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Here Are Some Delectable Latino Foods To Heighten Your Hanukkah Menu This Year

It’s the holiday season, which means nearly every Latino of religious faith or of none are coming together to celebrate food and family. While most Latinos think Nochebuena is the official holiday of Latinos, our community is just as diverse in skin tone as we are in religion. Food has a poetic way of invoking the spirit of our ancestors and enriching our bodies in real-time with their own recipes and heritage. Latino-American Jews invariably have an ancestral arc that began in Europe and made its way to Latin America under duress from religious persecution either from the Spanish Inquisition or from Nazi Germany a couple of hundred years later. They fled to Latin America where Latino Jews have a strong community, and some eventually immigrated to the United States where an even smaller community of Latino-American Jews exists. Anti-semitism may be the catalyst for the Jewish diaspora, but a persistent, inherited hope for a better life is the driving force. For Latino Jews, an even wider array of recipes are available to work its ancestral alchemist magic to invoke the settled feeling of home.

With Hannukah just days away and grocery lists left blank on the page, might we recommend some of these tan rico Hanukkah dishes.

Peruvian Purple Potato Latkes

CREDIT: “PURPLE POTATO LATKE 1”. DIGITAL IMAGE. ECURRY. 20 DECEMBER 2019.

For Latina-Jewish eCurry blogger, “latkes are softly intertwined with the memories of warm and cozy meets during the Hanukkah feast in my daughter’s preschool with equally warm and cozy friends, teachers and children. Along with it are woven the dreidels, the lighting of the menorah, the chant of the prayers and of course the music which still rings in my ears.” For Jews living in the South American Andes’ highlands, the Peruvian Purple Potato would have been more widely available than white potatoes. 

Tacos de Brisket

CREDIT: UNNAMED. DIGITAL IMAGE. THE LATIN KITCHEN. 20 DECEMBER 2019

Julian Medina, a Mexico City-born and raised chef who later converted to Judaism, has gifted the Festival of Lights his very own recipes that marry the two cultures together. With the flavors of Hanukkah and the Mexican experience of eating a well-made taco, come los tacos de brisket. The tortillas are made of Matzo meal instead of cornflour and the brisket is flavored with Bohemia beer and sofrito. You can’t go wrong.

Guacamole de Pescado Ahumado (Whitefish Guacamole)

CREDIT: UNNAMED. DIGITAL IMAGE. THE LATIN KITCHEN. 20 DECEMBER 2019

You heard that right, and it’s not wrong. Chef Medina has done it again and it’s quite easy to accomplish. If you know how to make guacamole and whitefish salad, then you know how to make this recipe. If you’re hosting a holiday party and know that one of your Latino friends celebrate Hanukkah, this may be the perfect dish to ensure they feel welcome and seen. Just be sure to use kosher salt in the Guacamole. The whitefish salad is close to a similar Jewish salad though Medina offers to top it with cilantro. It’s the perfect appetizer or party sampler dish when paired together!

Buñelos with Honey

CREDIT: “BUNELOS PHOTO BY MICHAEL NATKIN” DIGITAL IMAGE. KOSHER COWBOY. 20 DECEMBER 2019.

Hanukkah is all about the fried food to celebrate the miraculous oil that just kept on giving. While buñelos have become a major treat in Latin American countries, in Hebrew, they’re called bimuelos. While you don’t have to do anything different than how your abuelita taught you to make them, they make the perfect Hanukkah dish given their leavened doughy, deep-fried goodness. With a dash of sugar and spice in the dough, which must be proofed for at least an hour. You can poke a hole through the middle to make fried donuts or fry the classic buñelos in a pan. Drizzle with honey and disfruten. Honey is the magic ingredient.

Sofrito

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That’s right my fellow Boricuas, sofrito might be the ultimate symbol and base of our cuisine, but Spanish Jews had long been using the garlic, onion, pepper, tomatoes, cumin, and olive oil base salsa to slow-cook chicken, veal, beef or lamb by Spanish Sephardic Jews. In fact, we owe it to the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition for bringing their recipes with them. Their cultural influence made an impact on Spanish cuisine, which then had a ripple effect on Latin America as it became colonized by Spain. Originally, sofrito was most often celebrated in the Balkans, the Levant, Turkey, and the Maghreb before making its way to become a Puerto Rican staple. Whatever you decide to make for your Hanukkah meal, including sofrito is a no-brainer crowd pleaser.

READ: This Is How Jewish Latinos Get Down With The Food During Hanukkah

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

@nappancakes

casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

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♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

READ: Spicy Food Lovers Have Reason To Celebrate As New Study Says Eating Chilies Could Be Secret To Longevity

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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