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Pom (Surinamese Potato Dish)

During these cold winter days, you might consider making pom, an immensely popular chicken and potato dish in Surinam. So celebrated is it that no festive occasion is considered complete without it. As it turns out, pom has roots among the Portuguese Jews who settled there. Food scholar Karin Vaneker interviewed a member of the local Jewish community, Mrs. J. Emanuel, who remembers that “in her youth, the kitchen used to be in the garden. ‘For Sabbath, pom is either baked overnight or baked beforehand and kept warm on a warmhoudplaat [warming dish]. It is common to serve pom on festivals and birthdays. Traditionally, pom was served on Rosh Hashana.'” For Mrs. Emanuel’s recipe, please see be

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