Monday, May 23, 2011

lag b'omer and a variation of poyke

("Lag BaOmer (Hebrew: ל"ג בעומר‎), also known as Lag LaOmer amongst Sephardi Jews, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of Iyar. The holiday marks the temporary victory of Bar Kokhba's men over the Romans.[1] The holiday became a symbol emphasizing the struggle for national liberation and freedom. The most well-known custom of Lag BaOmer is the lighting of bonfires."
"Besides being the day on which the plague affecting Rabbi Akiva's students ceased, Lag Ba'omer marks the yahrzeit (anniversary of the death) of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. After the death of Rabbi Akiva's 24,000 students, Rabbi Akiva taught five students, among them Rabbi Shimon. The latter went on to become the greatest teacher of Torah in his generation. According to tradition, on the day of his death, he revealed the deepest secrets of the Torah in a Kabbalistic work called the Zohar.
According to the Zohar, Rabbi Shimon's house was filled with fire and light that entire day as he taught his students. At the end of the day, the fire subsided and Rabbi Shimon died [7]. On successive years, his students sought to recreate that experience of light and mystical revelation by kindling bonfires and studying the Zohar in the light of the flames.
Although the anniversary of the death of a tzaddik is usually a mournful day, the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon's death on Lag Ba'omer is a festive one. Bonfires are lit and people sing and dance by the flames. Weddings, parties, listening to music, picnics, and haircuts are commonplace." wikipedia)

  yesterday was lag b'omer so we made a bonfire in our garden and cooked some poyke on it. you can basically cook everything in a poyke but here is what we did yesterday.
you will need:
  • potatoes/sweet potatoes
  • mushrooms
  • carrots
  • onions
  • garlic
  • chickpeas
  • beans
  • some pineapple or dried sweet fruits
  • some chicken (optional)
  • rice or wheat
  • red wine
  • water
  • oil
  • salt and pepper and whatever you like
  1. put some oil in the pot, wait until it gets hot and fry the onions in it.
  2. add the garlic and all (except the chickpeas, beans and pineapple if they come in cans, you should wait a while before adding those) the other vegetables that you cut into big chunks earlier and the chicken.
  3. now some red wine, rice/wheat, salt and pepper and enough water to cover everything. now just let it cook and stir it now and then.

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