Sephardic Food

Sephardic Food is a Tasty Tradition

When members of Seattle’s Sephardic community get together, plenty of good food is always on the table. The community’s cuisine is a delicious combination of dishes from Greece, Turkey, North Africa and Spain. Delicacies bearing an Iberian influence include: albóndigas, espinacas con garbanzos, calabasas, fideo, biscochos and arroz con leche.

Yesterday's Mavens

Quotes from Yesterday's Mavens, Today's Foodies:

“My older sister and I attempted our first Sephardic recipe of ‘pink rice’ for our father shortly after our mother’s death. The first attempt was mush and the second, burnt. No matter what, our father ate everything we made. He would say, ‘Es pecado,’ (a sin, a waste to throw away food). When my cousin tasted my food, she said I had ‘bendichas manos’ (blessed hands).”

– Rachel Ameleh

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“Marzipan (‘masapan’ in Ladino) is a sweet Sephardic confection traditionally served for important life cycle events like baby namings, bar mitzvahs and weddings. Marzipan represents good health and the celebration of life, as its key ingredient is almonds, which contain essential nutrients of life.”

– Sharon Cordova Lott

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