|December 24, 2011||Posted by Carrie under family, food, friends, kids|
Hanukkah in our house involves cooking a lot of latkes. In the past years, I’ve cooked latkes in both of my kids’ school classes as well as for the staff luncheon at MMT’s school and our own family Hanukkah party. I think last year, I cooked up somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 pounds of potatoes.
My kids have watched a lot of latke cooking.
Last night, they asked to be in charge. As I mentioned the other day, we are entertaining on a small scale this year, so last night we just had one family coming over.
Bring on the potatoes.
The dog waited for falling goodies.
They shredded the potatoes.
They fried the mix.
They did a great job managing the oil – no burns
The dog was still hopeful for falling goodies.
A finished platter of yumminess!
Dancing Girl finished up the project. Dude (as is typical of an almost 9 year old) got bored at the end and took off to do something else).
Through the whole process, I think the only thing I did was give the mixture a final mix (a big bowl of shredded potatoes is hard to mix) and I poured the oil into the skillet.
It was so fun to watch them enjoy the holiday preparations.
In case you’re wondering – here is my latke recipe:
3 cups shredded potatoes
1/2 cup shredded onion (I don’t really measure the onion)
3 Tbl. Matzoh meal (you can use flour)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Mix it all together and fry in a generous amount of oil. Fry on each side until crispy brown. Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream. One batch should makes about 18 (but I never make one batch, so no promises).
And, to complete our multi-cultural evening, we went back to our friends house and my kids helped finish decorating their Christmas tree. It was actually the first time my kids had decorated a tree (there were 2 invitations this year, but both happened the weekend we were in Vegas and we couldn’t go).
I hope everyone is enjoying their family traditions right now. I’m so proud of my kids for enjoying our latke tradition and for the yummy latkes we ate last night.
When did you start taking over a family holiday tradition? Was it cooking related? (It seems to me that many holiday traditions are cooking related)