Bagels originated in Southern Germany but were eaten by Jewish families in Poland in the early 17th century.  It was a matter of convenience really, bagels could be baked very quickly so they ate them on Saturday evenings after the Sabbath.  It sort of reminds me of our sandwich night after Sunday night church service.  By the time service is over, you are hungry and want something fast but good.

It’s NATIONAL BAGELS & LOX DAY!!!  If you’re not familiar with lox, it is thinly sliced cured salmon that is spread on the bagel.  It’s an iconic Jewish-American dish.  It was once only found in New York delis, but it’s now available all across the country.  Our local deli here in Wichita even has it!  Woo-hoo!!!

Lox symbolizes the saltiness of tears and was invented by America.  In the 1800’s the transcontinental railroad began shipping barrels of salted salmon to the East Coast.  Bagels symbolize the circle of life.

Take part in this Jewish-American tradition and enjoy a tasty bagel topped with cream cheese, lox, red onion, tomato and capers!

Have you heard the word “schmear”???  That’s the Yiddish word for “grease” which back years ago was slang for a bribe, as in greasing someone’s palm.  But today, a “schmear” in a bagel baker’s world is anything that can be spread on a bagel.  They don’t spread – they “schmear”. 

The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.  – Beatrice & Ira Freeman

Why is there a hole in the middle?  It’s thought that bagels were sold off of a dowel on street corners – and it made it easy to tote them around.  And why are they called bagels?  The original name was derived from the Yiddish –  beygel from the German dialect word beugel, meaning ring or bracelet.

Was that lox…  or box???  This is a few years old – but so cute.

I wanted to see if I could find something a little more healthy than cream cheese – and found this recipe online:

I think that might be pretty good.  Avocado still has fat in it, but it’s healthier fat than cream cheese!

All this talk of bagels and lox is making me – ya know…  hungry!!!  🙂