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November 25, 1994 - Image 126

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-11-25

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E'THEL HOFMAN SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

n the first night of the only country where "bigger is
Chanukah, imagine hav- better," you're mistaken. Glicks
ing a cookout in 80-degree has us beat. Arranged symetri-
sunshine, then at 10 p.m. cally behind sparkling glass pan-
when darkness has fallen, light- els, there are 6-inch wide
Pumpkin Latkes; Tuscan Pump-
ing the Chanukah candles.
If you're part of the 38,000- kin Involtini like giant Danish
member Jewish community of pastries drip with sweet pump-
Melbourne, Australia, that's ex- kin filling; vegetable-stuffed
actly how you will observe the turnovers aptly labeled Family
eight-day holiday that celebrates Pasty; Pizza Filo Scrolls, and suf-
the miracle of the one-day supply ganiot thickly slathered with
chocolate and white frosting are
of oil burning for eight.
For Chanukah, Jewish fami- double the size you would see in
lies in the suburb of Caulfield any local doughnut shop. Pump-
have worked out a brilliant strat- kin, used extensively in Aus-
egy to keep children amused and tralian cooking, is not our
parents relaxed before candle- Halloween-type pumpkin, which
lighting time. (Caulfield is nick- is too watery and stringy, but a
named the Borscht Belt because blue-skinned Windsor. Butternut
of the 350 Jewish families who squash, tan on the outside and
live there.) The celebration be-
gins with a "Sausage Sizzle" in
the park or, if it's raining, in the
social hall of the Mizrachi Syna-
gogue, one of more than 20 Mel-
bourne synagogue's supported by
a dynamic Jewish community.
"It's tough to try and keep the lit-
tle ones awake long enough to
light the candles," says Sonja
Slonim, 34, who came to Mel-
bourne from the En Hodarea in
Israel two years ago, but she adds
with a huge smile, "This works." deep orange inside, is a satisfac-
What's a Sausage Sizzle? Ms. tory substitute.
"Mendel is a legend — there's
Slonim explains, "It's really an
American-type barbecue only we none like him" insists a satisfied
use sausages — kosher, of course customer as he hurries in to pick
— instead of hambiirgers and hot up lunch. The chief baker and
dogs. Everybody brings his fa- boss is a Polish immigrant,
vorite salad or dessert and the Mendel Glick, in the business for
25 years. "It wasn't always like
children play games."
It's the norm for families here this," smiles daughter Penina, 34,
to have 10 or more children. It's glancing over baskets brimming
also normal and a necessity for with assorted bagels and cakes
most women, including the mod- and the incredible variety of fresh
ern Orthodox, to work outside the salads displayed in sparkling
home. Leisure is precious. If glass-fronted cases. "He saved up
there's no time to cook, what to buy the first little shop, which
was just a storefront." Penina,
then?
As we often do, "take-away" is who is the middle child of nine
the Australian answer. "We line siblings, proudly announces "Our
up at Glicks," answers a 30-ish baked goods are a Melbourne tra-
mother wheeling a buggy with dition." Mother of five, she comes
a baby and a couple of toddlers in to work in the store "for a break."
Glicks also is famous for its
tow. Glicks, the local kosher bak-
ery-delicatessen par excellence, prepared foods. Besides the tra-
has built up a citywide reputa- ditional Chanukah latkes and
tion so that on a Friday after- _doughnuts, an array of salads,
noon, non-Jews as well as Jews enhanced with nut oils, are fresh,
pack three deep into the store to bright, and absolutely delicious.
buy the shiny-crusted challahs, Favorites were Roast Potato and
hot from the oven. Indeed, the Sun-dried Tomatoes, Broad Bean
bakery and delicatessen challahs, Salad with fresh dill and al-
monds, (we used butter or lima
hot from the oven.
Pumpkin and coriander trans- beans), Vegetable Curry Salad,
form the traditional European Pasta with Crisp Fried Onions,
latke into a uniquely Australian but there were more than a dozen
Jewish dish. National goodies others equally tempting. In this
such as feather-light Lamingtons hemisphere, it's definitely not
(coconut-covered sponge cake weather for an outdoor "Sausage
squares) are a popular snack. If Sizzle," but Australia's dashing
you thought that America was CHANUKAH 'SUMS' page 118

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