In these current times of a worldwide pandemic and social distancing, how will we celebrate the High Holidays without the comfort of others and the sharing of food? Whether it is sharing a big meal for Rosh Hashanah or eating apples and dipping them into a sticky communal bowl of honey. Maybe it is the smell of brisket or a soft chewy bagel after fasting for Yom Kippur. As we head into the seven weeks leading up to the High Holy Days, Tisha B’av through Elul, and having to possibly experience things in new and perhaps a less traditional way, let’s all come together, share comfort food ideas, and learn something new to experience for these Holidays.
Getting an early start allows us to get creative, plan, and maybe practice. We will host two, 1-hour Zoom calls. The first one will be all about sharing ideas. The more we each share, the more we can each take away. The second Zoom we will try to create one or two of the ideas, live and while not in person, over Zoom. Think “Worst Cooks in America” only…well… probably worse.
Zoom 1 – What is Jewish comfort food to you leading up to and surrounding the High Holidays? What memories or stories does it bring up? What specific foods or recipes do you suggest? Maybe it is your great grandmother’s recipe or perhaps it is Emeril’s straight from foodnetwork.com.
Maybe you’ve recently switched to a plant based diet and you simply need ideas on how to start a new tradition? (Yes, jackfruit brisket is a thing…) Do you need resources to get yourself started? This is all about sharing and having the best experience we can unfortunately without being together.
Zoom 2 – A continuation of Zoom 1 only taking one or two comfort food ideas to the test and actually creating it. Maybe you will watch and cringe at what could be a disaster, or maybe you will join from home so you can practice for the Holidays and share in the smells and tastes.
These Zooms are hosted by one of our NVHC Trustees, Jim Kranzberg. Not a chef, not even more than an amateur short order cook, but really interested in comfort food, sharing ideas, hearing stories, and having fun trying something new.