Purim!

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THIS SUNDAY IS PURIM~!

In a nut shell:
Purim is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar.

After all…. how often does a miracle come our way?

Wer’e left with the inescapable realization that nothing is quite as it seems, and that G-d is always pulling the strings, even when events appear to be “just happening.”

Ever get that feelin?daydream

It commemorates the time when the Jewish people who were living in Persia were saved from extermination.

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The twisted, maniacal villain of the story is Haman, the arrogant, egotistical advisor to the king.

SOUND FAMILIAR?sillyface

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Haman despised the Jew Mordechai because Mordechai refused to bow down to him, bow.gif so Haman plotted to exterminate ALL the Jewish people.

With the intervention of Mordechai’s lovely neice, Esther, the Jewish people were saved, and Haman was hanged on the very same gallows that he prepared for Mordechai.

Payback can be such a bummer eh?crying

A time-honored Purim custom is for all children, and some of the adults as well.heh… to dress up in costume.

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This is also the significance behind the traditional Purim food, the hamantash, a pastry whose filling is hidden within a three-cornered crust, just like Haman’s three cornerned hat.

Y’all know by now that If ya wanna celebrate like a Jew, however…ya gotta eat!
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So, without further ado……I give you………….Back by popular request..kiss:

HAMANTASH:

Mmmmmmmmm. Good.

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1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup orange juice

2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon

Any kind of jelly, preserve, fruit butter, or even pie filling that ya like.

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Here’s whatcha do:
Mix the butter and/or margarine with the sugar.
Add the egg and blend.
Add the orange juice.

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Then add your flour, 1/2 cup at a time, alternating white and whole wheat.
Mix in the baking powder and cinnamon.
You can refrigerate the batter for few hours to make it easier to handle. Heh.chef

Roll out your dough.
(Try rolling it between two sheets of wax paper lightly dusted with flour to avoid gettin your hands all ikky or gettin holes in yer dough)

Cut out 4 inch circles… like this:

Now, the fun part:
Drop your filling of choice in the middle of each circle…like this.

Fold up the sides to shape a triangle.

Paint each hamantash with a wash of beaten egg to make it look purdy if you like.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, but make sure the filling doesn’t spill out..heh.

Walaa!

Traditional Purim fillings are poppyseed and prune.
Many also use apricot, cherry, strawberry jelly or jam, apple butter, or even cherry pie filling.

Now eat as many as you can without countin calories or havin your hubby or wife have to pry them away from ya.foodcandyy143

Or mebbe jus go for the potato pancakes instead. MMMMMMMMmmmm.

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Happy Purim!…and hey…Iran, wer’e comin.
Any day now dude.

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22 Responses to “Purim!”

  1. RandyG says:

    That last picture tells the story….Have a great weekend Angel.

  2. DeanO says:

    Angel – I probably learn more and agree with more said and written within your posts. The recipe was cool also. The Jewish people – God’s chosen; they ain’t going anywhere! I appreciate all your research!

  3. Adrienne says:

    Oh Angel – thanks for the cool recipe and reminding me about Purim. I’m definitely making those and I’ll offer special prayers at Mass this Sunday for Purim.

  4. Bunkerville says:

    Make it a good weekend. Smells good!

  5. Bob Mack says:

    Great post, great recipe. Nothing left to say ‘cept have a great weekend.

  6. Kid says:

    Have a great one.

  7. The Malcontent says:

    Happy Purim, I’ll have a Prune.

  8. Paul Champagne says:

    The prune ones are the best. Never knew why they were shaped the way that they are till today. I get smarter every time I visit you Angel. Have a great weekend.

  9. William Stout says:

    That’s it! Now you made me go into the kitchen. I have got to make some of that hamantash. Happy Purim Angel!

  10. Woodsterman says:

    I’m too full to run …. Happy Purim Angel!

  11. Katie says:

    Have fun, get drunk, eat hardily, food has no calories on Purim!

  12. Debbie says:

    YUM!

    “Who knows but for this very purpose you were place here…”

    None of us know why we are where we are at any given place in time, but God knows and perhaps he has a purpose for us.

  13. Matt says:

    This site always makes me hungry. It is an appropriate thing though, because throughout history, people keep trying to exterminate the Jewish people, and God always brings them through.

    I’d feast to that.

  14. KarL M says:

    GOD pulling the strings in private…
    sort of a Wizard of Oz type image without the Toto revealation of “behind the curtain”…
    Can not wait for the ALLmighty to pull a couple of more strings..nice and tight…around some necks i will happily point out to him..
    Happy Holiday Angel,and enjoy the parties…

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  16. The Conservative Lady says:

    Happy Purim, Angel. I am printing that recipe out right now!

  17. Christopher says:

    Angel, Happy Purim first off!

    Second, Thank you for teaching me something I did not know. This holiday is very important obviously and I am confused as to why I had not known of it?

    Granted I am a Christian but one would think that such a significant piece of Jewish world history would be clearly noted on calenders. If it had been (not Jews fault for sure) folk’s such as myself would have been aware YEARS ago.

    I think we all ought to lobby the calender makers about this situation!

    p.s., Darn it, you got me hungry again!

  18. amanofwonder says:

    Bout time a holiday came around so’z you wud do a food post agin.

    Thank G-d for serendipity.

    Esther iz my kinda gal.

    Iffen it werent for her I wud’unt be where I am at.

  19. Brooke says:

    Purim and a super perigee in the same day! WOoooo!

  20. Lista says:

    Yes, Happy Purim. I Like your Holiday Posts. Especially Jewish Holidays because I’m Ignorant of these Things and yet Feel it is an Important Part of Our Christian Heritage. Thanks. Oh, and yeh the Food. Yep, Always Love the Food.

  21. MK says:

    Those potato pancakes look mighty appealing.

  22. z says:

    If you’re not sending me those cookies and potato pancakes, STOP WITH THE PICTURES! We’re studying DANIEL in Bible study right now and so I finally understand PURIM! I hope you had a happy one!

    xxx