I grew up and lived with my family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We lived in a house overlooking the banks of the Red River. During Pesach of 1966 the Red River flooded and there was a possibility that we would have to leave our home. It was during Pesach – interesting timing to consider fleeing our homes!
The city of Winnipeg supplied homeowners in our situation with sand and sand bags. Each day people would go up and down the streets of threatened homes and drop in for a few hours to help build sandbag dikes to surround the houses. The army was even sent out to help with the work!
My mother Dorothy Crust- ever thoughtful- wanted to feed everyone who came out to help, but what could she feed them on Pesach? She boiled up hundreds of hot dogs and made hundreds of matzah meal latkes, and fed the kind volunteers hot dogs wrapped in latkes! What a brilliant idea! That was accompanied by soft drinks, coffee, and potato chips.
This year I decided that shawarma will be on my pesach menu. Thinking back to that exciting Pesach I decided to use my mother’s idea.Instead of laffa I will make not-laffa, and for your dining pleasure I will share my recipe.
3/4 cup cake meal *
1 cup water (approximately)
*cake meal is a finely ground matzah meal. You can use matzah meal instead if you want.
Combine the cake meal, eggs and salt. Add the water until you have a loose batter. It will be like a pancake batter. Pour a little oil into your heated frying pan then pour in a spoonful of the batter, smoothing it so the “blettl” (pancake) is as thin as possible. After two minutes or so on a medium high heat flip the “blettl” over. When it is a very light golden brown it is ready. Flip it out of the pan and then on to the next one.
Note: The amount of water you add will vary depending on humidity, type of cake meal, and the size of eggs you use.
I made four 6 1/2″ – 7″ inch not-laffas from this recipe.
I‘m really looking forward to loading up my not-laffa with regular or veggie shawarma, Israeli salad, olives, pickles, hot sauce, pickled peppers….ooh, I can’t wait!
Enjoy your Pesach preparations, and I hope this gives you some new ideas.