Monday, December 13, 2010

Taste the rainbow.

This past weekend saw some colorful highlights in the Land of Food. Starting with Friday:

Raw ground beef? Not quite... Beet, Carrot, Onion & Potato Latkes!

I saw this dish on a holiday episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate and since we had the ingredients on hand, I decided we should give it a shot. I wouldn't say it was the best thing I ever ate, but it was okay.

I liked my latkes with applesauce the most. We also tried sour cream and horseradish. Doug liked a mix of both horseradish and applesauce the best. A fun experiment, but in retrospect, it was a lot of work for not necessarily the best result. We still want to try making traditional potato-only latkes though. I've come to love beets, but I just wasn't feeling them in this particular application.

Saturday ended up being a baking day. We were invited to a holiday party that evening and wanted to share some sweet bites:

I made Green Tea Sweets. I bought some matcha powder a couple of weeks ago and while I love drinking it, I thought it would be fun to try cooking with it too. I didn't have a leaf-shaped cookie cutter, so I improvised with a palm-tree cutter instead.

These turned out pretty good! They weren't overly sweet and there was just enough sugar in the mix to cut through the bitterness of the tea leaves. They seemed to be a hit at the party, so I think a repeat batch is in order.

Doug also did some baking and made some Snowball cookies:

He jazzed up the recipe by adding vanilla extract and orange zest. Great additions, especially the orange flavor!

After partying a little too hardy Saturday night, Sunday morning demanded a good hangover breakfast:

Diner-style, but made at home. Two corn tortillas, Doug's hashbrowns, scrambled egg whites plus one whole egg, one chopped up turkey sausage patty, fat-free shredded cheddar and some green chile sauce that Doug threw together.


So, so delicious. And way healthier and cheaper than going out to breakfast.

That concludes our weekend in food. Hope everyone has a great week!


Mo Diva said...

Don't you LOVE best thign I ever ate??? its like the best source for inspiratioN! loves it!
I have never had a latke but I really wanna try one! (might have missed the boat on that one huh... tee hee

Tamara said...

Yeah, Best Thing... is one of my favorite shows. We watch it every week! Total food porn.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh that combo for the latkes sounds fabu, too bad it really wasn't the best thing you ever ate lol.

Those green tea cookies turned out super cute, I wanna give them a go! I've never had a green tea cookie but it can't be bad, right?