Weekly Warm-Up: Hanukkah and the Geography of Judaism

Hanukkah is winding down, and I thought it appropriate to address the geography of Judaism in today’s Weekly Warm-Up. How well do you know Hanukkah? Find out in our five-question quick quiz! If any population is an ideal case study for a lesson in human geography, it is the Jewish population. Firstly, the term diaspora, commonly used to describe “the movement, migration, or scattering of … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Hanukkah and the Geography of Judaism

Danish holiday treats: Pudding, pancakes, and potato latkes

In our “Holiday Geocrafts and Treats” post, we suggested trying some traditional ethnic dishes. Of course, the possibilities are endless–nearly every culture on Earth from Mexico to Monaco has its own suite of seasonal recipes. So, to narrow the list, we stuck with our Geography in the News theme of Christmas in Denmark, and added a Chanukah recipe for good measure (of course, Jews are an important minority in Denmark as throughout much of Europe–ever read the excellent children’s book “Number the Stars?”)

So, without further ado, here are our favorite recipes for Danish rice pudding, Æbleskivers, and Jewish potato latkes.

ricepudding.jpgDanish Rice Pudding
Rice pudding is consumed throughout the holiday season in Denmark. On Christmas Eve, it follows the traditional meal of goose–the lucky guest to find the almond hidden in the pudding gets a prize. Another serving is offered at night to appease the prankster elf Nisse, who might otherwise make mischief. On Christmas morning, rice pudding is even eaten for breakfast!

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