Israel & Latkes: Cooking Up Culture, Bolinas After School Program

December 11, 2018 3:30 pm
December 11, 2018 5:00 pm
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Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
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271 Poplar Rd., Bolinas, CA, United States, 94924

This year with the Bolinas after school program we embark on the discovery and celebration of global cuisines. Learning flavors, ingredients and techniques of the world while we try to understand how culture, access to ingredients and even politics can shape the foods we eat.

Since it’s Hanukkah we thought we’d celebrate with learning a bit about the Jewish foods eaten around this holiday not just in Israeli but around the world. Latkes originated in northeastern Europe and are found in several of the global cusiness from that region. The traditional Jewish potato latke, is actually Yiddish and made with grated potatoes and onions, bound with eggs.  Latkes have  to be the most popular symbolic dish for Hanukah, the Jewish festival of lights: as latkes are fried in oil, they symbolize the Hanukah miracle of the oil that lasted 8 days when the Jews recaptured the Holy Temple in 165 BC. While we may be familiar with the classic dish and story, however, latkes or fried pancakes are ubiquitous amongst cultures of the world (most commonly associated with the cuisines of Luxembourg, Lithuania, Austria, Belarus, Germany, Poland and Ukraine), and depending on local crops, can even be made with beets, corn, or eggplant! In this class, along with a nod to traditional latkes, we’ll revamp the classic by infusing fresh creativity with herbs and delicious new vegetables. More than just a celebratory symbol, latkes have become a means for experimentation – from traditional to modern, sweet to savory, breakfast recipes to dessert (and each accompanied by one of Nissa’s unique & herbalized sauces).

Bonus for the students will be participating in Nissa’s recipe testing for a new mango recipe – Mango Sufganiyot ( Jelly Doughnuts)- another Hanukkah tradition in Israel symbolizing the burning oil lamps as well.

Recipes: Rosemary Potato Latkes with Rosemary Apple Chutney; Parsnip Latkes with Moroccan Spiced Creme Fresh, Mango Sufganiyot

Class Type: Bolinas After School Cooking Program, middle school, hands-on cooking class

Class Notes: Unique latke making using local and seasonal goods! Sip on Rosemary Maple-Parsnip Soda

Nissa Pierson

Noted herb expert and founder of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Nissa Pierson, is the utmost of an herbal enthusiast in the kitchen. Her vast years of herb knowledge and her passion towards fresh herbs make her an excellent teacher and source of herb inspiration. In addition to traveling the world seeking fresh herb & organic conversation for her business, she is a noted cooking instructor & herb expert with over 15 years experience, specializing in fresh herbs and sustainable, organic, fair-trade and local produce as well as an extremist in proving that the art of eating & cooking well is a relatively simple process and just takes enthusiasm and some tidbits of knowledge. Contact Nissa