Thursday, October 6, 2011
The Yiddish-speaking chefs from the Forverts, the Yiddish-language version of The Jewish Daily Forward, are back for the holiday season with a couple of recipes that could make it easy to prepare a pre-Yom Kippur fast meal or one of the meals for the week-long holiday of Sukkot, which starts next Wednesday evening.
The ladies, Rukhl Schaechter and Eve Jochnowitz, chatter and make small talk in Yiddish while preparing Chicken Fricassee and a vegetarian dish of rice with apples.
We've run most of their cooking episodes since they started the series in May 2010. To see the other episodes, just type Yiddish cooking in the search box in the left column of this web site.
One of the kicks we get out of the series is the painless Yiddish lesson that comes from listening to their banter as the English translation appears in subtitles. For example, gehakte knobbel has much more character than minced garlic, and hoit is much more expressive than chicken skin.
The recipes in this series, including this one, are not what you'd find in a fancy fusion restaurant, but they do offer a look back at the life of Jews in Eastern Europe. Not a bad thing as we head into the Yom Kippur fast and the joyous Sukkot holiday.
It's going to be a busy and short Friday, so we'll take this opportunity to wish all of our readers an easy fast and a G'mar Chatima Tovah. May we all be sealed in the Book of Life for a happy and healthy year. We'll be back on Sunday with more of our usual mix. Enjoy!
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