Hash Browns

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

food painting for the vegetarian cookbook by Fiona Morgan
Easy. Chunky. Quick. Versatile.


Food painting artwork

30 x 30cm acrylic on canvas. Some time ago I experimented with a technique I'd noticed in Egon Schiele's work (warning - link NSFW). Transparent overpainting of the background. I really quite like it. Last time I toyed with white over black. This time I'm toying with chromatic black over gold.

And the theme this time? OK, suspend belief now - a potato moon in an alien sky. Yes, rather surreal. This is probably from watching too many cartoons and wacky anime. It's a surreal SciFi theme. At least I avoided adding any giant robots which seems to be de rigueur for anime.

By the way, all the food painting artwork is available to own in the Official Art Store.


The meatless meals recipe

There was a time when the only hash browns I had tried were the ones out at cafes that had actually come out of a packet and always seemed to ooze oil.  I was never impressed. And then there was a week (or was it two or three? I think I have deliberately erased that memory) where I found myself living on potatoes. Potato salads, baked potatoes, mash, potato gratin. Every meal. Desperate for some sort of a change I tried homemade hash browns. Converted!

This recipe can also be used to make many kinds of vege fritters. In hash browns the starch in the potato holds it all together. For other vegetables, a tablespoon of milk is often all you need to add as a binder. If you're worried, add an egg too.

1/3 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 shakes pepper
1 cup grated potato (roughly one medium to large potato)

Mix flour and seasonings in a bowl.
Then mix in the potato.
Divide the mix into 4.
Pat into balls then squash out as thin as possible (aim for 10cm diametre).  It may be easiest to squash them out in the pan.
Fry fairly hot in lots of butter for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown and delicious looking.

Makes 4.


More vegetarian cookbook goodies

Need help with conversions? Download this handy dandy pdf of cooking conversion charts for every cooking measuring system I could find. It should make your life easier.

Want to check out more vegetarian dinner recipes? They're all in the Table of Contents.

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