new kitchen appliances, the first of the summer produce and some green latkes

new kitchen appliances, the first of the summer produce and some green latkes

My kitchen is tiny and I don’t have a lot of bench space.

If the kitchen tools are not out on the bench, in my experience they tend not to get used. So, I’ve been having a major kitchen cleanup, selling some old appliances and tools that I don’t use, and using those to fund the purchase of two new toys, a shiny red KitchenAid mixer with a couple of attachments and a Braun stick blender that can also operate as a food processor.

So far I’ve used the mixer to knead some bread and produced the best bread I’ve ever made and used the slow juicer attachment several times. I also have a pasta roller attachment so I will be experimenting with some vegan fresh pasta. That’s for later though.

Right now, the tool that has had the most use is the stick blender/food processor. I’ve made a large batch of pesto from the bounty of basil in my garden and made great latkes with 15 secs of processing.

On the latkes front I was going to make some for dinner with some kale on the side. Instead I grated up the potato, kale and some spring onions (all from the garden) 🙂 and made an all-in-one meal.

I ate them with some of the pesto and a fresh tomato salad made with the early tomatoes that are starting to appear.

And I now have acres of bench space! Well not quite…but a bit more than I did.:-)


green latkes
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cuisine: vegan
serves: 8
  • 3 medium potatoes unpeeled
  • ½ bunch kale
  • 3 spring onions
  • 2 large pinches of salt
  • 1 tbs oil
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan until smoking hot, then turn down the heat down low.
  2. Grate everything coarsely in the food processor
  3. Season with salt to taste
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of the mix into the pan
  5. Cook for 5-10 minutes over low heat
  6. Flip and cook the other side for 5-10 minutes
It is important to cook the latkes over a low heat so that the insides are cooked before the outside burns.



5 thoughts on “new kitchen appliances, the first of the summer produce and some green latkes”

  • I am tragically addicted to kitchen appliances. I have so many, and am running out of space to store them. I may need an intervention at some point. 😉
    However, a KitchenAid stand mixer is definitely a must have, and one that actually does stay out on my counter.

    • I did my own intervention! I ditched an el cheapo ice cream maker, el cheapo dehydrator, a good food processor, an ancient stick blender, a high speed blender and slow juicer. I replaced them with a Kitchen Aid with a juicer attachment and a pasta roller attachment. I bought a new stick blender that doubles as a food processor. I now have much more bench space, I don’t feel like I am missing anything vital and I get to admire the Kitchen Aid mixer every day! Do it! 🙂

  • I live in a sharehouse so there’s a bit of everyone’s stuff hanging around the kitchen. I am trying to keep to high quality versions of the things I use a lot – my two main appliances are my high speed blender and good food processor that I just got for xmas, however I definitely have some space killers like a large spiraliser and other such stuff. It’s easy to want ALL OF THE THINGS, haha. Love the latkes, I got given a massive box of rocket so think I might try something similar!

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