Thursday, December 18, 2008

Latke Recipe - Low Fat

While waiting in the doctors office I grabbed a magazine and noticed a recipe for low fat potato latkes that included 2 egg whites, 4 large potatoes, 1 T lemon juice, 2 T flour and grated onion.

The recipe stated that the batter should be placed on a regular (not thermal) cookie sheet that has been sprayed. The latkes should be baked for about 15 minutes at 475 degrees and then turned over to continue until the desired crispness is reached.

I wonder if this recipe will really works? The lemon juice is a great idea for keeping the latke batter from turning green (I have seen the use of vinegar for this purpose also).

If baking the latkes in the oven would turn out anything close to a fried latke, my husband would love them as per his diet I don't know if he remembers what potato pancakes (latkes) taste like?

He is very excited about our trying this recipe in the near future.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Getting Mom to Gain Weight

I have found a recipe that my mom of 91 years loves to eat before she goes to sleep each night. While she is visiting for the winter, I make her a homemade tapioca pudding that never fails. She loves the extra flavor that fills the kitchen. She can smell it cooking while napping too!

Here is the simple recipe for my tapioca pudding:

2 cups whole milk (I need her to gain a bit of weight or at least to stop losing weight)
3 T Minute Tapioca
3T Sugar

Let the above stand for 5 minutes in the saucepan that it will cook in and then add:

One well beaten whole egg to the mixture of the three items above (the pudding works without the addition of the egg but I feel she needs the egg in the pudding and it gives it a richer texture and color).

Next, gently stir well until the egg and milk are mixed. Once mixed, begin cooking over medium heat, watching the pudding until it continues to boil even when stirring.

After it has been at a full boil add:

1 t real Vanilla extract
Nutmeg -- use a nutmeg grater to grate nutmeg and add to mixture

Pour into serving bowls, I use two large or three small bowls.
Garnish with a bit more freshly grated nutmeg (optional).

The freshly grated pudding adds a holiday flavor to the pudding and the smells in the kitchen.
My mother enjoys eating the pudding hot and it continues to solidify if it cools. My mother had never eaten warm pudding until I made this recipe for her. In the winter months, if the pudding has been refrigerated she asks me to microwave it so that it is warm.

For fun I asked my youngest sister who uses canned nutmeg everyday, what spice I was grating and she could not guess. She was surprised at the wonderful aroma of fresh nutmeg that includes many flavors from lemon to spice!