On Sunday, my mother and I were talking about something, and she told me that she bought some frozen vegetable mix to eat during Passover. It included corn.
She was not happy when I told her that, as a grain, corn is not Pesach-friendly. Of course, that was the same thing that happened many years ago, when I told her that peanut butter was not kosher for Passover either.
This year, though, instead of my traditional confusion as to what I can and cannot eat during the holiday, I just decided to give up processed carbs altogether. Tonight I'm eating chicken on a salad with olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Admittedly, my decision is mostly because matzo is gross, and because a strict interpretation of the rules has led me to conclude that everything good is prohibited anyway. But in addition, it's a giant experiment in the Atkins diet. Maybe it'll work and I'll lose 10 pounds, maybe it won't. But at least I won't inadvertently eat something leavened. (Like that time, in law school, when I went to a baseball game with some buddies and had a beer, forgetting that beer is made from grain. Or that not all vodka is made from potatoes -- even though it should be.)
And no matter what, it's better (read: more Jewish) than my brother -- who told me Sunday that he has given up cheese for Lent -- and my sister -- who didn't even remember that it was Passover until we spoke on the phone.
Plus, there was an extra added bonus: Yesterday, I packed up all of the cereal and pasta and cookies, etc., that I had in my kitchen and donated them to Bread in the City.