Happy First Day of Hanukkah

By Eleri Larkum

Today’s recipe comes from Like Mama Used to Make  – a cookbook produced by the Women of the Ann Arbor Chapter of Hadassah in 1952.

Like Mama Used to Make, Women of the Ann Arbor Chapter of Hadassah, 1952

Like Mama Used to Make, Women of the Ann Arbor Chapter of Hadassah, 1952

A revised English edition was made at some point, and was probably lurking on a bookshelf of your childhood – my mother-in-law’s copy is spread before me as I type. It has inspired me to undertake some historical Chanukah baking.

Illustration from Like Mama Used to Make, Women of the Ann Arbor Chapter of Hadassah, 1952

Illustration from Like Mama Used to Make, Women of the Ann Arbor Chapter of Hadassah, 1952

The first day of Chanukah, my true love baked for me:

A Chanukah Menorah Vegetable Salad

Now, the instructions are rather complicated, but I have taken lots of photographs along the way:

“Put the whites of the eggs through a coarse sieve and spread solidly on a large flat platter as the background.”PC171943PC171944

“Mash the yolk with butter or mayonaise and form into tiny balls, with a point at one end to represent the tip of a flame. Sprinkle with paprika and place above the 8 asparagus candles.”

8 candles? What about the poor old worker?PC171946

And there you have it. A Chanukah Menorah Vegetable Salad as Mama used to make.

If I were you, though, I’d wait to make it till later on in Hanukkah, otherwise you’ll have a fair bit of egg yolk on your hands:PC171948

Stay tuned. I’m planning to attempt the Individual Candle Salad later this week, and there’s an Edwardian Rich, Plum Cake for Hanucah, which is pushing my baking skills to their very limit.

And if you can’t find your mother or mother-in-law’s copy of today’s book, you can find the whole thing on the web:

http://cooks.aadl.org/files/cooks/Hada52.pdf

Don’t you just love the internet!

See also Eleri’s A 1916 Plum Cake, Rich, for Hanucah

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4 thoughts on “Happy First Day of Hanukkah

    • not sure what will happen to this one. I’ll leave it out, next to an open jar of mayonnaise, and I suspect the kids will figure it out …

  1. Pingback: A 1916 Plum Cake, Rich, for Hanucah | Wimshul Cooks

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