Potato Latkes

For Canadian Thanksgiving, I didn’t have quite enough time to post my recipe of an experimental side dish I was planning on making. Since this Thursday will be the American Thanksgiving, I wanted to catch you guys up on my experimental side dish. I made some Potato Latkes with sweet and regular potatoes, red onions and sage. If you didn’t notice, this recipe has 2/3 of last week’s challenge ingredients!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large-medium sweet potatoes
  • 5-6 medium size regular potatoes (I had Yukon gold available)
  • 1 red onion
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • chopped sage leaves (~4 leaves)

 

Procedure:

  1. Using a box grater or a food processor, grate the sweet potatoes and regular potatoes in a large bowl. You will notice that there’s some water coming out from the potatoes, that’s totally normal
  2. To prevent the potatoes from turning brown, transfer the grated potatoes in a bowl with ice (a trick I learned from Martha Stewart haha)
  3. Once all of your potatoes are grated and in the bowl with ice, you can leave them there and start slicing 1 red onion. Some recipes call for the onion grated but I love the colour that the red onion gives to the dish
  4. Then chop your sage leaves and add them in the same bowl with your onions
  5. Using a strainer, drain the ice water from the bowl with the grated potatoes
  6. Squeeze out as much water as you can from the grated potatoes before adding them with the onions and sage leaves. Some people use a cheese cloth to squeeze it out but you can simply use your hands as well
  7. Once all of the water is drained/squeezed add the grated potatoes in the bowl with the onions and sage leaves
  8. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper to season the mixture
  9. Start heating a deep pan before adding your cooking oil (about 1 inch of oil works fine but if you need more just add it in)
  10. Crack an egg then add it into the same bowl
  11. Mix the ingredients together with your hand while gradually adding the flour in the mix using your other hand (it’s easier than you might think!)
  12. Once the oil is ready for frying, you can spoon the potato mixture and drop them in the oil OR you can use your hand to clump them together and carefully drop them in (I do a little bit of both)
  13. When they are in the pan you can flatten them out with your spatula to get a pancake shape
  14. Fry them for 2-4 minutes on each side (depending on how thick they are of course)
  15. Dry the excess oil by transferring the potato latkes in a plate lined with paper towel
  16. Repeat steps 12-15 until all of your potato mixture are cooked and enjoy!

Potato latkes are commonly paired with sour cream or applesauce. I made a sweet n’ sour sauce using apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, pepper and chili flakes.

I have a new recipe coming up at the end of the week as a part of my recipe challenge. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Always,

K

 

P.S. Please follow this link to VOTE on week 2’s #DKRecipeChallenge. I will be using the ingredient with the most number of votes to make a new recipe posted 24 hours after the polls has closed.

 

Thanksgiving Leftover Pulled Ham Bagel Sandwich

This past Thanksgiving my family and had some non-traditional menu items. Before I tell you what it is, my main motivation for coming up with this menu was to experiment on different flavours and side dishes. And for the most part, that’s why I love cooking during the holidays-inevitably providing me with a group of taste testers! So without further ado, my Thanksgiving menu consisted of: slow cooked ham on pineapple juice, cranberry juice, cayenne powder and nutmeg; kale Caesar salad; chickpea and beet salad; blanched cauliflower and broccoli; potato latkes and an apple.

IMG_4763I’m proud to say that most of those dishes did not survive the second or third day. Leaving me with leftover ham (which turned into an awesome pulled pork), bacon strips and undressed kale leaves today. Finally getting the chance to talk to a lovely dear friend, I thought I used these ingredients to make a sandwich representative of her favourite items. Thus, the great ‘Pulled Ham Bagel Sandwich’ was born.

