So last week flew by without a blog post, let’s try to not make that habit, right? As many of you may know last night was the first night of Hannukah (my preferred spelling of the word). I am not Jewish, but I have considered myself an honorary jew for the past four years of my life, and came to realize that I have really also been destined to be Jewish.
My first best friend was jewish, all of my closest family friends growing up were Jewish. I have been dating a Jewish boy for about 7 years now, and all 3 years of college (except freshman year) I lived with Jewish girls. Starting Freshman year of college my twin sister and I would go to Hillel, the Jewish center at Berkeley, and eat both the Freshman meal, as well as Shabbat dinner on Friday’s. We would celebrate some Jewish holiday’s with the Frats, as this was common practice. And whether it was before, during or after going out the holiday candles for Hannukah were always lit.
Now, I have never cooked typical Jewish food, meaning latkes and matzo ball soup. But last night was my first time! I decided since I was no longer in college, surrounded by many Jewish friends, I would continue the celebration of lights with my new Jewish roommates, who happen to be all boys. Hence why I was cooking.
So we shredded 10 potatoes and two onions … an amount i found to be way too large. I mean we had half the pot left of raw potatoes and onions which once aerated turned the most disgusting purple color (and when checked upon this morning a deathly black color). Then, I wanted to make matzo balls from scratch. Good thing I didn’t as I did not read the recipe fully and did not know that they would have to sit for a good amount of time in the fridge. The reason I did not make them from scratch is because we couldn’t find matzo meal, instead we found matzo ball mix.
Now when reading the instructions to this matzo ball mix we did not fully realize how small we were supposed to make the matzo balls and so instead of having 18 small matzo balls we had 9 large, dense, heavy matzo balls. I rather liked them because I am a huge fan of bread, the others didn’t love them as much.
I made a chicken broth for our matzo balls, a salad, and some chicken because we only decided at amount 1pm that this festive meal would be taking place… brisket was going to take too long.
The meal turned out fantastic and rather fun! My boyfriend sung a prayer to light the first night’s candle and then we feasted on latkes with apple sauce and sour cream, matzo ball soup, chicken, and a salad. We even had some manischewitz wine, something that was not favorited by my taste buds.
Overall I think a great start to these 8 nights of lights. I think brisket is now on my list of meats to prepare… hello next weekend. This weeks recipe is between an easy holiday dessert, or my favorite meatballs. Any one have a preference?