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Bimuelos (with honey, orange and blossom water)

This issue’s recipe, in honor of Hanukkah, comes from Ph.D. candidate Hélène Jawhara Piñer of the European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food in Tours, France. Helen writes: Bimuelos have different names as everybody knows (bimuelos, buñuelos, etc.), but this recipe here is directly related to the Sephardic cuisine and particularly the Sephardic Spanish cuisine. Nowadays, in the south of Spain, Spanish Andalusians (without knowing their Jewish roots perhaps) are used to preparing "borrachuelos" for the holiday winter season and they connect it to Christmas. However, I am almost sure that in fact "bimuelos" are the origin of the "borrachuelos." The only difference is that borrachu

Hanukkah Melodies

Many familiar and beloved melodies are associated with Hanukkah. This recording of the blessings over lighting the candles, followed by Psalm 30, “Mizmor Shir Hanukkat Ha-Bayit,” is sung by the late Rev. Eliezer Abinun of London: http://www.londonsephardimusic.org/files/Music/Hannuka/AbinunHannukah.wma (The link comes from this page: https://sites.google.com/site/londonsephardimusic/hannukah-1) This recording of the Psalm “Mizmor Shir Hanukkat Ha-Bayit” is of Dutch Hazzan Simon van David Duque (Amsterdam 1897-Dachau 1945), around 1938: http://www.chazzanut-esnoga.org/small_festivals/chanuka/Duque%20Hanerot%20Halaloe%20Hazan%20.mp3 At Shearith Israel in New York, during morning services on t

Albondigas de Prasa (Leek Meatballs)

Turkish Sephardi cuisine relies mostly on bright, colorful flavors of vegetables. Vegetables like eggplant, zucchini, leeks, artichokes, okra, and celery are the central ingredients of our cooking. Using seasonal ingredients are also very important. Rosh Hashanah holiday is the perfect time for a fresh start. Food is a spiritual center piece of our holiday tables, and sharing it with family and friends is a great way of socializing. Among the foods we prepare are leek meatballs, koftikas/albondigas de prasa,, which you will find below. We also eat fish (served whole with its head) as a starter, and apple jam for dessert along with pomegranates. Their seeds represent the plenty that we hope f

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