Today’s creative mishloach manot idea comes from Rochel Robbins, whose beautiful garden theme is sure to get all of us in the mood for spring!
I guess by the time Purim comes around, I am ready for spring. I have used this gardening themes many times, adapting it from a basic idea I read in a Martha Stewart article many years ago.
What I love about this idea is that you can bake right in the unglazed flower pot, which I buy at the garden store or larger home goods store with a garden center for relatively inexpensive – and it’s the only container needed. Just give it a good washing first.
I usually put a piece of parchment paper on the bottom to cover the drain hole but I would think a mini-marshmallow would work great also. (My hubby is allergic to fish and kosher marshmallows are made with fish gelatin so I haven’t tried that trick).
For my “plants,” I bake a chocolate cake directly in the pot. Then I layer on chocolate frosting with some cake crumbs to give it a “dirt” effect. Then I “plant” a bit of mint garnish for the seedling. In order to have a second food, I use a gummy worm on top. In the past, I have also given a small package of sunflower seeds with the plant.
I do recognize that some people hate baking but I love to so I really enjoy making Mishloach Manos. I also keep it in line by setting a number limited based on what I know I can make in a reasonable time and, as the contributor of the Under the Sea mishloach manot idea said, I don’t keep score on who gives and who receives.
Rochel Robbins lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and their four and six-year old daughters. In her free time, she enjoys playing her oboe, canning and baking. Her current project is to figure out how to create Purim Kallah costumes to the liking of her little girls – on a budget.