Tu B’Shevat (New Year For The Trees) Menu 2010

Chive Blossoms – our garden

Tonight marks the start of Tu B’Shevat, one of my favourite holidays on the Jewish calendar. There’s something whimsical and life-affirming about having a New Year’s celebration for the environment and the seder (religious) service which accompanies it has a focus on our role as stewards of the planet, as well stewards of our own ever-evolving personal natures that I find inspirational. Traditionally this holiday is celebrated with vegetarian fare, and my centerpiece for many years has been eggplant lasagna.

I think it’s time to shake things up!

This year I’ll be dishing out:

Coconut Bake
• Herb Butter (from Homemade: Delicious Foods to Make and Give)
Fresh Green Bean Salad
• Vegetarian Chili with Chipotle
• Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes (from Cooking with Three Ingredients: Flavorful Food, Easy as 1, 2, 3)