Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Miracle of the Maccabees

tonight was the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, celebrating the re dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees regained control of Judea. when they got to the Temple, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame for one day. by a miracle, however, the flame burned for eight days, which was how long it took to prepare more consecrated oil.

you place candles in the menorah from right to left, adding one candle each night, and kindling the candles from left to right. got it? the shamash ("helper") is usually set apart by being higher or lower than, and used to light, the other candles.

i decided to make latkes, and you cannot have latkes without pink applesauce. the great thing about organic apples (and they were once again little cheaper than the regular apples-a trend i hope continues) is that all you have to do is wash and slice with no worries of what may be on, or in, the skin.

much faster than peeling first.

the red skins are what make the applesauce pink (my skins weren't all red enough, as you'll see)

once they cook down you can stir them with a spoon and they mash right up, and then remove the skins. you can also add a little lemon juice if you want.

i used this recipe minus the beer (all i have in the fridge is PBR, and Guy thought that would be bad). i also sort of halved it, since i didn't want to eat 6 servings of potato pancakes. ( i mean, i COULD, but didn't think it was wise)

all mixed up...

...oil is hot....

ready to fry. they look like they will never stay together, but they do, you just have to let them brown enough before flipping them.

draining some of the oil.

i had four (on the plate...maybe one in the kitchen) with the not so pink applesauce and sour cream.

so the moral of this post is thus-no matter what you believe, a miracle is a miracle. and miracles should be celebrated. right? and like the saying goes- "may the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all humankind."

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