Finger Food Desserts

Earlier this month my husband and I hosted Friday night’s Jewish services. It is called an Oneg Shabbat [oh-neg shah-baht], which literally means “Sabbath Delight,” but more descriptively from, it is a noun phrase that means: a Jewish celebration in honor of the Sabbath that takes place on Friday evening or Saturday afternoon and usually includes a program of songs, a lecture, and refreshments.

We did the refreshments and since my husband lived in France while in the service, he always likes to serve wine & cheese with baguettes. At the cheese shop I found (vegan) mini fillo shells from a company called Athens. The tiny shells are pre-baked and can be filled with sweet or savory foods. I also made ginger snaps, a spice cake and a melon bowl. (The ginger snaps and spice cake were not my original recipe and I don’t have the necessary info to get permission to reprint.)

The “recipe” for the shells is actually not a recipe, but general directions. I used both plain yogurt sweetened with a little honey and Coco Whip! a coconut whipped topic that is also vegan.

Each mini-fillo shell held about one tablespoon of either yogurt or the CocoWhip, and about one or two berries. I used organic raspberries for the yogurt and organic blackberries for the CocoWhip. (Blueberries was also on my list since they are tiny, but no organic blueberries were available in the store I shopped.)

For the triple melon bowl, I purchased a small watermelon, a medium-sized honeydew, and a medium-sized melon from the cantaloupe family and cut them into small pieces or used a melon-baller. If you know about food-combining* from previous postings, you may remember that melons are recommended to be eaten alone, since their high water content may create digestive problems when eating them with other foods, so I focused on the melons for my dessert. I used decorative toothpicks so people could spear them and eat them one-at-a-time. This recipe idea is already listed under Just Melons.

*To read more about Food Combining in my  Nobody Eats Like Me category, you can click on these links:

Part I –
Part II –
Part III –
Part IV –
Food Combining Menu Ideas-

Remember: Just melons!!!

Every seemed to enjoy the foods, especially the wines and cheeses. My husband is a “maven” in these two departments. (Maven is a yiddish term meaning an expert or someone who “knows his stuff.”)  And he does know his wines and cheeses!

Melons and berries are still available, so eenjoy then while you can!

NOTE on cooking Mini-Fillo Shells: I filled the shells right before serving so they would stay crisp. The back of the box notes that you can bake the shell prior to filling (unless the recipe itself requires backing) by preheating your oven at 350 degrees F.,placing the shells on a baking sheet and bake 3-5 minutes. Allow top coolbefore serving.

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