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Food gifts...okay or not?

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Food gifts...okay or not?

Cynthia | Nov 24, 2004 11:44 AM

I want to ask a question that will probably seem a little silly, but hey, I am a mennonite from a small town in British Columbia and I don't know anything about dietary law so I am going to ask anyway. We have one, and I do mean only one, Jewish person in town. He happens to live in my building. How this nice boy from a good family ended up coming from NYC to here, I do not know, but here he is. He isn't going home for Hannukah, and he was telling me about this matzo candy his mom makes and how much he wished he had some...so I obtained the recipe. Now, he says that he is 'flexible' kosher (so I am guessing most would say he isn't kosher at all) because I don't think you can be truly kosher if you live in a rented apartment where God only knows what was done in the kitchen before you got there - or can you? I don't know, that is why I'm here - but I do know that he confines his kitchen to dairy cooking, primarily I think because you can't get Halal meat here. So, having said that, is it acceptable to make a food gift for someone like that or would it be a situation where he would have to thank me politely and get rid of it immediately? I don't want to start World War 3 here, but some opinions might be helpful.

Here is the recipe:

2 cups matzo farfel
Vegetable oil for brushing pan (unless using nonstick liner)
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons salted butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds (5 oz), toasted

So would it be acceptable for me to cook this in my own kitchen or would that be the wrong thing to do?

I appreciate your input.

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