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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Expanding Horizons and the Incredible Challah

Kids learning to make Challah
 One of my favorite things about cruising is the shared knowledge you experience through other cruisers when they give of themselves. I don't know that I worded that particularly well, but it makes absolute sense to me. I'll expound.

Here is Barb off s/v Whatcha Gonna Do... she is getting ready to depart in a handful of days to the South Pacific... a 20+ day crossing. And what is she doing? She is teaching the kids in the marina how to make 'Challah'. She has tables set up on the dock in front of her boat, the supplies neatly laid upon the tables, and a recipe that is written out and copied for the kids to take home. What a treat!

Danielle, Kara and Pari

Harrison and Christian
It was time to brush up on my Jewish traditions. The melt-in-your-mouth, braided loaf is significant because  it represents the manna that fell from the heavens when the Israelites wandered for 40 years. There are many different ways to prepare Challah and many different recipes. Challah is usually free of dairy and meat. The three Sabbath meals and two holiday meals begin with two loaves of this tasty bread.

The tables were headed by Captains, the older children in the group (Danielle, Carolyne and Harrison). Then the measuring and pouring began. Because a boat oven is typically small and could never bake all the Challah loaves in a single day, Barb smartly arranged for the marina kitchen to bake the loaves all at once. It was very well organized.

Carolyne came home with her first ever personal loaf of baked bread. It was absolutely divine. Thank you, Barb, for such a memorable experience!

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