OMG it’s been so long. I’ve been working, and finally bought a brand new phone and laptop to blog again! I also got this new gadget to hold my phone to give awesome video of entries during the week. I’m so excited!
Today, is Purim. As you guys know, I’m Jewish. Newly Jewish(thanks Ancestry.com, and family members who gave information to help out!), but I’m studying and learning daily. With that said, their are a lot of holy holidays, and this one is one of my favorites. Not to go into too much detail, it involves celebrating, eating, and dress up. I really like makes the baskets you give out, which leads into the post today!
Last year, I didn’t have to funds to participate in the festivities, and was bummed a little, but this year it’s on like Donkey Kong! I began to research where I could get supplies, and I needed, and the infamous Hamantaschen cookies.
These cookies are really cool, and the story behind them are interesting. I knew from last year I wanted to give a basket to Hyperdiva’s friend. She gave her one last year, so I decided to give a big one for her and her sister. Since then, my new client, Sassy Lady, is also Jewish. Since she’s a feisty 92 year old lady, I made her a slightly different basket, but one she should enjoy. A part of me is a little nervous giving them out, but I think everyone will enjoy them!
As I mentioned, I made Hamantaschen cookies from scratch. Its an essential part to the Purim gifts. They were so tasty last year, and I’m not gonna lie, I was a little intimidated, but I wanted to try, and want to embrace my roots as much as I do with my African roots.
Of course google let me know what to do. I hope one day my blog is as helpful as toriavey.com. Not only did I find hamantaschen cookie recipe, but I found two ways to make it, and five different recipes for the fillings. I kept it simple on the fillings.
Strawberry and Peach Apricot.
The dough was dairy free, which was great since dairy doesn’t fair well in our family. The only issue I had was the flour/water ratio. It’s something you have to play around with to get it just right to roll out. After that, the fun begins!
As you fold the cookies into the shape of triangles, you get a groove going and it goes by really quick. I baked two batches, twelve of each flavor. The crew liked them, so I’ll be baking more after I come back from going out to work. It’s been fun trying to learn more about my heritage and the foods that come with it.
Here’s a picture of Sassy Lady’s basket completed. It’s a surprise for her, so I hope she likes it. Hyperdiva has ran over in the darkness and delivered the basket to her friends. It’s a covert operation. You can’t be seen delivering the baskets or boxes you choose. Their mom text me saying ‘oh no, their dad is on their way to deliver her box’.
To those who celebrate Purim, Happy Purim! For everyone else back east, stay safe through the blizzards. Out this way or anywhere, if you go out, stay safe, and tip your service people(including rideshares, like me! LOL). Have an awesome Saturday Night!