A Housebound Sukkah


You can take kids out of the sukkah, but you can’t take the sukkah out of the kids.  Katja Goldman, author of The Empire Kosher Chicken Cookbook - a book described as changing “the way you think about the kosher kitchen”-   had a dilemma.  Her young twins were not feeling well, too sick to travel, and too sick for the sukkah. As the symptoms worsened it was clear that their freshly-baked challah would be traveling alone to the family sukkah.  Katja, a woman who understands the kitchen’s direct link to a child’s soul, immediately recognized that her children must not be deprived of their treasured sukkah experience.  So they baked one. 

They used a standard gingerbread house recipe for the walls and roof.  Then the construction pieces were held together with royal icing “sugar cement.”  They crafted fruits, gourds, leaves and chains from marzipan, colored with natural coloring. They then cut out the table, benches and place mats from a sponge cake.   The results?  Two happy children, happy parents despite the  housebound hag sameah.


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5 Responses to “A Housebound Sukkah”

  1. sarah greenberg Says:

    i am katjas child, and my twin and i were not sick at all. we wanted to make a gingerbread house for hanuka later thet year, but it was unlikely so we convinced mom to make a gingerbread sukkah. the problem ws, that mom wouldnt let us eat it becuase she wanted to keep it whole, so by the time we were allowed to eat it it was to stale to hcew

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