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By MADERA_32 - Posted on 05 April 2012

In our village of Huejuquilla during Holy Week, we have "La Judea" festivities. During this week, we eat, "Capirotada" also we eat Pan Semanita. But I was looking at this article I just saw:

http://shine.yahoo.com/spring-celebrations/battle-matzoh-balls-185700091.html

Matzoh Balls?

In Mexico they are popular but called, "Abondigas."

My grandmother, who was from Jerez, used to make Capirotada when I was a
little girl. I didn't like it or champurado or atole and, worse for me,
camote. I think I could eat capirotada now. :)

On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM, wrote:

> In our village of Huejuquilla during Holy Week, we have "La Judea"
> festivities. During this week, we eat, "Capirotada" also we eat Pan
> Semanita. But I was looking at this article I just saw:
>
> http://shine.yahoo.com/spring-**celebrations/battle-matzoh-**
> balls-185700091.html
>
> Matzoh Balls?
>
> In Mexico they are popular but called, "Abondigas."
>
>

Today I had albóndigas for dinner (in the afternoon, Mexican style) and they are what in English people call meatballs. According to the Spanish Royal Academy Dictionary, the name in Spanish is derived from Arabic (like other Spanish words that begin with Al-) and they define them as "balls of finely minced meat or fish, mixed with pieces of bread, eggs and spices; eaten cooked or fried".
Like many kinds of food, music, dances, styles of painting, etc., many different groups may claim them as their own.

albóndiga.
(Del ár. hisp. albúnduqa, este del ár. clás. bunduqah, y este del gr. [κάρυον] ποντικόν '[nuez] póntica' ).
1. f. Cada una de las bolas que se hacen de carne o pescado picado menudamente y trabado con ralladuras de pan, huevos batidos y especias, y que se comen guisadas o fritas
http://www.rae.es/rae.html

Victoriano Navarro

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