You might be asking yourself - I didn't know Peanut Free Mama was Jewish? Well, I'm not. But growing up on the east coast, Chanukah was a big part of the holidays for kids. Heck, Noodle Kugel is a big holiday food in our household (we eat it with beef bourginon which I believe is a jewish no-no though). And I'm all about diversity and Bella learning all about other faiths, so.....where was I?
When we were talking about Chanukah, I was thinking to myself - I wonder if eating nut-free is hard at Chanukah as well? Are there traditional foods that a nut-allergic person needs to avoid? So I did a little research. Here's a list of some foods associated with Chanukah:
- Latkes (and Cheese Latkes)
- Noodle Kugel (I thought this was more for Yom Kippur than Chanukah - either way it is amazingly good - I found this recipe and it's almost identical to the one my Auntie Phyllis Zeldman used to make - yum!)
- Doughnuts (or Sufganiyot)
- Rugelach (a no-no for nut allergy sufferers)
- Mandelbrot (also a no-no for nut allergy sufferers)
As far as I can tell, eating nut free looks fairly easy (just avoid using peanut oil for frying and stay away from the rugelach and mandelbrot). Although I am stumped as to how one finds safe gelt (the little chocolate coins). Every package I pick up in the store has a nut warning. Are there any you can buy in the store (not mail order) that you can guide me to?
I am sure I am not doing Chanukah justice with this short post, but my intentions are good. Did I miss anything? If you have anything to add, leave it in the comments and I will update the post.
To all my visitors who celebrate Chanukah, I wish you a safe and happy holiday.