Sunday, April 8, 2012
Pinterest & iPad - Old Traditions & New Technologies
One tradition during Passover...for those of us who crave bread, but observe the ritual of no breads made with rising flour to remember the hurried departure from Egypt and the slavery of the Pharoah,... is the Passover Matzo Roll. Delicious when fresh and hard as the proverbial cement used to make the pyramids within a day.
My mother, the "modern cook" of the "50s & '60s, had a much bigger kitchen and more tools - the Sunbeam Mix Master is the one that stands out for me. But when she was diagnosed with MS in the early '70s, she handed over the Sunbeam and other utensils to me and I created the traditional feasts with some twists of my own. And while preparing the four - five course meals for 24, I always thought of my grandmother and am still in awe of what she did with so little.
Potato Kugel, or latkes, but there's no way I would spend hours grating 10-20 pounds/ 5-10kg of potatoes by hand as my mother and grandmother did!
But I'm not done in my tale of traditions and technology... I love my iPad and ... was there really life before Google and Google searches for great recipes?! But that led to my most recent frustration... my bookmarking techniques - bookmark on my NetBook, bookmark on my ipad, add to a recipe box on any number of great magazine sites, bookmark on Chrome, bookmark on IE.... ACKKKKKK!!!! And my total inability to actually finding them again.
Pinterest my latest and so far greatest tech toy... my Honey hates when I call technology toys, but I use the term lovingly. I love being able to be in touch with whatever I want to be in touch with, wherever I am and whenever I want it. See something you like - article, photo, recipe, whatever your passion and "pin" it for whenever you want it. No brain wracking about where or when you saw it.
Marcy Goldman, one of my favorite bakers and author of The New Best of BetterBaking.Com and A Passion for Baking are awesome. Not to mention her blog or her participation on FaceBook's Jewish Cooking Group. All this to say, not only could I "pin" the recipe... I could actually find it! Incredible Passover Rolls as published in LA Weekly. Not sure what the squid ink refers to, but has nothing to do with these mouth-watering rolls.
So... what's your favorite traditional dish and do you use old or new technology to prepare it?