Four New Ways to Enjoy Apples and Honey for a Sweet New Year
Here at Short Order, we like to avoid topics related to religion, for no other reason than that this is a blog about food. But the Jewish New Year -- that's Rosh Hashanah, to all the gentiles out there -- is this week, and it's one that merits some discussion.
Scott Bauer / USDA Apples and honey are the Sweet New Year essentials.
If the Jewish people are good at one thing, it's turning their religion into an entire feast-centric culture. In fact, the Talmud (a central text of Rabbinic Judaism) says, "There can be no joy without food or drink." Well, true that.
See also: How to Buy Local Honey for Rosh Hashanah
During Rosh Hashanah, especially, the celebration is all about culinary symbolism, starting with the cornerstone of the two-day holiday: apples and honey. Strange foodie metaphors abound during the traditional dinner -- from the head of a fish, which represents coming out on top this year, to the pomegranates, whose seeds are as plentiful as the good deeds we're supposed to fulfill -- but the idea of apples with honey is straightforward: a sweet combo for a sweet new year.
While apples dipped in honey are as simple and sweet as it gets, there's no denying that it can get you into sticky situations. Here are four new ways to eat apples and honey, as provided by Rabbi Marc Philippe at Temple Emanu-El in South Beach.
4. Tomato Apple Juice with Honey
Davide Restivo via Flickr Creative Commons Drink up.
Recipe courtesy of TarlaDalal.com
1/2 cup chopped apples
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 tsp honey
4 to 6 ice cubes
1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of water and blend until it is smooth.
2. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.