Once again I found myself in the kitchen on the day of Shabbos eve making challah and a new treat- knish. I tried a new challah recipe today- it tasted yummy but not necessarily like challah. I’m not sure how to decribe how challah tastes. It just is.

I’m waiting for the knish to come out of the oven. I made three varieties: potato, onion, and cheese; potato, onion, chicken and spinach; and potato, onion, steak and broccoli. I was reminded while preparing the dough and fillings that many cultures have their own version of knish- an “everydayman’s” meal. Pierogis in Poland. Pasties in England. Each variation shares a heartiness and a frugality. Each variation stretching out food staples (potatoes) and leftovers into a new dish.

Like last week, I found myself at peace in the kitchen today even during the moments of bustling and balancing two dishes- trying to keep meat from dairy and counters clean. Dancing over the cat who twisted herself around my ankles. This time I listened to Alasdair Frasier and his beautiful fiddle. Again, I prayed while I worked- sent light and love to those close to me and those I’ve yet to know.

I felt at home in all senses of the word- in my kitchen while working with my hands to bake for a loved one, in my heart as i thought of family and friends, and in my mind as I considered the shared history we have of food and tradition and caretaking.

I think that in this time of transition, I’m going to try to keep Fridays as a sacred day for baking, cooking, mindfulness and prayer.


Challah recipe  (made two medium 4-braided loaves)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast

Knish recipe from The Shiksa in the Kitchen 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


The Universe is my Classroom: Every encounter is an opportunity to both teach and learn

Running with science

The science of healthy living

Clementine Morrigan

Writer, Poet, Rebel Scholar, Working Witch


Chanyado. Shade. Respite from the sun. A place under the tree to rest my head, and wiggle my toes out in the sun.

%d bloggers like this: