Special needs

A new holiday tradition

Jack and Talia make Hanukkah latkes for a class festive feast. This year, Tal gets to help in a different way

By Amy Baskin
A new holiday tradition

A big day today. It’s Talia’s annual class festive feast. Each student brings in a favourite dish that their family enjoys during the holidays.
For us — that’s latkes (potato pancakes). And in our house, Jack is the latke guru. It’s a multi-step extravaganza involving endless potato peeling, grating, onion chopping, mixing and frying. Inevitably, the smoke detector shrieks several times during the frying — and poor Jemma Dog cowers under the desk. To end the agony, I stand on a chair and press the cancel button on the smoke detector. That's MY job. Ahhh yes... tradition!
For the first time, Talia is in charge of potato peeling — normally too challenging a task. Jack found a cool Chef-n peeler with a handle that fits over one finger. At the cooking store it was recommended for those with arthritis or other fine motor difficulties. Happily, it's a big hit with Tal. 
As I sip coffee this morning, our house has the lingering aroma of onions and fried potatoes. As it will for the next eight days of Hanukkah. Gotta love it.

This article was originally published on Dec 20, 2011

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