Entries from February 2007 ↓

Indecision

Article Title: Feed Me Bubbe
By acerve

“Take a moment with me now. Deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine you are in a small kitchen with your neighbour’s son, and he wants to show you something. Eyeing him suspiciously you think, heh, why not, it’s not like you can go anywhere. (Maybe you were locked out – I don’t know, just work with me.)

His smile gives a little shine to his otherwise pallor visage. Imagine now that he says… “Bubbe will be so pleased.” Yep – this is where you wonder if he just referred to himself in the third person in Yiddish as a grandmother. Oh. Nope, in comes Bubbe.

Because when you want great kosher food, there are only 3 words you need to know. (Click to the link below, and open your eyes. I promise, the experience will seem overly real.)

Clearly I am using my time effectively and honing my research skills. Why else would I have such a hiatus from this blog? I was sleuthing for the good stuff. Enjoy the luchen”

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Itunes

Article Title: Front Page of Podcast Menu In Itunes Store

Got a tip from Josh from Democracast that Feed Me Bubbe was listed on the front page of the podcast section of the Itunes Store.

After checking it out, here is a screenshot from 2/19/07

Feed Me Bubbe ITunes

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Aidan Brooks: Trainee

Article Title: Latkes Through The Generations

“As a modern young man brought up in non-religious family, I don’t often think about religious symbolism and food rites. With parents from Anglican and Jewish backgrounds and with friends of many other faiths, as well as none, I’ve been exposed to a wide range of culinary practices and observances reflecting different belief systems. But there is one branch of my family tree that holds a very special importance for me, because the ethnicity of those ancestors so nearly resulted in their extermination. Had it not been for an accident of luck involving the mis-routing of a train, my great grandmother would almost certainly not have survived transportation to Auschwitz and neither my father nor I would be here today. I don’t know what meals great grandma cooked back in those days in Warsaw, but I’m pretty sure that when the ingredients were available, latkes would have been an important part of her diet.

When I was young, my parents used take me to a great restaurant in Haverstock Hill called “The Falafel House”. Sadly no longer around these days, my parents’ favourite location for dining out was run by a pair of Jewish sisters, one of whom my father took quite a fancy to. Chef at The Falafel House made the most fantastic latkes and mum and dad would always enjoy a plate or two of them.

In recent years I’ve thought about those delicious potato pancakes from time to time and imagined cooking them myself. Back in December, when I read food blogs about Hanukkah, the memory of those latkes came flooding back. I saw several latke recipes, but they were more what I would describe as hash browns, rather than the pancakes I used to enjoy so much. After much searching I found this reference on Silverbrow on Food to Feed Me Bubbe in which they had posted a recipe and video for Chanukah latkes. Although the recipe used grated potato, the video showed potato and onion blended together with flour in a food processor and I knew immediately that this was the method I’d been looking for.

And this morning, off college for half-term, I found the time at last to make my very first latkes. I used gluten-free flour, so dad could share lunch with me. I served my latkes with home-made apple sauce (cooked with cinnamon and cloves) and a sour cream topping with a dash of vanilla, and freshly ground black pepper to add a bitter note to the sweet and sour flavours.

They were delicious, but more importantly they were very much like the ones I used to eat all those years ago. I felt very good for having eaten them, but I felt even better for having made them. There is something very special about the passing on of your cultural heritage through the generations.

As you can see from this photo, we had our final serving of latkes with some scrambled egg yolks. Not something I’d normally do, but I wanted to use up some leftovers from something else I cooked today. It’s another dish I’ve wanted to make properly for quite a while now, and I’m very proud of the results at what was only my second ever attempt.

See if you can guess what it was. All will be revealed later in the week

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Article Title: Heritage 2.0
By: Dozo

“Why doesn’t everyone do this with their grandmother? Avrom and his bubbe in a charming series about her great looking food. Learn a little yiddish while you’re at it. O, yeah, there’s videos here people…”

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