Thursday, December 6, 2012

Very Berry Vegan Latkes (recipe, pareve)

Very Berry Vegan Latkes P Yield: 10-12
These are delicious for everyone but especially wonderful for those who are vegan and /or gluten intolerant!
1 cup frozen blueberries-defrosted and drained
1 cup frozen strawberries-defrosted, diced and drained
One 6 ounce banana-peeled and diced
1/3 cup coconut flakes (mine were sweetened)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Vegan margarine
Mixing bowl
Non-stick frying pan
Slotted spoon
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon margarine in frying pan over medium heat. Drop about 2 tablespoons of berry mixture from slotted spoon into pan. Press down lightly. Depending on the size of your pan, don’t cook more than four or five latkes at a time. Let them fry until you see the mixture browning on the bottom. This takes a few minutes. Slip a spatula underneath them carefully (they are somewhat fragile) and flip them over to the other side. You may need to use a small spoon to help you balance them as they flip. Fry on the other side and then gently place them on a paper towel to drain.
  3. Carefully, lift latkes on to a serving dish. Serve them with cinnamon sugar and plain yogurt, or vanilla ice cream.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Coffee Cocktails with a Heering Twist for Chanukah or Anytime!

 Cherry Herring, though a specialty liqueur made in Denmark, has become an iconic Jewish drink found at synagogue kiddushes everywhere across all denominations.  With the 2010 launch of Cherry Heering's "little sister" Coffee Heering, the brand took a turn in a more modern and culinarily creative direction.  If you're looking to try something new for your dairy Chanukah feasts, these twists on Irish Coffee will certainly offer your crowd a dessert treat that will pair beautifully with the holiday's traditional fried desserts.

Heering Coffee Egg Cream 
2 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup
2 oz Heering Coffee Liqueur
3/4 cup cold milk
3/4 cup cold seltzer

In a 12-ounce glass, stir together chocolate syrup, Heering coffee liqueur, and milk. Top with seltzer and stir. Serve immediately with straw. 

Heering Coffee Latte
1.5 oz Coffee Heering Liqueur
6-8 oz steamed milk, may use skim
Chocolate shavings, for garnish
Pour Coffee Heering into a 6-8 ox mug or glass and add Steamed Milk
Garnish with chocolate shavings

In case you want to run out and get your own bottle of Heering for your Chanukah entertaining, here is a link to a list of places in the New York Metro Area in which you can buy a bottle.