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About to take a bite so I thought you should see it before it was all gone 🙂

For this recipe, you can use any kind of bagel or left over ham/pulled pork from your fridge. You may also use another kind of green if you don’t have kale around; ordinary lettuce will work just as fine. I made a honey mustard sauce for the sandwich (yellow mustard, mayo, garlic paste, pepper and honey) to compliment the sweetness of the pork. Then just like any sandwich, you stack up the ingredients: toasted bagel bottom+ pulled pork + leftover bacon strips + hot sauce (for a little kick!) + kale + toasted bagel top.

I hope you and your families had a lovely Thanksgiving feast!

Have any leftover Thanksgiving creations? Leave a comment below and share with us!

Always,

K

Gobble-Gobble!

Because I missed writing a post on our (Canadian) Thanksgiving, this post will be a multi-purpose post! Besides, I got tired of writing my final term papers for this semester 😛

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Growing up in North America, it’s really hard to think of Thanksgiving without thinking of apple pies, apple crumbles and of course turkey! Since I’ve been using my mason jars a lot lately, I wanted to incorporate that in this post as well. I find mason jars extremely versatile and cost effective. I actually use mason jars instead of plastic re-usable containers to store my lunch when I have to bring some on campus. They come in different sizes and and doesn’t spill easily because of the twist-on lid. Anyway, this is my mini (American) Thanksgiving post: mason jar apple-cranberry crumbles!

Apple crumble is one of my all-time favourite desserts but I could never seem to get enough of the crumble part! For me, it just tastes substantially better when you get some crumble and filling on every bite. So, as you may notice, I decided on using layers of crumble in between layers of apple-cranberry filling. You would use the same methods to prepare the crumble and the filling but instead of putting the crumble on top and then baking it in the oven, you would bake the crumble separately for 20-25 min at 350 F. Halfway through make sure that you shake the tray so that it bakes evenly and end up with those little golden nuggets of goodness 🙂 hmmm! Also, I sneaked in some flax seeds as I was making my crumble to add a boost of fibre to my dessert. Once you finished making the filling and the crumble baked be ready to assemble. As a garnish, I just dusted some powdered sugar but you could also put some whipped cream or ice cream as well.

Just a disclaimer since some people have asked me personally when they see me eat out a mason jar, it’s not that hard to eat on. I think most people would think that it is but it’s really not. I mean I wouldn’t put a steak to cut in there or a piece of whole chicken breast, that would just be incredibly foolish in my part. That being said, of course you would need to cut some food out in smaller pieces because they wouldn’t be able to fit in the opening anyway.

Meanwhile, I found that card to the lefthand side of the picture on my out of class about a week ago. I had a lot of things on my mind at the time and decided to keep it. And so, if you could say two things, what would it be? In light of Thanksgiving and the Holiday season gradually making its way, if I could say two things, the first would be to cherish present moments. I don’t want to sound like a Hallmark card or a cliche but, “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift and that’s why it’s called present.” Less than a year ago, my first grandfather passed away from an illness. Now because we grew up far away from him we never really got a chance to get to know him as our grandfather but more importantly as a person. To be honest, his death affected me more than I anticipated. I always expected on going back to the Philippines (specifically at Bohol) and being able to visit and spend time with our family there. I could beat myself up and continuously say that I should have called more, visited sooner or put more effort in developing a strong relationship with him. Although, that wouldn’t change or help the situation. I chose to learn from it. Ergo, the second thing I would say is to not make plans and just do it. Granted, for some instances you need to make plans. What I mean by that is, to not look too far ahead. Life will assert itself into your plans and when it does what will you do? Have goals and aspire to do something; be something and go somewhere.

I’m going to add a third and final comment and that is to expect less and hope more. Going along with the first two things, I’ve learned to expect less or really to have no expectations but not because of something cynical like ‘I’m just going to be disappointed anyway’. I find that when I don’t have any expectations I appreciate things and people a lot more. Perhaps it’s because I find that when I or someone do something it’s because they genuinely want to do it not because they have to. Having that desire, to me, is more important than the act itself. It involves thought and action.

If you could say two things, what will they be?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! 🙂