Mishloach Manot

Mishloach Manot?  Shalloch Manos?  No, I am not speaking in tongues.  I am just speaking in Hebrew.  And Yiddish.

Every year to celebrate Purim, we have a little party (with Hamantaschen of course) and give mishloach manot to our friends.  Here’s Wikipedia’s official description of this “festive gift basket:”

Mishloach manot (pronounced “mish-LOH-ach mah-NOTE,” literally, “sending of portions”; also spelled mishloach manos and sometimes shortened to shalach manos), and also called a Purim basket, are gifts of food or drink that are sent to friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, business associates, and any other acquaintances on Purim day. The mitzvah of giving mishloach manot derives from the Book of Esther. It is meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast.”

At this time of year (every year!) we also receive a beautiful gluten free gift basket from my husband’s parents with all sorts of yummy treats, which we greatly appreciate.

This year, we made gluten free shalloch manos and gave them to the families in our Chavurah.  I included all kinds of treats from my gluten free Purim recipe roundup as well as gluten free Chocolate Raspberry Hamantaschen, my latest healthy Purim dessert.

I hope you all have a lovely Purim, and make sure to check your gift baskets for gluten.  The ones my in-laws send are gluten free, the one in the photo above is not.  Chag Samaech!


25 responses to “Mishloach Manot”

  1. My favorite food processor pie crust:
    1 cup almonds
    1 cup walnuts or hazel nuts [all soaked and dehydrated]
    1/3 cup raisins
    1/4 cup apple juice concentrate
    Put all ingredients in the processor and blend to a crumble. Press in a pie plate and layer with fresh fruits in season , kiwi, strawberries, blueberries,bananas, peaches etc.

    I am fairly new to your sight so I hope this is not already one of your favorites, I am enjoying so many of your recipes, Thank You for all your great creations.

  2. just wanted to say that I made your scrumptious sandwich bread from your cookbook and it turned out even better than expected – and I am not a bread baker. Thank you for your recipes -now I can eat bread and enjoy it!

  3. Thank you, Elana, for sharing your heritage, traditions and customs. So many feel that they need to keep their faith and customs private, worrying about offending those not like themselves. I love to learn about traditions not of my own and sharing them with my family so that we can respect and rejoice in all the differences the world has to offer. How blessed we are!

  4. Dear elana thank you so much just for beeibg there. For us gluten intolerant people a God,s send.chagsameach

  5. We have very few Jewish people in NZ, so I am really enjoying learning a bit about the culture and traditions. The food looks good too. Happy Purim and thank you.

  6. Love your website and all the Jewish recipes. Its SO helpful when the holidays come around.

    Are you going to be scheduling any classes this year? I’d love to meet you and learn more about gf baking from you!

    Happy Purim!

  7. I LOVE reading about your family’s religious traditions which are so different from my own!! How families celebrates their own beliefs is fascinating to me and it’ a joy to read! Thank you for sharing this! It makes me feel like I can be a part of your traditions in a small way too!

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