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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Steampunk Hanukkah Dinner

Shortly, some friends and I are getting together to celebrate Hanukkah. It'll be a little late to fall during the actual holiday (which runs from December 1 to December 8 this year,) but the spirit will pervade our every action. We're hoping for a large banquet—at the moment we stand about 14 confirmed guests—and to that end we've decided to go for the gusto and produce a multi-course meal, somewhat taking our inspiration from Victorian menus (though with much less food served per course.)

Cooking for Hannukah has a theme to it—oil and cheese. The miracle of Hanukkah involves oil miraculously burning for 8 days, and so in remembrance of that, things are fried. Lots of things are fried. Cheese comes from an adjunct historical piece, the story of Judith and Holofernes. We've decided to take a multinational, multicultural, historical, Jewish approach to the meal, combining recipes from an old Jewish cookbook, from our family traditions, from our cultural backgrounds, and from our imaginations—the sort of thing that Steampunk is all about.

The menu, which will begin to be linked to recipe posts, is below.

Spinach - Feta Bourekas with Zchug
Mionetto Il—Prosecco
Served Persistently throughout the dinner: 
Latkes with applesauce

Curried Carrot Soup



  1. My gosh, this all sounds so fantastic! I hope you guys have a real great time. :)

    Thanks, as always, for the fun read.

  2. Squeee! Another Jewish steampunk!

    I hope you had a good holiday. I'm looking forward to seeing how you celebrate Purim. ;-P

  3. Grace—My hanukkah was a good time. My mother gave me a Thomas Keller cookbook. I'm so glad my family understands me.

    Purim.... hmm. That's an exciting prospect.

    Take care!


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