08 March 2009

Holiday Food Mash-Up

This weekend, with some assistance from Rafi and Rita, I made five dozen hamentaschen - half of them apricot, half chocolate. On spying the chocolate filling, Julian told me that yesterday, in shul, a friend of ours bit into a chocolate hamentasch and wondered aloud whether it was carob. "Nobody would make carob hamentaschen!" I replied, just as he was getting to that same punchline. "It's Purim - not Tu B'Shevat!"

It got me thinking, though - how many holiday food traditions could one cram into a single, edible (and preferably palatable) item? Carob hamentasch = Tu B'Shevat + Purim. Fry it, and you cover Chanukah. Fried carob hamentasch with a honey-based dough = Chanukah + Tu B'Shevat + Purim + Rosh Hashana. Maybe you can even argue Sukkot, because hamentaschen are stuffed, in a manner of speaking.

Can you come up with a more inclusive delicacy?

5 comments:

Juggling Frogs said...

A friend once collected everyone's etrog after sukkot to make etrog jelly.

She gave us a jar of the jelly as a chanukah gift.

We weren't fond of it, but she said it was yummy and worth making.

So I saved the jelly and put it in the hammentashen I made for her family in my mishloach manot to her that year.

Anonymous said...

It got me thinking, though - how many holiday food traditions could
one cram into a single, edible (and preferably palatable) item? Carob
hamentasch = Tu B'Shevat + Purim. Fry it, and you cover Chanukah.
Fried carob hamentasch with a honey-based dough = Chanukah + Tu
B'Shevat + Purim + Rosh Hashana. Maybe you can even argue Sukkot,
because hamentaschen are stuffed, in a manner of speaking.


Make the dough out of matza cake meal, and you've added Pesach.

Make the filling carob *cheesecake*, and you've added Shavuos.

Then . . . don't eat it, and you've got Yom Kippur!

Penny said...

@Anonymous that only works if you gebrockts on pesach. so i guess sub potato starch and a pound of sugar instead...

miriamp said...

Ew. No gluten-free hamentashen. That just doesn't work. (Sorry, Penny!)

But my hamentashen dough already contains honey AND oil. (we are not frying it, either, sorry, Shanna.) Carob filling in one, esrog jelly filling in another and some sort of story about tying all the holidays together (perhaps sans Pesach, or just include Pesachdik grape juice? Not in the same food item, though) would make an interesting mishloach manos theme.

miriamp said...

Hmm, something milchig might tie in Shavuos and Chanukah in one step and save you even contemplating frying hamentashen.