Sunday, November 1, 2009

'Tis the season

These have been lurking everywhere:


Right after the Sukkot holiday, Chanuka donuts started appearing. Sufganiyot,as they are known in Hebrew, used to come in only jelly flavor. I hate jelly. Now, however, the donuts come filled with all sorts of flavors and creams, including the only one I will eat, ribat chalav, or caramel. But I don't touch the stuff until Chanuka itself. The sugary, fried treats are a cardiologist's dream.



I tried to take pictures a couple of weeks ago in a local supermarket. The donuts looked much more luscious than these. But the guy behind the bakery counter went nuts. "אסור לצלם!"--"Assur Letzalem!--Forbidden to photograph!", he kept shouting. He became quite agitated and I quickly put the camera away. What did he think, I was going to commit some kind of donut espionage? If I was, I would have made sure to use my special SpyCam Surveillance Camera. You know, the one hidden in my shoe. Duh.

So, enjoy the season. I guess this means that Ol' Man Winter's gonna arrive any day around here. The mercury only hit 70 degrees today. Practically freezing.

Wishing you all an early Merry Chanukah.

12 comments:

OneTiredEma said...

What's your favorite local place for them? I hate jelly too but could totally go for caramel!

Rachel said...

I bought a few minis at Supersol, they were stale before I got home, and left my kids craving Dunkin Donuts.

Robin said...

They're out in my local supermarket already too. It's much too soon - go away, come back in December!

Israel W. said...

I also noticed the Sufganiyot. Together with the Crembos.
By the way if you are ever in the search for a photogenic marketplace, try machane yehuda, take a look at some of the pictures and even a video at the end of the post. Enjoy:
http://weissersinisrael.blogspot.com/2009/07/sabra-album-take-6-marketing-edition.html
Pre-chanukah sameach.

Leora said...

"donut espionage" - love that term.

Staying Afloat said...

When I was in seminary, we went down to Uri's and got them only 3 minutes out of the oven (fryer?), still warm and gooey... I'd never had a caramel one before, and I haven't had an equal since.

I'm so jealous that this is the seasonal sign you're seeing.

Gila Rose said...

do people think it's strange when you suddenly take off your shoe and hold it up to your face at different angles?
also - tired - for our very unscientific, artery-clogging poll we conducted last year, we found that english cake was the winner.

RivkA with a capital A said...

I LOVE sufganiyot!

I was so good last year, I think I only ate one on Chanukah (and none before).

One thing I did learn -- fresh is best!

Anonymous said...

In our supermarket, Sufganiot and Krembo's (sold only during the inwter months) were being sold DURING Chol HaMoed Succot! The day after Chanukah, you can buy Oznei Haman (Hamentashen), the day after Purim you can find Matzo (I still haven't figued out why I cannot buy matzo all-year-round in Israel), and the day after Pesach they start putting-up the decorations for Yom Ha'Atzmaut. Everyone's always in a rush rush rush around here....but in a happy way, to hurry and get to the next Chag!

Mrs. S. said...

"אסור לצלם" - {nods knowledgably} He was obviously citing Ordinance 32-9876 - The Sufganiyot Protection and Privacy Law.

Frankly, I'm surprised to hear that you were unfamiliar with this regulation...

:-)

ilanadavita said...

I am not a donut fan - I prefer latkes - but these look wonderful.

RR said...

I had to laugh at the guy who wouldn't let you photograph the donuts- what is the deal with THAT? LOL I'm not as into sufganiyot as I used to be, but I do like a freshly made one at Chanuka time.