The very first blog post I made was back on March 20, 2015. It was the first real blog post. I had 2 posts before it that were just pictures of food practically. It was the first Eid since my grandmother had passed. If you scroll down you can read it. It’s called SOFREH – HOW TO DO YOUR FIRST (LAST MINUTE) SOFREH- EID NOROOZ MOBARAK. In that article I outline the details of what Norooz is (also spelled Nowruz, Noruz?) and what each item means. I’ll copy and paste some of that here. Last year I grew sprouts but didn’t set up the table. This year my egg is fake because I don’t need fertility lol. My Uncle in Iran sent me a Norooz set after my first attempt at Norooz. I’ve waited almost 2 years to use it. The progression of my Norooz from first to “2nd” is a huge difference and next year I’ll incorporate fire jumping (usually done on the last Wednesday before the new year). Norooz parties are some the biggest and best memories of my child hood (aside from Disney).
Tonight I’ll make a Salmon (or change my mind to kabob), Maybe another persian dish, Jasmine Rice with Tadeek, maybe mast-o-khiar. Considering making a kookoo — also spelled kookoo-ye, kuku, or kou-kou — is a Persian-style egg dish that is similar to an Italian frittata or an open-faced omelet. Iranians make many, many different types with a variety of flavorings. The kookoo sabzi, flavored with a variety of herbs and tinted a deep green.
This Norooz has hit me a little differently. It was important for me to find all of the ingredients and to get traditional Persian sweets. Since I had gotten Sohan asali (honey almonds), cooked with honey and saffron and garnished with pistachios, while mom was here I skipped it this time. I got Baklava, raisin cookies, and most importantly for me the zoolbia Bamieh. Zoolbia Bamieh similar to funnel cake except deep fried dough soaked in a Rose water Saffron sugar syrup. My grandma use to make it for me. When I saw it at Yekta the persian Market, I was sold. Actually, my grandma made me everything I named above. There was nothing that she didn’t make. I wish I had taken more time to learn how to cook instead of just learn how to eat. As I learn the recipes and run them by my mom to tweek to the way Mamajoon made them, I realize that it is important for me to teach all 3 kids. It’s a little late on the language for James (hello Rosetta) but Laila and Archer will start Persian school as soon as they are old enough. My grandmother tried very hard to instill our culture in me and my brother. I just wasn’t ready when she was showing me. My mom doesn’t celebrate, it was my grandma’s thing and now it’ll me my thing and maybe your thing too? I share it with all of you as my journey to learn and grow continues. At 06:28:40 AM on March 20, 2017 it will officially be Norooz.
Explanation from previous post with a few additions:
A Sofreh Eid is a table that is set up in celebration of Norooz (Noruz, Nowruz, Nurooz, etc- however you want to spell it). Norooz is the Persian New Year. It literally means New Day. It coincides with the Spring Equinox and is typically done with families around this beautiful set up at the exact moment of the Spring Equinox to celebrate the transition from winter into spring and the creation of new life that moment represents. There are also big parties, lots of food, and jumping over fire as part of this amazing celebration. It also means the Elders (that would mean older than me people) give family members presents Eidee, which is small monetary gifts (that means money).
Haft Seen (7 S’s) This means the sofreh must contain at least 7 items that begin with the letter S in Farsi.
1. Sabzeh (sprouts): symbolizes rebirth
2. Somagh (sumac): symbolizes the color of the sunrise
3. Sib (apple): symbolizes health and beauty
4. Serkeh (vinegar): symbolizes age and patients [and of course I use balsamic vinegar]
5. Sir (garlic): symbolizes medicine
6. Senjed (dried fruit from the lotus tree): symbolizes love
7. Samanoo (sweet pudding): symbolizes affluence [This is incredibly hard to make]
Other S’s & typical items
Sekkeh (coins): Symbolizes wealth and prosperity
Sham (candle): symbolizes enlightenment
Shirini (sweets): Symbolizes spreading sweetness
Sonbol (hyacinth flower) a spring flower
Mahi (fish- specifically gold fish): symbolizes life [I have 2 giant tanks… I wasn’t moving them to the little table]
Tokhmeh Morgh (egg): symbolizes fertility
Ayenen (mirror): symbolizes the images and reflections of creation as we celebrate the new [Persian tradition believes that creation took place on the first day of spring]
Rose water: symbolizes cleansing
A bowl of water: symbolizes purity & freshness
Bread: symbolizes the traditional life sustainer
Orange floating in water: symbolizes the earth floating in space
Meeveh: fruit (totally forgot why but there is fruit at everything sooo)
A Holy Book or Poetry: (This can be for whatever religion you celebrate)
At the exact moment of Norooz the egg on the mirror is suppose to move.