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Chanukah Tradition: Frying! | by Daniel Greene
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Chanukah Tradition: Frying!

It is traditional to fry foods during chanukah to remember the oil that burned for a miraculous eight days (to go along with the other three eight-day festivals that conveniently coincide with pagan festivals at the solstices and equinoxes, but that's another story... ;-).

 

Anyway, we made garlic sour cream mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner the night before, so the morning after Christmas (still Chanukah, mind you), we made latkes. We already had the deep fryer out from when we'd made soufganiot (donuts) a few days before, so I suggested we use it and fry the latkes "hush puppy style" in balls.

 

Tech note: I found that my camera wanted to overexpose. If I put it in TV mode, it wanted to make the aperture too large for my taste, and if I put it in AV mode, it wanted to make the shutter speed too slow. I bounced a flash off the ceiling for this shot, and used Manual exposure to force a slightly smaller aperture (to capture all the detail and texture) and a fast shutter to semi-freeze the motion of the bubbling oil.

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Taken on December 26, 2008