topum (topum) wrote,

The rain, the goose and the new year

It was raining all night and all day today and most of our people have just been relaxing at our community centre. Some were playing pool, table tennis or board games. Some were having a conversation around the fireplace with a glass of brandy. Some where just enjoying a book in an armchair by the window with a glass of wine looking out at all that rain. And all of them looked with pity at myself and four other guys when we pulled our wellies on and left into the woods for the full day of work under the rain with the nature reserve crew.

It was a great day of work and we are done for the day. Helga made a roast goose with caramelised apples, a dish from Alsace which has apparently become a classic Hanukkah dish in Paris. Helga's Jewish friend in Paris taught her how to make it and Helga thought that since it is Rosh Hashanah, why not make it? Granted, Rosh Hashanah is not Hanukkah, but we are not Jewish so to us a Jewish holiday is a Jewish holiday and a goose is a goose. Also, if Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and Hanukkah is the Jewish Christmas then, here is your connection, right? I am gonna hit the shower, bring a bottle of red from our cellar and get to the table to start on that goose, people. Shanah Tovah!

PS: Is this cultural appropriation?
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