the appetizer:

Eat locally AND seasonally with Eat Feed Autumn Winter by Anne Bramley, including recipes like Honey-Ginger Carrot Parsnip Latkes with Crème Fraîche; Parsnip Soufflés; and Venison with Cranberry-Port Relish.



Honey-Ginger Carrot Parsnip Latkes
with Crème Fraîche

Makes 22-24 latkes

Honey-Ginger Carrot Parsnip Latkes


In the tradition of reviving the old as new, these latkes trade in the old New World tuber—the potato—for the new Old World tuber—the parsnip.

  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 pound parsnips
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Crème fraîche

Grate the carrots and parsnips on a box grater or in a food processor. Put in a dish towel and squeeze to remove water.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, salt, and ginger. Stir in the grated vegetables. Drizzle with the honey and stir to combine.

Pour oil to depth of 1/8 inch in a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Drop the vegetable mixture by serving-spoonfuls (about 3 tablespoons) into 3-1/2-inch discs. Fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with dollops of crème fraîche on top.

The Great Fry-Up

As with every holiday, the story of Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is a cultural tale with far more details and complexity than is usually told and I always hesitate to truncate it again. The key element for culinarians today is the oil and the tradition of fried foods that follows from it. In a nutshell, the 8-day holiday celebrates the Maccabees' victory over the Syrians when the temple was rededicated. Though only enough oil remained to burn for one night, the supply miraculously lasted 8 nights. Hence the tradition of the menorah and of fried foods.

  • from:
    Eat Feed Autumn Winter
  • by Anne Bramley
  • Stewart Tabori & Chang, 2008
  • 224 pages; hardcover; $35.00 U.S.; $39.00 Canada
  • ISBN-10: 1584797193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58479-719-7
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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