Since January, I’ve been steeped in the Jewish traditions of the Passover feast. My husband and I are the directors and authors of an original Easter drama depicting the Lord’s Last Passover Supper and some of the events surrounding the meal. Our church has presented the drama for the past three years. A condensed version of the Passover meal is the centerpiece of the drama, focused around the part of the celebration that Christians now celebrate as the Lord’s Supper.
While we don’t have the traditional Jewish Seder meal onstage, we do have Jesus and Judas dip the bitter herbs (Romaine lettuce) into the haroset, also spelled charoset, to portray the fulfillment of Jesus’ statement, “One who had just eaten with me is the betrayer.” For the play we use applesauce instead of real charoset. It is much easier to manage as a prop food.
One year, for the cast party, I decided to make some charoset. I thought the cast members would enjoy eating the real thing instead of the applesauce we used during the performance. The dish was so tasty I wanted to share it with you. Although charoset is an annual tradition in the Jewish faith, the recipe is so good we feel has a place on the table anytime of the year.
- 2 apples
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (If you don’t like walnuts you could use any chopped nut)
- ½ cup raisins-golden or dark raisins
- ½ cup sweet red wine (You can use pomegranate juice if you want a non-alcoholic version)
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
Peel and finely dice the apples. Mix in the chopped nuts, raisins, wine and spices. Refrigerate until serving. Add a little more wine immediately before serving.
The Nun and the Narc
By Catherine Castle
Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.
Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.
About the Author:
Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Follow her on Twitter @AuthorCCastle, FB or her blog.