Traditionally, Mishloachai Manot (the sending of food) are two food items (from different food groups) sent to at least two friends. Over the years, Mishochai Manot have developed into sometimes elaborate food packages to many friends and family in your community.
Way before the now famous Darth Vader superbowl commercial (which, if you somehow managed to miss it, is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0), I had two boys dressing up as Darth Vader this Purim. My sister-in-law kindly decked out my 7 year old and 4 year old in full Vader regalia and the boys have been running around the house for months in their costumes.
Why not start your festive Purim meal with a classic Martini?
Achashverosh was a notorious insomniac. When cuddling with his favorite teddy bear under his fluffy blanket failed, he was known to summon his diary and his favorite drink! Ok, maybe I embellished the story as told in the Megillah a bit, but this after dinner drink is certainly fit for a king!
Imagine Queen Esther holding court in her flowing royal purple robes, a golden crown sitting atop her head. Now you know the inspiration behind our own Queen Esther cocktail!
We are very lucky to have so many Persian friends. This dish is a staple in so many homes. With all the parties Achashverosh threw, I bet this rice was served to Queen Esther when she was queen of the Persian Empire!