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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

We are going to have a fun Hebrew class on Friday! Since Pesach is coming up, our teacher has decided that our activity for Friday (which is usually a conversation day, in which we all sit around and shoot the breeze in Hebrew) will be to eat matzo-based foods. We got a handout with maybe ten or twelve recipes involving matzo, and everyone in the class has to pick a recipe, cook it, and bring the results to class for a (hopefully) tasty demonstration that we a) were able to translate the recipe successfully and b) can operate a kitchen. So far, one classmate has volunteered to make Matzo Cake With Chocolate, and I've claimed Matzo Strudel.



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Apr. 16th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Copies of recipes, ma'am, please???

*bats adorable eyes of doom*
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Can you wait until Friday after class, after I've made the strudel and can vouch for it?
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course! *smiles happily, knowing of one's own secret addiction to Matzo in almost anything...*

What a fun class. :) I hope you all have a great time!
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
So far, we'll be having strudel, chocolate cake, and pizza. All made with matzo.
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
I luv food-based language learning.


Matzo Strudel sounds quite doable.
Apr. 16th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
It seems to be something that requires a little bit of finesse, but it's not too big a patchke to accomplish on Friday morning before class.
Apr. 16th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh that does sound like fun. You can cook too, so this should be good.
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
The strudel recipe isn't even all that difficult. (None of them are, really.) And knowing how to cook is a great help when translating recipes. Even if it's hard to look up a verb (Hebrew verbs are always hard to look up), if you know basically how recipes function, you can make an educated guess and look it up in the English-Hebrew section of the dictionary to see if you're right.
Apr. 16th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
I've been looking at this recipe, mostly because they call it "matzo crack".
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Oooo, that looks good! I may have to try that and bring it to a family Seder.
Apr. 16th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
I wish I had classes like that! Sounds yummy.
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
Ariela loves to have cooking classes. For the first- and second-year classes, it's stuff that doesn't really have to be cooked with heat -- fruit salad, charoset, tahini, that sort of thing -- so that she can supervise and help translate. But for us in Advanced Readings, we are presumed to be able to translate the recipes on our own, so we get to go off and just present our work to the class.
Apr. 16th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Awesomesauce! Or, well, awesomematzo, as the case may be. Back when I was taking Portuguese, there was one bit where the prof handed out stacks of Brazilian recipes in the said language, and there was another bit where we had a party at his apartment at the end of the semester and many of us brought food, but it seems he never thought to combine the two.
Apr. 16th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Interesting that he handed out just Brazilian recipes and not Portuguese ones as well -- was it a class specifically on Brazilian Portuguese?

A final feast of Brazilian and Portuguese cuisine would have been an excellent final exam.
Apr. 16th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
It was. (And it would have been! Though it was a pretty basic course, and I would likely have been the only one to require only minor rather than extensive help.)
Apr. 16th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
I definitely want you to be my aunt.
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
I'll do what I can!
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
For the health and safety of your class, you must make a super huge batch of Matzo Strudel and send a portion to each member of your flist to try first. Then, if there is any left if we deem it safe, you can share the rest with your class.

We're doing this for their benefit, of course. Because we care.
Apr. 17th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
You're so kind and selfless to care about the health and safety of four students and a teacher you've never met. Perhaps you care as much about me and would like to request the Matzo Cake with Chocolate and the Matzo Pizza to go along with your tasting portions of strudel?
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Mtzo cake: you break the matzot to the dish size, then between layers you splash chocolate for sandwiches. Or do you have to actually bake the matzot? Now, that's just cruel.
Apr. 17th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
I don't know; I didn't actually translate that recipe -- I picked the strudel because I compared the ingredient lists, and I had more of the strudel ingredients on hand. But one of the things we have to do tomorrow is narrate the recipe for the class. I could tell you after class?
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