Thursday, December 29, 2011


I finally figured out how to make these. I went through a lot of raw latkes and zucchini fritters before this. The key is oil. Use a lot of it just like the tradition goes. I used seven tablespoons of canola oil initially and then added more when I started running out.

My latke guests


This is another one of those 'never again' projects. This dough is impossible to work with. Note the patchwork in the second picture.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


 Periodically throughout my life something happens that makes me think the same particular three things. This is due to the fact I am lazy and something like this for someone like me is of the same magnitude as becoming the next president or discovering the moon for a regular person in terms of achievement. The three things are:
  • I cannot believe I did this 
  • I cannot believe it actually worked out as planned 
  • I do not think I will ever do this again
These are the thoughts that go thorough my mind when I look at the above photo. This is Napoleon. The king of Russian homemade deserts. My maternal grandmother used to make this. I cannot remember the cake very well in terms of taste although I imagine it was out of this world but what I do remember is the layers. They used to have huge air bubbles on them and seemed somewhat odd to my five-year-old self. What can I say 35 years later, when I made this for the first time my layers looked exactly the same way.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Ties

Christmas ties at Macy's ... for lack of a better topic