Monday, 22 February 2016

Vegetable latke for dinner

Some days are short on hours, one deadline is chasing the other and it seems you are not quick enough for anything. Today is such a day... at work one email chased the other and it felt the more  I answered the more emails would pour in. I came late to pick up my son from kindergarten and by the time we were home I was just exhausted and tiered. But if you are a working mom (and I do not try to get your pity, just describing the reality) your day does not end here, it actually continues with far more important and funny tasks... such as cooking dinner for the family, playing with the little one, having a chat with your husband and then finally making sure the little one goes to bed, so you can have some time for you. 

And so it came me being exhausted in no mood for grocery shopping for dinner. I quickly checked what we had home, to make the dinner. There were zucchinis, carrots and potatoes a perfect combination for "Gemüseküchle" - vegetable latkes. I love them as they are quick to make, delicious and quite a hit in our family. 

We do prefer them with "quark-yogurt dip with herbs" and there is no actual need to serve meat to it. It goes quick, it taste delicious, you eat vegetables and you do not really miss the meat... Sounds great, doesn´t it? Gemüseküchle can be eaten as starter, main dish or a side dish to meat and even fish.

Gemüseküchle
makes about 8-10 latkes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 big potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tablespoon flour
  • salt, pepper, oil
Grate all the vegetables in a bowl. All the vegetables will lose some liquid, before moving to the next step, make sure you squeezed as much liquid as possible out of them (I take some amount of the grated vegetables and squeeze it in my hands). Add egg, salt, pepper and flour and mix everything quickly.
Preheat your frying pan with some tablespoons of oil on medium/high. Take some of the vegetable batter, about a tablespoon, and add it to the pan, latten the latke with the back of your spoon a little. Fry from both sides till golden brown. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 180C. Take the latkes out of the pan and put them on the baking sheet, put the latkes for 5-8 minutes into the oven.

Quark-yogurt dip:
  • quark
  • yogurt
  • salt
  • fresh herbs (dill, chives, coriander)
Mix all the ingredients together and serve to latkes...



Enjoy!

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