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    Passover is the Jewish holiday that celebrates freedom from slavery. We are commanded to retell the story so that we will never forget that we were once slaves in the land of Egypt.

    This year, our Passover seder will be one that celebrates freedom in more than one way. I am celebrating freedom from a lifelong habit of eating the flesh and secretions of animals. In no way do I want to force my beliefs on others (though in reality, since I’m cooking and the food is gluten-free and vegan, my guests will be trying it out). This is my path, my truth, my journey, a personal one that rings true for me.

    If you’ve read this far but aren’t really sure about this gluten-free and/or vegan thing, please believe me when I say that our Passover feast will be full of delicious AND healthful dishes. While I’ve been exploring and redirecting my values and beliefs around the food I eat, I’m still hugely interested and passionate about cooking really kick-ass tasting food!

    Without further ado:

    Matzah (see new adapted recipe below)
    Stuffed Mushrooms with Curried Eggless Tofu Salad
    Roasted Vegetable Soup & Matzoh Balls
    Chickpea-Tastes-Like-Tuna made into Faux Gefilte Fish Loaf
    Kickin’ Hot Horseradish (grated by you-know-who)
    Charoset (traditional Ashkenazic)
    Lentil, Mushroom, & Walnut Pate (see link for cookbook source)
    Cauliflower Leek Kugel (see link for cookbook source)
    Carrot Ring
    Potato Broccoli Knish
    Arugula Salad without the cheese
    Raw Chocolate Bliss (I made and froze this – it is fabulous!)

    I’m very pleased with the matzah. It is a variation on a variation on a variation. You see the theme, eh? Great pun, don’t you think?!

    The original recipe can be traced to here. I’ve made some adaptations to it.

    In order for matzah to be acceptable for a seder, it has to be made from at least one of five grains (among other rules). And since one of the grains can be oatmeal, I believe this matzah is perfectly suitable for a Passover seder.

    Gluten-Free and Vegan Matzah
    recipe adapted by Ellen Allard

    Makes two round matzah crackers about 6 inches in diameter

    1 tbsp flaxmeal + 3 tbsp water
    3 tbsp + 2 tsp potato starch (can be potato starch flour but NOT potato flour)
    3 tbsp + 2 tsp almond meal
    3 tbsp + 2 tsp ground oatmeal (rolled oats ground in food processor or blender)
    1/8 – 1/4 tsp salt (to taste)
    white rice flour for dusting hands and/or kneading surfaces

    Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. If using pizza stone to bake matzo, place in oven before preheating.

    Mix the flaxmeal and water in a blender until combined. Pour into small dish and let sit on counter for about 10 minutes. Alternatively you can mix the flaxmeal and water with a spoon and let rest in dish for 10 minutes.

    Meanwhile, combine remaining DRY ingredients. Use your fingers to blend them all together.

    Add flaxmeal/water mixture to dry ingredients and blend with fingers. It will appear weird and wrong and you will want to throw in the towel. Don’t! Stay the course. In about 30 seconds it will begin to feel like playdough. Keep kneading by hand until the dough comes together without falling apart. Though I didn’t find it necessary, if you find that the dough is too dry, add more water. If it’s too wet, add a little more potato starch or almond meal or oatmeal.

    Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Place one dough ball on a piece of parchment or waxed paper, silpat mat or directly on your counter. In all cases, keep the surface dusted with white rice flour to keep your dough from sticking.

    If using the parchment or waxed paper, place another piece of parchment or waxed paper on top of the dough ball. Press the dough down with your hand to flatten. I found it helpful to use a rolling pin at this point. DON’T PRESS TOO HARD WITH THE ROLLING PIN. Just press until the dough is about 6 – 8 inches in diameter or until it’s thin, but not too thin. If it’s too thin, you won’t be able to peel it from the waxed paper. If this happens, use your fingers to peel it off the paper and then start the rolling process again.

    Once the dough reaches your desired thinness, gently peel the top layer of parchment or waxed paper off the dough. Use a spatula (you might need to dip the end of it in white rice flour) to gently remove the dough from the bottom layer of parchment or waxed paper OR flip the dough over so that the parchment or waxed paper is on top and then gently peel it off the dough.

    Alternatively, if not using parchment or waxed paper, roll the dough out on a silpat mat or counter which you dust with white rice flour as needed to keep dough from sticking.

    Prick with fork. Then place dough on cookie sheet or pizza baking stone which has been preheating in oven. Bake for ten minutes OR until browned and crisp around the edges. Every oven is different, so please watch your matzot and make sure they don’t burn. When done, remove from oven, place on rack to cool.

    Click here for printable recipe


    My oven is large enough to allow me to bake nine matzot (plural for matzah) at a time. I’m making enough so that each person can have 2 matzot plus extra for the seder plate and extra for the afikomen (a traditional part of the seder where a piece of matzah is hidden and children are sent to find it – the child who finds it first wins a prize – needless to say, the most fun part of the seder for the kids, next to the listing of the Ten Plagues!).

    May you have a zissen Pesach! Next year in Jerusalem!

    ~Ellen
    • Meghan at Making Love In the Kitchen

      Tagging this post! These recipes are awesome. And with the flax on the ‘matzoh’ i’ll be a much happier… more comfortable than everyone else getting bunged up with the reg. matzoh. I am also for sure going to try the gefilte option. Great recipes!

    • Gone Pie Vegan Bakery

      May you have a zissen Pesach! Next year in Jerusalem!

      Excellent post. So many great recipes. Passover is a rough time to be vegan or gluten-free. This sure helps!

    • Vivacious Vegan

      I don’t usually enjoy the seder, but I’d love to be invited to yours!

    • Ricki

      What an inspiring menu! Happy Passover to you and yours (I’m sure it will be, with food that good!) :)

    • I Am Gluten Free

      Dear Vivacious Vegan – you’re invited!

      Ricki – Thanks for stopping by! I visited your blog today and as usual, over-the-top fantastic!

      Happy Holidays to all!

      ~Ellen

    • Endless Possibilities

      I am not vegan, but I am gluten free and I love your recipes! Happy Passover, I wish I would have had these recipes before tonight because I would have made them! Thanks for sharing! I will be trying them out for sure!!!

    • wingraclaire

      I just found your blog after an internet search…. luckily for me, our second Seder will be tomorrow so I’ll get a chance to try some of these recipes!!! Our traditional family Seders are always vegan, but as my son has decided he could come, and he is not gluten-free, I was feeling guilty. Not anymore! With any luck, he will have matzah tomorrow night with the rest of us. Thanks!!!

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    • I Am Gluten Free

      Dear Gone Pie,

      Thank you so much! You’re right about Passover (and Easter) being a rough time for being vegan or GF, but with great willpower and commitment, it is a reachable goal. I love coming up with interesting, creative, and delicious GF and vegan meals – our Passover seder was a great success (not that I’m bragging!) and I’m happy to share my success with others. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Ellen

    • LAchris

      Good stuff, it’s hard to find good articles on how to make stuff like that. You should try posting this on Wacanai.com(http://www.wacanai.com/intro). I find most of my stuff there. It’s nice because you can search by ingredients and by the name of the finished product. You can link your page to the website and it helps you keep track of who is using your articles. Great list of drink recipes for parties too!

    • Bonnee

      It's a bit past Passover, '09, but I just caught your blog. Mazel Tov on posting this! You did a mitzvah. I'll be using the menu & recipes in 2010! Keep it up!

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