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Monday, 28 March 2005
The Kugel

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According to urbandictionary.com a kugel is South African slang for

A materialistic, wannabe-sexy Jewish woman who belongs to a specific subculture of wealth and style, with affected mannerisms and a nasal way of talking. The term is used by both Jews and Gentiles in South Africa, and even by kugels themselves.
Hey, doll, if they want to call me a kugel, fine! Most of my gynie’s patients are kugels anyway.

This was the best definition I could find online - most simply said an affluent Jewish woman which is too vague.  No doubt the South African Concise Oxford Dictionary would have a clearer definition and explanation of the origin of the term.

I had also known of a kugel as being some kind of air-filled pastry or dough snack. The item in the above photo introduced to me another sense of the word.  The text of the plaque reads as follows:

The Kugel

The kugel is a one tonne sphere of granite that revolves on a thin film of water. The water is pumped into the granite socket at two different speeds, making the Kugel spin on its own.

Please do not drink the water.
This water is continuously recycled and and treated, so it is advised that neither you nor your dog drink the water.

Please do not splash the water.
You are welcome to help the Kugel rotate, but please do not climb on to it!

Thank you.

The punctuation is rather strange because the word kugel is capitalised three times (including in the title) and in lower case once.  The kugel in question can be found at the Carsington Water visitors centre.

Posted by bigblue on 28/03/2005 at 11:50 PM
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Also check out lokshen kugel (noodle pudding).

I’m not quite sure why one would want to be described as a pudding (in Yiddish) though.

Posted by mart  on  29/03/2005  at  08:55 AM

Ah yes, I’ve heard of that but never eaten it (as far as I know).

Another word derived from this is (I guess) kugelhopf, a sweet, rich “bread” made in a large fluted, hollow pan and shaped like a turban. French recipe, English recipe.

One of our colleagues also pointed me to the kugel game.

Posted by bigblue  on  29/03/2005  at  11:12 PM

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