December 1st, 2009

Latkes/Potato Pancakes Help

Hannukah is coming up and I just found out my husband’s aunt’s amazing latke recipe had not only butter in them but eggs as well. She originally assured me they were just potatoes and some spices so they were vegan but I think something got lost in the ‘vegan’ translation. So I feel kinda poisoned right now as I ate them the last two Hannukahs unknowingly.
So I wanted to try to bring my own vegan version this year. I was wondering if I could just use an egg replacer like Ener-G in her original recipe (obviously the butters easily replaced) and if anyones made latkes successfully like this or if I should just use one of the already vegan recipes out there. Hers were extremely tasty (unfortunately) so I’d like to stick as close to her original recipe as possible although if anyone else has any recipe recommendations that turned out great, I’d love them too! Thanks!

Easy Smooth Root Vegetable & Lentil Soup

For the past few days I haven't been able to eat any solid food without getting seriously nauseated. I came up with this soup to get some nourishment and it turned out so delicious, it's hard to keep from eating too much so I don't get sick!

Easy Smooth Root Vegetable & Lentil Soup

All measurements are approximate, because I never learn and write things down when I'm experimenting.

1 large or 2 small to medium russet potatoes (I suppose any kind will do, really)
1 medium onion
2 carrots
1 cup dry lentils
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
1 quart (approx.) water

-Start water heating
-Rinse lentils, clean and dice vegetables (I left the skin on the potatoes)
-Add everything to water, bring to boil
-Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are very tender
-Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender, or in food processor/blender, until smooth
-Add salt/pepper to taste and enjoy!

Makes 6-8 servings, and is excellent reheated.