Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Vegetarian * Parve * Paleo *
Happy Hannukah. Every year my study group has a little Channuka pot luck and – as is usually the case – I am making the latkes (potato pancakes). I’m especially happy to do it this year as most recipes use flour or matzo meal (also a flour) and I want to make these gluten-free and Paleo.
Hanukkah is one of the happy holidays. It’s celebrated for 8 days because it commemorates the miracle of a one day’s supply of oil for the menorah (a candelabra that was to burn throughout the night every night) in the Jerusalem Temple lasting the 8 days – long enough to produce a new supply. It’s a time of year where gifts are given (at least one each night), games are played, songs are sung, and eating greasy fried food is highly encouraged – especially latkes and doughnuts (it is, after all a holiday celebrating oil).
It’s also known as The Festival of Lights (much easier to spell than Channukkah) and occurs on the darkest night of the year. The best part for me is lighting the Chanukka candles in the menorah and saying the blessing. It’s a ritual that brings me immediately back to my parents home and fills me with happy/sad memories.
May you make many happy memories tonight and for the next 8 nights…and Happy Hanukah (have you counted how many ways I’ve spelled it?)
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