The zen of challah braiding

A six braid challah. You can make one, too! Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Happy Friday!  And for all the Jews out there, Shabbat Shalom!

I went to a Jewish camp south of Buffalo when I was a kid.  Fridays were spent in forced labor cleaning up and prep for Friday night Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath.  We were even assigned specific shower taking times.  We hated it all, of course.

Except when we were assigned to make challah.  The dough was already done in a big machine.  We sliced a big ball into three, roll out ropes of dough, and learned to braid the traditional sabbath bread.  It was fun.  It was challenging.  It was really satisfying and, even for a ten year-old, soothing.

Watching this video of a woman making a SIX (!) braid challah will make your day and put you in the right space for the weekend.  And if you follow this recipe, you'll have some delicious bread to boot.  Thanks to my current obsession, Food 52, for this.


On a totally different subject, this blog post from NPR's The Salt is must-reading for thinking about the future of the family farm.  I'll write more about it next week, but I wanted to share it today.  Have a great weekend!

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