Chanucah

Get ready, it’s time to talk Turkey

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, December 23, 2012

So Chanucah is over. The candles — shamash and all — have burnt down for the final time. The doughnuts have been consumed. The dreidels are packed away and the last of the wrapping paper has been consigned to the recycling bin. Now what?

Well, now, the Christmas season is upon us and the perennial dilemma starts. What should Jews do at Christmas? It is a minefield.

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Don’t bring us figgy pudding

By Sarah Ebner, December 21, 2012

It happens every year. In December, my children and I feel like nasty party-poopers. It’s not pleasant to rain on other people’s parades, and we honestly don’t mean to. We simply can’t help being Jewish at the wrong time of year.

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Boy saves family from Chanucah fire

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 20, 2012

A nine-year-old boy’s quick thinking saved his family after Chanucah candles ignited their home last Friday.

Moments after Zev Dunner had left his wife and four children, aged between two and nine, at home for a Shabbat synagogue service, Chanucah candles are believed to have set fire to the living room curtains.

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Taken for granted

December 13, 2012

On Wednesday night, the doors of No 10 Downing Street were thrown open for a Chanucah party. It had all the usual accoutrements: the doughnuts, the latkes and the Chanucah gelt. It even had the Chief Rabbi, along with the great and good from our community.

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Braw bricht lichts of Chanucah

By David Aaronovitch, December 13, 2012

So, readers, "Happy Hannukah!" That's what it says on the strange, giant, zinc candlestick near Jack Straw's Castle in Hampstead (for our more observant customers, I ought to explain that Hampstead is a shtetl about 2,500 miles west of Jerusalem and 10 miles south-east of Radlett).

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Healthy Chanucah Carrot Cake

By Ruth Joseph, December 13, 2012

INGREDIENTS
140g plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
5 heaped tbsp ground almonds or walnuts
2 organic free-range eggs
225g fairtrade light brown muscovado sugar
180ml light olive oil
180ml orange juice (equivalent to about 1½ oranges)
Zest of 1½ oranges
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g carrots, peeled and finely grated

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Apple, pear and olive oil cake

By Denise Phillips, December 13, 2012

This is perfect for Chanucah tea as it captures the symbolic use of oil as an ingredient as well as being an ideal recipe for an afternoon snack. Olive oil makes dense, moist cakes and goes well with fruity flavours.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Serves 8

Ingredients
60ml olive oil
225g caster sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

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Roasted Beetroot and Apple Salad

By Ryan Bartley, December 13, 2012

The combination of earthy beetroot, salty feta and sweet dressing in this recipe makes a cleansing salad for your Chanucah table. The combination of purple, golden and candy-striped beetroot adds a wonderful colour contrast. If you cannot get hold of multi-coloured beetroots, the standard beetroot can be used to make a deeply purple salad. Chanucah’s golden olive oil is used in the dressing.

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Baked doughnuts with creme patissiere filling

By Lisa Roukin, December 13, 2012

It seems strange to put “baked” and “doughnuts” in the same sentence but believe me, they are good. If you haven’t got time to make the custard filling, they are equally delicious unfilled; or try ready-made alternatives like strawberry jam, chocolate spread or lemon curd.”

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10-12 minutes

Makes 20

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Chanucah 2012

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2012
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