Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Family Traditions

CSD Heritage challenge

This month's challenge is going to be simple yet challenging because there is something special about the month of December. At CSD we have such a diverse membership from various cultures and religions that is a pleasure to be part of. Whether Christian, Jewish, or Muslim, traditions play a huge role in creating an identity that our kids can relate to and take comfort in. Family tradition is one of the few things that stays constant in our lives and is the glue that binds. We merge the best from both sides of the family. Life wouldn't be nearly the same without family traditions to cherish and look forward to. Tradition is especially important to our children whose memory of us will be strongest during the observance of long-held family traditions. That being said, the theme for this month is "Tradition". The challenge will be to scrap a family traditon.
Here are the rules: 1) Scrap a family tradition that is both memorable and meaningful. 2) Journalling is important. Tell us about the tradition. Why is it a tradition? 3) You can use any kit you want for this challenge, but it must be a kit from a CSD designer and you must credit the designer when you post. 4) Post in the Heritage Scraps gallery by Dec 30th. 5) The winner of the December poll (if there are more than 3 layouts) will win a $5 coupon.

TRADITION "Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds.
The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of"
Ellen Goodman

Here is my entry:

at CSD
at digishoptalk
kit used: Hanukkah

Chanukah is our most important December tradition. It brings us together as a family, singing traditional songs together, eating latkes and sufganiot (donuts) and blessing the lighting of the candles. It connects us with our Forefathers of thousands of years, commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE, remembering the miracle of the little can of pure oil that lasted 8 days!

Here is our recipe for latkes/levivot (between brackets is what is supposed to be in it but we don't put because my kids like it sweet and not spicy). Ashkenazi tradition :)

1 Grate the potatoes (and the onion if u like). We use 3 big potatoes.
2 Mix the grated potatoes (and onion), 2 beaten eggs, little salt (and pepper), a little flour (half a cup or so) in a bowl.
3 Heat a bakingpan over a medium flame.
4 put in the bakingpan some oil.
5 Form the potato mixture into small pancakes - 2 to 3 spoons of potato per pancake.
6 Flatten the pancakes slightly with the flat side of a big spoon or so.
7 Bake until the pancakes are nice brown on the bottom, then turn and bake the other side.
8 Repeat with the remaining potato mixture.
9 Serve hot with a teaspoon of sugar sprinkled over each pancake :))
10 Postpone any dietplans until AFTER Chanukah


Shirley1md said...

Yum! You're making me hungry for potato lakes! Thanks for posting the recipe for others to make.

Altered Amanda said...

Woot! We will try your recipe! :) It has been years since we had some.