I was fortunate enough to have Emmy-nominated PBS cooking star and author Pati Jinich's gefilte fish
Veracruzana at an event celebrating Mexican-Jewish food at The General Muir in Atlanta.
Just smelling that gefilte fish
aroma tells my senses that it's a Jewish holiday,'' said Jason Miller, a rabbi and director of a kosher food certification agency in West Bloomfield, Mich.
It's enough to drive an honest, sensitive, peace-loving soul like myself to devour four pizzas and a bucket of gefilte fish
pinch cheeks, prepare gefilte fish
and display chutzpah as Tracy-Ann Oberman and Prof Dovid Katz act as judges.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Jewish cookbook without some old favorites, so there are recipes for such traditional fare as chicken soup with matzoh balls, rugelach, and gefilte fish
(probably the most challenging dish in the volume).
The gefilte fish
was a custom-grind of carp and whitefish in a fennel-thyme fumet--a far cry from the congealed stuff in jars you see every season at the supermarket.
Nor is the product lineup limited to the cliches of gefilte fish
and knishes, but now boasts many upscale specialty foods ranging from spelt-free to sushi.
In food, gefilte fish
is a dish most commonly associated with which religion?
Forget being well-written; it's the gefilte fish
of journalism," she says.
But the largest and oldest community Seder in Los Angeles will feature far more than 450 game hens and 400 pounds each of prime rib, potatoes, gefilte fish
, plus 2,000 handmade matzo balls.
The holiday meal will begin with gefilte fish
accompanied by horseradish, followed by chicken soup with matzoh balls.
To her Ashkenazi peers, meanwhile, as a non-Arab Egyptian and Sephardic Jew unaware of gefilte fish
, Yiddish, or "kosher," she is neither a real Egyptian nor a real Jew.
These might include squid (calamari), octopus (pulpo), cuttlefish (sepia), mussels (cozze), fresh and smoked eels, salted cod (baccala), smoked chubs, kippers, nova lox, conch (scungili), lobster tails, pickled and creamed herring, and gefilte fish
(poached fish patties or balls made from a mixture of ground deboned fish, mostly carp).
The Jewish congregation shares gefilte fish
or beet salad, the Brazilians a finger food called salgados, the Filipinos a chicken dish called adobo.
Herzog, whose book, The Yiddish Language in Poland: Its Geography and History, has maps showing that the line separating the pronunciations of zugn and zogn for the word meaning "to say" corresponded to the line between the areas of sweetened and unsweetened gefilte fish