food: latkes & other delights

the other day my husband came home with an idea for smoked salmon & latkes.  because let’s face it, that shit is delicious.
i’ve never actually made a latke… and my understanding was that we’d need some sort of flour to make it hold together… but thanks to the magic of google, i managed to find a way to make it happen.

we started with some baby yellow potatoes.  in truth, larger ones would have been far easier to grate.  but you make do with what you’ve got.
so i grated about 8 to 10 of those little guys…
then in a blender (because i have no food processor – yet.) i blended 1 white onion and 4 whole potatoes.
here’s the fun part… you have ring that out and get all the moisture you can out.  so i combined the grated taters and the blended mix and hung it in a cheesecloth for about 15 minutes.  i squeezed out all the water i could, then put the mix in a bowl.
added 1 egg, salt & pepper and 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 tbsp of cornstarch and mixed.
i formed them into patties and fried them until brown in lots of butter/oil and then let them cook through in the oven on 350 for about 15 minutes while we prepped everything else.

i should have taken a latkes only picture.  they were real pretty.

then we soft poached some eggs, piled on the smoked salmon, topped with a dollop of sour cream, micro greens, green onion & capers.




i was pretty excited about the micro greens.  they make all my meals look like fancy restaurant eats.  thanks trader joe’s.

this was pretty much a perfect meal.  so many flavours and textures going on… the crunchy potato cake, the soft salmon & egg… creamy yolk & sour cream and the finishing fresh taste of the greens.
yup.  good call husband.


here’s something else i’ve been eating like it’s going out of style…

if you cut cauliflower into bit-sized pieces and toss them in olive oil, garlic salt, salt & pepper and roast it at 400 for a few minutes until they’re golden and delicious, you have one of the best snacks ever.
for all you lovers of kale chips, you should add this shit to your repertoire.