Most people were confused and somewhat concerned when I dropped meat from my diet , but not Granny Annie . She saw it as an opportunity to show me a whole new world of wonderful foods and spices from her youth . Along with this spectacular food there were stories from her days working in a pre-war kosher hotel (in tiny Collingwood , Ontario!) , her farm days subsiding on turnips , and spicy soups that fed her family during the war . She told me things she never told another soul all because of something as simple as food . All old resentments vanished . During these little lessons my grandmother actually changed into something she never let the outside world see as the words flowed about not just food , but anything and everything imaginable . I hope that in her later days I gave her some of the comfort she provided me with . When I came from work to find her spirit gone , I closed her eyes .
The simple things really do matter.
Poor Man's Savoury Potoato Pancakes
1 large Sweet Potato , grated (preferably by hand. Yes it's work . Get used to it.)
2 large spuds , finely ground (yes , you can get electric here with this and the next few ingredients)
4 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 inch cube ginger
Salt , more if baking , none if frying
Ras El Hanout (you can find this in another of my blogs) , Garam Masala , or simply Paprika and Pepper .
mash these fine things together
As a binder , use as much Whole Wheat or Rye flour (yes , you can use the other kind if you must) mashed in with a fork to absorb the water and create a glorious mess . (Yes , Tyler , you can use your greasy paws)
Let the mess sit for 10 to 15 minutes while you are preheating your cooking apparatus . While a great many people use the frying method , if you are on a healthy diet or want to avoid a grease coma you can bake these in the oven on a lightly sprayed or oiled pan . (you will need to flip them to make them brown). Cooking times vary , so you will have to pay attention for the first couple of batches. (Step AWAY from the bong..)
This recipe will feed a small army and the leftovers can be frozen for a quick toaster oven snack . And don't tell your guests , but these are so healthy you could actually live off of them .