|mimouna table in Israel|
What is a mimouna? Well, I'm not going to repeat the entire Wikepdia entry, which is linked above. In short, it is a Moroccan-Jewish gathering marking the end of pesach (passover) which features various food items, especially mufleta (recipe link), which is, more or less, a form of fried dough. I suppose it is like a beaver tail. It is traditionally eaten with some honey. The mimouna has become the quintessential celebration of Moroccan-Jewish culture in Israel (other than perhaps, the henna celebration before a wedding) and mufleta is seen as the represenative food. Many Moroccon families host a mimouna, which is considered an open-door event. People are not necessarily invited - they just show up at the house of their nearest Moroccan friend or cousin - and hope that they are hosting a mimouna this year....
|President Shimon Peres at Mimouna|
|Prime Minister Netanyahu - at mimouna 2014|
Most mimounas probably require the active participation of the women. I tend to doubt that my Moroccan cousin could prepare mufleta himself though I'm quite certain that there are at least some Moroccan Israeli men somewhere who could.
In any event, the hardest part of hosting or attending a mimouna to me seems to be the timing. When do you change back all of your dishes from Passover to regular dishes? If you are hosting a mimouna, how do you possibly do that quick enough to be ready for all of those guests to arrive? Finally, how do you eat all that fried dough after 7 days of eating ridiculous quantities of pesach food?
I don't have the answers to any of these questions - other than to say "Tradition, Tradition" - in this case, Moroccan tradition....
And after all, the mufleta is quite tasty.
I hope that those who celebrated enjoyed their Pesach holiday and that many managed to find their way to a mimouna. If you did not, you have about a year to figure out how to make mufleta quickly and properly.