If you had asked me 10 years ago whether there were any hotels or resorts in South Africa where families could go for Pesach, I would have laughed and answered, “other than going to family, a communal seder would have been the closest one would get to leaving home.” A holiday destination Kosher L’Pesach within the country wouldn’t have existed. A self catered stay at a game reserve during Chol Hamoed would have been the closest to a Pesach resort. However, I can now proudly say vacation destinations for Pesach are becoming more and more popular in South Africa each year. Who would have ever envisioned the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City being Kosher for Passover? Or a top class hotel in Cape Town being the place to go? I certainly could never have imagined this!
However, our leadership’s creative and energetic dedication to Yiddishkeit and Torah values, makes us one of the most vibrant communities around! I believe, in terms of energy created through unity and togetherness, we are unmatched anywhere in the world. After all, we created “The Shabbos Project”. For the first time last year, the community of South Africa kept one Shabbos in its entirety, together. It became such a worldwide phenomenon that this year the South African Shabbos Project is going international! The world will P”G unite to keep the Shabbos of 24-25 October from sunset to stars out.
One Shabbos for the entire Jewish world, now that’s what I call greatness!
How appropriate that through this article on Pesach in South Africa, the Festival of Freedom, I am able to invite every Jew to freely follow in our community’s Shabbos footsteps.
Here are some of my favorite Pesach recipes for you to enjoy!
My Cousin Jeff’s Kneidlach
Pesach Meat Blintzes
Nanna’s Pesachdike Pancakes
Scotch Fillet (Rib Eye) with Rosemary Potatoes and Horseradish Cream
“Some Like It Hot” Smoked Salmon Salad
-Sharon Lurie is an author, food consultant, radio personality and writer for many local and international Jewish publications and websites. She is married to the owner of the largest kosher butchery and cold cut factory in South Africa. As a qualified PR consultant, with training in Speech and Drama, she decided to put her money where her meat went and show the world that every kind of cuisine imaginable could be created using kosher meat. It wasn’t culinary skills that had to be shechted, just any previous misconceptions about kosher meat. Sharon is married to Ian, they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Her first book, ‘Cooking with the Kosher Butcher’s Wife is written in a humorous, fun style. After 25 years of experimenting, creating and improvising, Sharon finally dispels the old myth that kosher meat is tough, dry and boring! She proves kosher meat is of the highest grade and quality, and by means of notes, tips, tried and tested recipes, helps the reader prepare mouth-watering beef, lamb, veal and poultry dishes. All the recipes are suitable for people who are lactose intolerant together with many gluten free recipes. This award winning, best seller was recently endorced by the Kosher Deli group of butcheries in Europe who reprinted her book.
Her second best seller, ‘Celebrating with the Kosher Butcher’s Wife’ continued in the same light , and can be best described as ‘cooking with the KBW all year round’ with each chapter highlighting a different Jewish festival. Sharon gives a contemporary feel to traditional dishes with amusing anecdotes, delicious recipes and beautiful full-colour photographs where chapter openers present stunning and innovative ideas for decorating and laying your Shabbat and Yomtov table.