SCoJeC is delighted to have facilitated a gathering of the Jewish Network of the Highlands and Islands at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Inverness for a talk and Jewish cookery demonstration.
American born Sam Wilding waxed lyrical about her grandmother’s cheesecake, the recipe for which she had gleaned during her time working for a top professional kosher baker in America, and brought along a delicious example that she had prepared earlier for the participants to sample, containing no less than 2 kg of cream cheese and 10 eggs! She also spoke about what is known as “The Brooklyn Trifecta” – 3 latkes, 2 blintzes, and a knish, which had prompted the day’s event, and fascinated the participants by demonstrating how to form apple-dumpling-shaped knishes from a long roll of filled dough. One of the other participants commented that “Sam was a brilliant presenter, and her cheesecake was the most deeeelicious I have ever tasted (with all due respect to my mother)”.
Accompanying her was Linda Martin, SCoJeC’s Volunteer Ambassador for the Highlands & Islands, who demonstrated traditional potato latkes and cheese blintzes that were sampled and enjoyed by those present. There was also SCoJeC’s now-traditional kosher buffet, prepared with much valued help from an Israeli who used to work in a kosher deli in London who has recently moved to the area – and who – it's an amazingly small-world – has an uncle who lived on the same kibbutz as one of the other locals!
More than twenty people participated in the event, including the police community liaison officer, who used it as an excuse to don his uniform and escape from painting his garden fence! Unsurprisingly, all the cheese cake, knishes, latkes, and blintzes disappeared as quickly as they had appeared!
One participant commented: “Thank you for a most interesting and enjoyable afternoon … all in all it was tasty and enjoyable.”, and another said “I’d like to say a huge thank you for that successful event. We found it inspirational, educating, entertaining and very tasty, and believe it has increased interest in Jewish tradition and the connection to Jewish roots.”
Many thanks to Sam Wilding for her presentation (and cheese cake), and to Monica Lee Macpherson, Chair of the Scottish Highlands & Islands and Moray Chinese Association (SHIMCA) for her help and the use of their premises.