day 4 – potato latkes

02 Jun

Mid-morning snacks included banana + blueberries + almonds, which suspiciously resembled my morning smoothie – only in whole food form.

Easy lunch = vegetable lentil soup (can you tell how huge that batch was? and I still have at least two servings in the freezer) + hot sauce + coconut milk + Kellogg’s All-Bran.


This… times 2.


After SOF workout, I dropped by my little brother’s place! Little is figurative, of course, as he is at least two feet taller than I am. :)


Alex knew just what a girl needs after a workout.


This was regular peanut butter, and I definitely noticed the difference. The peanutty goodness is still there, but it also felt very… plasticky. It spread a little too well. Of course, that’s exactly what makes it convenient.


Non-vegan chow!


Now check out those shoes! :) I brought these as a present for Alex from Amsterdam last year (where else???).


Tour of the studio…


Beauty, no?


When I came home, it was already pretty late. But, of course, I had a recipe to make. I swear, this trial is going to kill me…


Potato Latkes with Soy Garlic Sesame Sauce

[from Julia – I think the trial should be renamed to trying one new recipe every day from Julia]


  • 2 big potatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 tsp cornstarch
  • salt, pepper, oil for frying



Grate the potatoes using a fine grater. Grate the onion, add to potatoes. Add cornstarch, salt, pepper – mix well. Heat a bit of oil in the pan over medium heat. Cook like pancakes. (Scoop out on the pan, spread out to make them thinner). Makes about 5 pancakes.

For the sauce, mix:

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar (or any other)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • sesame seeds



  • I felt like I was cheating with this recipe a little, as it really resembles Russian potato pancakes, aka “draniki” – grated potatoes + egg + flour. But the sauce really made this recipe.
  • The fine grater in my house was a little too fine. The potatoes were mush, essentially. Next time, I’ll try larger grater. It also makes them prettier, when you can see individual potato flakes.



Vlad made the sauce. :)

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I’m sorry to say that these did not make it to the morning. :) The actual latkes flavour was not new, although NO EGGS and NO FLOUR. The sauce was amazing though!

I can see using this sauce on other things as well – e.g. stir fry, salad, pasta.


Leave a Reply

  1. Julia

    June 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    So, was it good? Did you like them?

    I also really liked the sauce – it was different but complimented the pancakes really well

  2. Kate

    June 4, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I did like them!!!! I liked the fact that they tasted exactly like Draniki, but without eggs or flour… That was the fun part – the taste was not new, but the ingredients were!!! The sauce – simply amazing.


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