Moffletta is a type of chewy crepe-like pancake garnished with butter and honey. I’d get y’all the recipe (it’s really good) but everytime I got near my Mom and my aunt they’d yell at me and make me cry. I’ll try some other time when Brakha is in a better mood. Don’t wait up kids …
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This is my cousin Daniel and his lady friend Wendy. Daniel used to play in a Jewish hardcore band called My Cousin Dave back when he was my fave cousin. Now he’s just a weenie who plays for a band they renamed Fallout Theory. Why Fallout Theory? Cuz someone else came up with Smartly Pretty. So we all had about 8 shots of Arak while yelling the traditional Moroccan Jewish greeting of Tirbach! which means “you should win!” Win what? I dunno. More seats in the Knesset maybe? Wendy was like… so confused.
Elliot came all the way from New York and waited on us hand and foot and even baked us some vegetarian yumminess all so that he could sit here and have loads and loads of Brakha’s moffletta.
Israel, founder of JMatch.com and his lovely wife Sharon also joined us. They enjoyed such delicacies as Almond paste stuffed cigars and the Prince’s Ears as well as copious quantities of Arak. That Sharon can REALLY pack it away. Man, she scared me!
So at this point Brakha takes a break from making mofflettas. Mike is seen here enjoying the fruits of Mom’s labor while Mom reaches for a bottle of Arak shipped directly from Israel thanks to Laya …
Finally, Brakha has some time to enjoy
Laya’s Arak some moffletta in peace. If enough of you request it I will attempt to extract a recipe from her, otherwise, next year in Jerusalem!