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Fancy Dress Purim Style Recipes

Purim is one of the most entertaining Jewish holidays.
When else can you dress up like a penguin or Angry Bird, Barbie Doll, Queen, Baby,Minnie Mouse or even as a soldier and eat chocolate and other sweet goodies for several days without feeling too much guilt?
Kiss an Angry Bird

Kiss an Angry Bird

On Purim Jews are also required to send gifts of food and drink, referred to as the ‘sending out portions’ or in Hebrew, Mishloach Manot. A common treat to be included in these food baskets are ‘Haman’s pockets’, sometimes called Hamantashen or Oznei Haman. These triangular fruit-filled cookies supposedly represent either Haman’s three-cornered hat or his ears!  Below you can find the recipe and choose your own fillings.

PURIM-ACQUARIUS

The  festival pays tribute to the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther. The story of Purim is told in the Book of Esther, known as the Megillah, which means ‘scroll’. Esther was a Jewish girl who became Queen to King Xerxes of Persia 2000 years ago, and through her bravery was able to thwart an attempt to slaughter all the Jews living in Persia. Purim commemorates Esther’s courage in saving the Jewish people and the reading of the Megillahis usually an entertaining and rowdy occasion when everyone in the synagogue boos and hisses whenever the name of Haman, the favourite nobleman of King Xerxes and the villain of the Purim story, is mentioned during the service. On Purim Jews are also commanded to send gifts of food and drink, referred to as the ‘sending out portions’ or in Hebrew, Mishloach Manot. A common treat to be included in these food baskets are ‘Haman’s pockets’, sometimes called Hamantashen or Oznei Haman. These triangular fruit-filled cookies supposedly represent either Haman’s three-cornered hat or his ears! My own Purim gifts include some Poppy seed and chocolate filled pockets, as well as a recipe for a visit to the dentist of sweet delights coated with sugar and little surprise gifts.

This is a great dough recipe never fails and is simple..

Home made Purim Pockets  with your choice fillings 

Ingredients 
1/2 Cup Margarine/50gr melted butter  +
1 Cup sugar

1 egg, 1 Tspn milk + 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence

2 Cups Flour , 2 Tspns Baking powder , 1/2 Tsp salt

After combining the Sugar and margarine ,beat it together with the egg, milk and vanilla mix.
Then add in the lfour mix.
When all mixtures are combined and crumb like roll into a ball  place in refrigerator for 20mins then roll it with a rolling pin..
Bake for just over 10 mins  at about 170 0r 180 Degrees Celcius
after filling with poppyseed mix, halva, nut mix or whatever..

I like making my Hamantaschen  small size of a coin so it doesn’t need more than a pinch of filling  and they always come out delicious .

If you are interested I may have a recipe for Poppy seed cookies or a cake with pears and poppy seed that I also tried out over the years for Purim..

It is also customary to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim and yesterday our city held their own parade otherwise known as the Adloyeda.  The sun duly came out after the parade had been postponed last week because of heavy rain. My eldest son was walking in the parade with his youth groupOn Purim we are required to hear the reading of the Book of Esther. The book of Esther is commonly known as the Megillah, which meansscroll. It is customary to boo, hiss, stamp feet and rattle groggers(noisemakers) whenever the name of Haman, the villain of the Purim story, is mentioned in the Megillah reading. The purpose of this custom is to “blot out the name of Haman.”

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