Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays and Cheers to the New Year...

GMCH has had many families from different cultural and religious backgrounds, with many different kinds of family practices and routines...you name it, we have seen it. This is one posting out of a series that will educate us all on the various and amazing traditions of the cultures that make up our Bay Area and our country!

Here is one of just a few things that you can make/do this holiday season to find out what actually happens during the eight days of Hanukkah, surrounding the Jewish traditions (keep in mind that underlined words are key words that you might want to look up for more information):

LATKES!!

Latkes are traditionally eaten by Ashkenazi Jews during the Jewish Hanukkah festival. The oil for cooking the latkes is reminiscent of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle.
The word leviva, the Hebrew name for latke, has its origins in the
Book of Samuel's description of the story of Amnon and Tamar. Some interpreters have noted that the homonym levav means "heart," and the verbal form of l-v-v occurs in the Song of Songs as well.

One of the best parts of Hanukkah is having Latkes, the traditional potato pancake that is easier than you think to make!

3 large potatoes, grated, 1 small onion , grated 2 eggs well beaten 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon salt pinch of pepper vegetable oil for frying
To makes latkes, mix the grated potatoes and onions with eggs, flour and seasonings. Then heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the pancake batter to the oil in large spoonfuls and fry until golden brown. Turn the pancakes and fry the other side. Serve the pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream (or both...trust me on this one).


More to come on Kwanzaa and other religious commemorations around the world...

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