Happy Holidays everyone! It doesn’t feel like I should be saying that so early, but if the Christmas music I’ve been hearing everywhere since early November is any indication, we must be pretty darn close.
Being unemployed during the holiday season can be difficult. Going to parties and having everyone ask you what you’ve been up to is not the most fun activity, at least not for me. Sometimes I just have fun with it and make stuff up. I tell people that I’m busy writing a crime novel, or that I just interviewed for a really great job at a non profit in the city. Really anything will work just to change the subject away from me and onto more pressing issues like the latest episode of Homeland (OHMYGODYOUGUYSTHISSHOWISSOGOOOOD) or what holiday cookie I’m going to eat next.
Then there’s the whole problem of being unemployed and not having any money to buy gifts. I find this to be the most difficult because it’s always sad when people get you nice things and you have nothing to give in return. But fear not! Because you can always make homemade gifts for your friends. For instance, I love making cards. Like, love. As in, L-O-V-E. So sometimes I’ll make a really fancy card with scrap booking materials and pop-up features so that the person who isn’t receiving a material gift still knows that I care about them.
Another great way you can show people how much you care about them this holiday season is by making them food! This past Saturday was the first night of Hannukah. But whether you celebrate Hannukah or not, these latkas (otherwise known as potato pancakes) are a delicious way to show someone you care. Remember: nothing says “I love you” quite like fried potatoes!
1 (30 ounce) bag shredded frozen potatoes
1 cup finely chopped onion
salt (my mom has been trying to cut it out so we didn’t use it and it didn’t make any difference!)
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons flour
vegetable oil (for frying)
sour cream, for topping
applesauce, for topping
1. Defrost the potatoes in a colander. Press with paper towels to remove excess moisture. It’s important that the potatoes are dry because the more dry they are the crispier the latkas will be.
2. Mix in the onion, eggs, pepper, and flour. The mixture should be pretty thick.
3. Pour about ¼ inch of oil into a frying pan preferably with high sides.
4. Press about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into patties.
5. Fry for 3 minutes on each side, or until crispy and golden.
6. Let rest on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve with sour cream and applesauce.