Brandoch Daha (ticktockman) wrote in thequestionclub,
Brandoch Daha
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Well-Greased Spider?

Because at this time we celebrate the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days (even though there was only enough to last one day in the eternal lamp in the Temple), we also make a deliberate effort to cook with oil. Thus, potato pancakes (latkes) are a Chanukah specialty.

I dug out my grandmother's ancient cookbook to follow the recipe she would have used. Once I have prepared the potato mixture, I am supposed to "drop [it] by spoonfuls on a hot, well greased spider in small cakes."

The word "spider" is not a typo. It appears in several variations of the recipe.

I ask you, TQC, what were my ancestors smoking?

*daha*
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