In the spirit of Lag Ba’omer

It’s all about picnics and potatoes.

May 4, 2017 10:26
Mojito potato-pomegranate salad

Mojito potato-pomegranate salad. (photo credit: YAKIR LEVY)

The holiday of Lag Ba’omer, which is coming soon, is associated in our minds with potatoes. Whether we enjoyed eating fire-roasted potatoes around a bonfire with family members and friends, or celebrated Lag Ba’omer at picnics in the park or at outdoor parties, potatoes have always been part of the picture.

In her book A Taste of Tradition, my mentor and publisher Ruth Sirkis wrote, “The bonfires on Lag Ba’omer mark the beginning of the outdoor cooking season.” Roasting potatoes evenly in a bonfire is not easy to do. Sirkis rubs her potatoes with oil, wraps them with foil, and bakes them on a barbecue or in the oven.


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