Your Questions Answered: Passover plans!
I was just wondering what you were planning for Passover this year. This is the first year that we will be hosting a Passover celebration at our home, and I'm really excited about it! Do you have any suggestions?
Yes! My Passover menu is similar to other years (see a past Passover menu and menu for the week of unleavened bread here).
Since Passover is the only time of year I make Matza Ball Soup, that is a delicious treat! I make homemade unleavened bread, which we actually really enjoy during Passover and Unleavened Bread. I also usually try to make a special dessert of some sort. This year, we're planning to experiment with cheesecake using a nut crust. I'll be sure to share what we create if it ends up being as delicious as we hope! ;)
We are Christians, who are starting to celebrate the Biblical Feasts. The more I read about Passover, the more variations I find.
We have looked locally to buy Matza bread, but can not find any. I would like to make my own, using regular flour. Is using regular flour acceptable? Can I make my own tortillas, using no baking powder, and use these during Passover? Or is Matza the ONLY choice for eating during Passover?
Since we are not Jewish, how much of the cleaning do we have to do? For example, we don't have separate Passover dishes. Do we have to follow Jewish regulations for scalding and scrubbing to purify our dishes and pans, or is a normal washing and scrubbing acceptable?
I am happy to share about what we personally do, based on our understanding of Scripture! While we respect the Jewish traditions surrounding the observance of Passover, we base our observance primarily on Scripture.
For example, in Exodus 12 we read that the Israelites carried their dough with them as they left Egypt. In our minds, this doesn't really line up with the "18-minute rule" -- that when the water and flour is mixed for unleavened bread, the bread must be made and baked within 18 minutes, after which time it is considered leavened.
It's certainly not wrong to make and bake unleavened bread within 18 minutes! But we also don't believe that mandate to be scripturally binding. For that reason, I make my own unleavened bread, using regular flour.
We have only one set of dishes, and I don't give them any special scrubbing or sterilizing before Passover. We aren't Jewish and aren't trying to be Jewish, only obedient to the Scriptures. :)
My Passover preparation is fairly basic. Aside from regular, normal housecleaning, I go through the cupboards and pantry and remove all leaven. We do a simple seder, eating unleavened bread, bitter herbs, and drinking grape juice or wine. We read Scripture and pray. We observe the appointed Sabbaths. Some years we have included footwashing as well, following Yeshua's example.
I hope this helps! For those of you who observe Passover and the feast of unleavened bread, I'd love to hear about what you do and why! :)