Monday, December 06, 2010

Potato pancakes can be a pain in the . . . toe

Years ago, my father stopped eating nightshade vegetables because they aggravated his gout. Fast forward some three decades or so, and this daughter of his found herself having pain in the big toe. Since I'd been on a bit of a potato-chip (potato-crisp) bing, I decided to switch from potato chips to corn (maize) tortilla chips--and the pain disappeared almost completely within days.

Remind me never to eat three potato latkes at one Chanukah kiddush again. My toe hurt so badly on Saturday night that I was glad that I don't go more than six blocks beyond our apartment without a cane. Apparently, I can eat one latke without a problem, but once I start piling them up, the pain piles on, too.

Yesterday, I behaved myself at the annual Chanukah party thrown by some old friends, and had only one latke. My toe is just fine--fine enough that I'm going to excuse myself now, because I have an Israeli folk dance session to get to.


Anonymous Woodrow/Conservadox said...

Its a bit late in Hanukah for this sort of thing, but you could try to make latkes out of corn flour or something! (I have been trying to make pupusas with corn masa - not great but edible, and I'm sure I could make them better with a little more imagination).

Tue Dec 07, 11:55:00 PM 2010  
Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

My father addressed this by peeling and cutting the potatoes and leaving them to soak in water to leach out the offending minerals and then using them.

Wed Dec 08, 10:08:00 AM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Woodrow, I might get away with making zucchini latkes, were it not for the fact that I hate to cook, and just use the frozen ones.

Reform BT, that might just work, if I could cure my kitchen-avoidance syndrome. :)

Wed Dec 08, 10:25:00 AM 2010  

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