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Latkes – A Jewish Hash Brown?

Latkes RecipeServes 1 or 2 people

I had never heard of a latke until I recently watched a film that featured them as a part of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Latkes appear to come in a number of variations – the one I’ve gone for (and I hope I don’t offend anyone with this observation) is a bit like a cross between a UK and an American hash brown. 

A very simple recipe, the latke comprises a base of grated potato, shredded onion bound by beaten egg and fried in oil. Some call for flour, but I prefer it without – more potato-ey and less batter-ey. As with the humble hash brown, the trick to achieving the golden, crispy cakes of joy is to get the potato as dry as humanly possible. This can be achieved by washing the shredded potato thoroughly to remove the starch and then wringing it out in a clean tea towel until no more moisture is produced. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Ahead Mushroom Pie Filling

Mushroom pie fillingThis is a weekday meal so, by it’s nature, it has to be quick and easy. You can make the filling (or the whole pie) ahead of time if it’s easier. 

This recipe is warming and very peppery! 

If you wanted to bulk it out a bit you could add carrots (this would sweeten it) or potatoes. 

Perfect for a winter night.

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Courgette Pakora

Courgette pakoraI fancied something different for lunch but didn’t have much time so I put together some principles from a couple of different recipes and luckily came up with something that worked!! It literally takes 5 minutes to prepare and 5 minutes to cook, so perfect for a post-party snack or quick and easy lunch.

Serves: 1 hungry dude for lunch


  • 1 x courgette (grated with a cheese grater)
  • 2 tbsp garam flour
  • 1 tsp each fennel seeds and cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp each dried corriander, turmeric, hot chilli powder and cumin (yes, I love cumin)
  • Salt to taste


  • Put everything in a mixing bowl, mix it up and wait about 10 minutes for the liquid to soak out of the courgette. 
  • Your mixture should be sticky enough for you to make little round cakes. If it’s too dry add water a teaspoon at a time. If it’s too wet add more flour a teaspoon at a time.
  • Taste the mixture – add spice and seasoning until it’s to your taste.
  • Shallow fry in the oil of your choice (I used rape seed oil) for about 2.5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Skinny Cauliflower Soup

A quick, easy, low-calorie recipe.  

Serves: 6    Calories per serving:   115cal

Total yield: 2.5l

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Chicken Korma Recipe

One just for me! I have been searching for a bang-up korma recipe for some time now, I have tried a number but nothing is really making the mark. I came across this recipe today and it looks pretty good! As I’m off today for the weekend, I won’t have a chance to try it out but if I don’t record it somewhere I’ll just forget where it was!

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