Christmas celebration on December 24-25, and New Year on December 31-1,(Gregorian calendar), are well-known dates to the majority of the population, however, per the Julian calendar, Christmas is celebrated on January 6-7, some call it Orthodox Christmas, and the New Year is celebrated on January 13-14. Ukrainians call this New Year “Malanka”, the day of St. Melania, or “Generous Eve” (Shchedryi Vechir).
Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish religious holiday representing the New Year, so traditionally apples dipped in honey are part of the menu during this holiday.
Today I will post my recipe for a Jewish Apple Cake, which was given to me by a friend a couple of decades ago. I was not sure what made this particular recipe “Jewish”, so I turned to my readers for their feedback. One reader explained that Jewish desserts are usually made without dairy, so they can be served alongside the meat dishes, which also makes it a great dessert for Hanukkah holiday. If anyone else has a different take on this theory, please share your comments
The Honey-Apple Brie Bites were absolutely delicious, and so elegantly presented in prepared phyllo cups. These ready made phyllo cups are readily available at any grocery store, and they come in three colors: natural, red, and green. The chef selected the natural color, to complement the red apples she used in this recipe.
With the upcoming holidays like St. Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year, there will be lots of parties to attend and lots of party foods to prepare and sample. I will contribute, by posting some of my favorite recipes for these occasions.