The Chocolate Lady’s Shabes Mates (abundant zucchini) Survival Guide 2005 In Memory of Rae Dalven z”l
My friend Rae Dalven of blessed memory has been much on my mind of late. Rae Dalven was a professor of English at
Rae Dalven was born in
Rae has been much in my mind of late because I suddenly remember the zucchini dish she used to prepare. It was made with lots of zucchini, and just a few eggs, a bunch of dill, salt to taste and I think that’s all. Oh, and cheese, but you may leave that out. It was very fresh and cooling and summery. It is perfect for this time of year. I don't have her original recipe on hand, but there is a very similar recipe in the Cookbook of the Jews of Greece by Nicholas Stavrolakis that helped to jog my memory.
2 pounds zucchini (grated)
1 pound ricotta
1 small bunch of dill, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
place the grated zucchini in a collander and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Line a strainer with a paper towel or cheesecloth and drain the ricotta. Allow the zucchini and ricotta a little time to exude their excess moisture while you prepare the pan, chop the dill, and heat the oven. Combine the ingredients, and pour into an oiled baking pan. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 to 45 minutes.
All the quantities are approximate; this is a very forgiving recipe. Stavrolakis uses a cup of parmesan and no ricotta. If you do this, do not add salt.
My Community Supported Agriculture collective has been uncommonly generous with fresh zucchini this year. Usually I just grill the slices, and let them marinate with a little balsamic vinegar.
My cherished Clotilde has recipes for zucchini stuffed with quinoa, and the polenta zucchini tart. Click on “veggies glorious veggies”
I've never made zucchini bread. It seems to me that would be admitting defeat.
Here is “
translated from modern Greek by Rae Dalven
When you start on your journey to
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Do not fear the Lestrygonians
and the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.
You will never meet such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your body and your spirit.
You will never meet the Lestrygonians,
the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not raise them up before you.
Then pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many,
that you will enter ports seen for the first time
with such pleasure, with such joy!
Stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and corals, amber and ebony,
and pleasurable perfumes of all kinds,
buy as many pleasurable perfumes as you can;
visit hosts of Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from those who have knowledge.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for long years;
and even to anchor at the isle when you are old,
rich with all that you have gained on the way,
not expecting that
Without her you would never have taken the road.
But she has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor,
With the great wisdom you have gained, with so much experience,
you must surely have understood by then what Ithacas mean.
Here is a partial bibliography of Dalvenalia:
American Society of Sephardic Studies., and
———. "The Sephardic Scholar : Journal of the American Society of Sephardic Studies." v.
Cavafy, Constantine, and Rae Dalven. The Complete Poems of C. P. Cavafy.
———. The Complete Poems of Cavafy. Expanded ed.
Dalven, Rae. Modern Greek Poetry.
———. Hercules : An Original Radio Script. [
———. "The Concepts of Greek Tragedy in the Major Plays of Eugene O'neill." microform /, New York University School of Education, 1961.
———. Modern Greek Poetry. 2d ed.
———. Anna Comnena.
Dalven, Rachel. "The Betrothal and Marriage Customs of the Ioannina Jews." Sephardic Scholar 3 (1973): 41-61.
Dalven, Rachel. "The Yearly Cycle of the Ioannina Jews." Conservative Judaism 28, no. 2 (1974): 47-53.
Dalven, Rae. "(Ten Poems)." Noiseless Spider Greek Issue (1974): 7-15.
———. "Mortal Victory." Hellenic Times,
Dalven, Rachel. "The Names of the Jannina Jews." Sephardic Scholar 3 (1977): 9-23.
———. "Some Modern Greek Proverbs - Judaic or Classic in Origin?" Sephardic Scholar 4 (1982): 65-83.
———. "Three Traditional Judeo-Greek Hymns and Their Tunes." Sephardic Scholar 4 (1982): 84-101.
———. "The Yearly Cycle of the Ioannina Jews." Journal of Modern Greek Studies 2 (1987): 87-103.
Dalven, Rae. The Jews of Ioannina.
———. "An Unsought for Calling: My Life as a Translator from the Modern Greek." Journal of Modern Greek Studies 8, no. 2 (1990): 307-15.
———. Daughters of Sappho : Contemporary Greek Women Poets.
Eliyia, Joseph, and Rae Dalven. Poems by Joseph Eliyia.
Humphreys, Henry Sigurd. The Ballad of Andrew; Op. 64. [n.p.,.
Laughlin, James. New Directions in Prose and Poetry. Vol. 23.
Papageots, George, and Rae Dalven. The Story of Modern Greek Literature.
Ritsos, Giannåes, and Rae Dalven. The Fourth Dimension : Selected Poems of Yannis Ritsos.
Schat, Peter, Leonard Bernstein, Constantine Cavafy, and Rae Dalven. For Lenny, at 70 : Opus 35, a Song for Tenor and Piano, 1988.
What is Romaniote?
The word Romaniote refers to the Yavanic, or Judeo-Greek-speaking Jews of Greece. The majority of the Jews from
What are Zucchini?
These are the vegetables called “courgettes” in the
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