By Ben Adler
Although I’m not a vegetarian, I’m not the world’s biggest carnivore either. Gefilte fish, for example, which is basically fish loaf the way my mom makes it, strikes me as totally nasty just to smell, never mind taste. My cousin, who is a vegetarian and is usually not around for Passover came to town this time, so I learned a couple things about vegetarian Passover. First of all, artichokes are the perfect vegetarian substitute for gefilte fish. They are slimy, just like fish. And they fill that appetizer portion of the meal. But unlike gefilte fish they taste good.
Secondly, haroseth is great with hummus on matzoh. Thirdly, matzoh ball soup can be made vegetarian if you just put it in vegetable broth. My mom’s matzoh balls are perfectly round and light and fluffy, not like these mishapen, heavy playdoh things they have at Loeb’s, the fake Jewish deli in D.C. Finally, brisket is awesome and if you’re a vegetarian on Passover it sucks to be you because you’re missing out on that.