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rashi and latkes

Postby aries » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:53 am

I am trying to show that if there were potatoes in the time of Rashi, that Rashi would prefer latkes. I am basing this on the gemara in Kidushim where only Rashi and none of the other French Rabbis translate the text as fried fish (frit, friture). My problem is that latkes is galette de pomme de terre while frit de pomme de terre is french fries. French fries are not associated with the Slavic countries where the Jews learn to eat latkes but with Belgium and der Netherlands. (Why don't the people in Belgium have oil? The divinity gave them a choice, French fries or oil. This is extremely funny to French people but no one else.) Any suggestion for something with frit and channukah?
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Re: rashi and latkes

Postby aries » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:35 am

my friend Ben Michaelson says that the latkes were originally fried cheese in line with eating dairy on Channukah. Rashi brings the custom of eating dairy on Channukah so fromage frit would fit better with his interest in frying foods in oil.
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Re: rashi and latkes

Postby Enora » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:22 pm

The original latkes were invented by Italian jews.
They are a sort of ricotta cheese pancake. Delish btw.
Frit (silent t): something fried
Friture: fried food
frites (or pommes frites): french fries

Tunisians are experts in frying... so much so that when tunisian husbands come home after work, they don't ask their wives "what did you cook for dinner?" but "what did you fry for dinner"
-yes I married a tunisian and can attest their dishes are perfect for hanukkah-
fricassés, banatages and "boules de miels" (a sort of honey dipped donut)
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Re: rashi and latkes

Postby Hart60 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:44 pm

Sounds lovely but isn't all this bad for the cholesterol levels :( .
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