Saturday, February 11, 2006

Sunny brunch: Bill Granger's potato & feta pancakes

After couple of bright and sunny mornings in Edinburgh, today was positively miserable. The sky was overcast - a starck contrast to the blue morning skies earlier this week. It was drizzling with very wet rain. It was cooooooold. Dreich, as the Scots would say. The only way I could get myself to wake up on a morning like this was to drag myself out of my bed, and head for a caffeine kick at a nearby cafe. It helped - a lot actually. Before I headed out though, I leafed through bills Sydney food, just to remind myself that there are places in the world that are always sunny, whatever the season.. Oh, and pick a recipe idea for brunch.

One latte, almond croissant and morning papers later, I was back in my kitchen. It was still drizzling outside, the rain ferociously beating at my window. But it didn't matter as much anymore. I was grating potatoes, mincing spring onions and crumbling feta cheese, trying out an Australian (= sunny) recipe for a Greek (= sunny) dish. On the menu:

Potato and feta pancakes
Adapted from Bills Sydney Food by Bill Granger*

500 grams potatoes, peeled and grated
5 spring onions, white parts only, chopped
2 eggs
2 tsp dried mint
2 Tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley
100 grams feta cheese, crumbled
4 Tbsp plain flour
salt and black pepper

Vegetable oil for frying.

Mix the grated potatoes and chopped onions with a pinch of salt, put into a colander to drain for 15 minutes.
Beat the eggs lightly in a bowl, add the herbs, feta cheese and flour. Squeeze the excess moisture from the potatoes and add to the egg mixture. Season and mix to combine.
Heat a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Take 1 Tbsp of mixture and dip into the hot oil, press to flatten. Fry on both sided on a medium-low heat until golden brown (if the heat is too high, your pancakes will brown before the potato is cooked).

Think of this as a Greek version of the British brunch staple hash brown, with herbs and salty speckles of feta cheese. Just a bit brighter and warmer and sunnier..

* Bill's recipe included 1 small onion, 2 Tbsp of mint, and parsley to serve.


Roxy said...

Thank God we're back to real food, instead of that baby one!

Laura said...

oh this sounds wonderful -- of course, most things with feta in them are, I've found. I'll definately be trying this, thanks for sharing!

Pene said...

They look delicious - but please don't say they are like "hash browns". The commercially made ones are nice but just aren't anything like what I've eaten at a traditional American pancake restaurant in NH. They look more like potatoe latkes or fritters.

Alanna said...

Congrats on the cross-country gold!

chili&vanilia said...

Hi Pille,
I like your taste! This again sounds soo good. I'm getting hungry..

sha said...

can i make you jealous??
pls let me

i saw camomille flowers cherry bloosoms
i have spending time at cafe sitting outside
and its

SUNNY......come we will have a feta tasting....

1) hungry self
2) good appetite
3) sunglasses

Zarah Maria said...

Lovely, thanks for the reminder Pille - I've made these before too, and I have a girls-only brunch coming up this Sunday - these would be perfect!

Pille said...

Roxy - I protest - the rice & chocolate pudding was anything but a baby food!!! Give it a try!

Laura - I agree. I've really come to like this cheese over the last few years.

Pene - I do think they'd make quite a nice replacement for the hash browns you get served as part of the British fry-up. Have never been to the States, so can't compare with these..

AK - thank you:) Hopefully it won't be the only one!!!

Zsofi - maybe we share a Finno-Ugric culinary gene?! :)

Sha - this is so unfair. It's still rather wet over here, and you're telling me about chamomile & cherry blossoms in Athens!? And drinking coffee on the street as opposed to hiding yourself inside a cafe so as to avoid the chill of the street?
I'll contact you about the June feta tasting soon!

Zarah Maria - these would be perfect for brunch, especially if you also make his sweetcorn fritters, no?