Simple Gluten Free Latke Recipe for Hanukkah

gluten free latke recipe

Latkes. Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t like latkes?! I hope not, as they are missing out on life (and obviously some taste buds). I love to make latkes around Hanukkah for lunch or a side with dinner. Yesterday we had them for our lunch with some apple sauce (just tinned apple mushed up), and some sour cream mixed with horseradish. Yum!

While I’m on the mend after my surgery, I’m not doing much cooking, or much… anything, but I can still make this gluten free latke recipe! Just grate some potato, fry it off, and you’re more of less done. ;-)
gluten-free latkes recipe

This gluten free latke recipe is a basic recipe, so you can pimp them out however you want (in the past I have done sweet potato, carrot and jalepeno ones – they were relish!!).

Gluten-Free Latkes
Serves 3
Delicious, simple and easy to make latkes for Hanukkah. These are gluten free, and fried in coconut oil for extra love. ;-)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 4 or 5 medium potatoes
  2. 2 small onions
  3. ⅓ cup quinoa flour
  4. 2 eggs
  5. salt and pepper
  6. coconut oil for frying
  1. Peel and grate your potatoes. Squeeze out any moisture from the potato and put the potato into a bowl.
  2. VERY finely slice two small onions (almost transparent!), and add them to the potato.
  3. Add the flour, eggs, and season with salt and pepper. Mix together thoroughly.
  4. Add a liberal amount of coconut oil* to a heavy based frying pan and heat it so that it bubbles if anything is put in it.
  5. Add spoonfuls of the latke mix to the oil and spread them out so that they form a disc**. Leave them to cook so they're nice and brown. Only turn them once.
  6. Once both sides are cooked, place them on a paper towel to soak up any extra oil, and season again with salt and pepper. Continue cooking more latkes until they are all done!
  7. Serve with your favourite sauces - we had apple sauce, and a sour cream and horseradish mix. :)
  1. *You can fry this is whatever oil you want. Coconut oil is good for high temperatures, and is a healthy oil, which is why we use it. We're also pretty used to the taste! In the past I have fried them in olive oil, and vegetable oil.
  2. **When you spread your latkes out in the pan, spread them quite thin so that they cook evenly and quickly and aren't dough-y in the middle.
  3. If you don't want to make this gluten free just use regular flour.
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365 Days of Eli {Film Friday}

365 photo a day project

Eli’s last photo – his last day of being zero. xo

So even though I have been slack, slack, slack at sharing Eli’s 365 project on this blog I have actually been doing it, and I am actually so happy to be finished now that he is ONE!

Here is the completed project:



Sunshine Coast Family Video Portraits – Special Offer

Making films for people is such a joy, honour and exciting experience. I love capturing those little moments that photos just… can’t. Everything from your children’s smiles, or their laugh, to the way your husband holds your hand. So special, and so worth having a video made to capture them!

The family video portraits I make are designed to capture the life of your family, and all the beauty within it. I have a special offer (great for Christmas or Hanukkah gifts!!) till the end of December – 25% off!! Eek! I’m not sure if this makes me a bit crazy, but I seriously want to give more people the opportunity to have videos made of their families. :)


Booking has to be made before December 31st.

Booking has to be for a session between Jan 1st 2015 and April 10th 2015.

Email me for details:

Recovering from Thyroid Surgery (a hemi-thyroidectomy)

Just out of surgery - in the recovery room. Cuddles with my babies in the afternoon after thyroid surgery The wound from the semi-thyroidectomy breastfeeding in the afternoon after surgery that morning

I’m 27 years old and 3 days ago I had a hemi thyroidectomy, which is a big scary word for having half your thyroid removed. I wrote the other day about how I was trying to prepare myself for the surgery, and now that I’m on the other side, I can share what it was actually like now that I’ve recovering from thyroid surgery!

I’ve recorded a bit of a vlog about it, as sometimes it’s easier to talk these things through rather than right them (and it would be a super long blog post if I wrote it all out!). It’s 10 minutes long, so sorry about that!! Ha!



What I didn’t get time to say was that Luke came to see me pretty soon after I came out of surgery, and left the boys with my parents as I didn’t feel quite up to having small children jump on me! And then he came back in the afternoon with the boys so I could feed Eli and say hello. Lior is such a sweetheart and gave me a little cuddle and was quite interested in the big mark and told me that he liked it a lot. Actually, he tells me that regularly, ever day since then! Eli was super glad to see me too obviously, and happy to have some milk.

Luke said the night without me went better than expected. At one point Eli was almost hysterical and he just whispered in Eli’s ear that mummy wasn’t here, and that he was sorry about that, and apparently Eli just stopped crying! He had a few wakeups, but they survived. Phew! Lior had to call me before he went to bed because he missed me, and that was really lovely. I love that he is getting older and we could have a proper conversation on the phone! So exciting!

I got to go home the next morning, which is pretty swift, and Luke had the Tuesday off work as well, so he took good care of me. He has had to take leave without pay for Wednesday as he has run out of sick days, and I am really not able to look after the boys by myself. That is my only disappointment with the whole thing – I feel like no one really spoke to me about what kind of help I might need, or time off “work” I might need (as in, someone with me to look after my kids) when you’re recovering from thyroid surgery. Most of what I knew or expected was because of talking to other people who have had thyroidectomies, and that was a bit frustrating. I had been warned about possibly feeling very hypothyroid-ish, but so far that hasn’t happened. I actually feel really good, it’s just the pain of the actual wound that is bothersome. That pain decreases every day though, so that’s good. Except when I sneeze or cough. I just did that, and man it hurts now!

Top 8 Crafts for Hanukkah

I am loving all these excellent crafty ideas! Last Hanukkah I didn’t do much crafty stuff because I was in labour with Eli/giving birth to Eli/looking after a VERY new Eli, and this year I am recovering from thyroid surgery, so I won’t be doing too many crafts for Hanukkah. Hopefully next year I can get some things going!

Follow Talia Carbis’s board Hanukkah on Pinterest.

Here are some crafts for Hanukkah I want to try if I feel up to it (one for each night of Hanukkah!!):

DIY Felt Dreidel for Hanukkah crafts

DIY Felt Dreidel from Martha Stewart


Colouring in page for Hanukkah

Hanukkah Colouring In Printable from Crayola


DIY candle stamp (video) for Hanukkah crafts

DIY Candle Stamp (video tutorial) from And Sew We Craft


DIY Hanukkah crafts - toilet roll candles

DIY Hanukkah Menorah from toilet rolls from Joyful Jewish


DIY stained glass for Hanukkah

Hanukkah Stained Glass Windows from Matzo Soup (link no longer available)


DIY paddle pop crafts for Hanukkah

DIY Hanukkah Menorahs made out of paddle pop sticks from Kids Fun Craft (I can’t find the original blog post – sorry!)


DIY Toddler craft - holiday stars for Hanukkah

Toddler Friendly Hanukkah stars garland from And Sew We Craft


DIY surprise paper dreidel packages for Hanukkah craftsDIY Paper Gelt Pouch from Sucre and Spice



Hanukkah Etsy Treasury 2014

Hey! It’s Hanukkah tonight! Yeah!

We have our beautiful Hanukah Menorah which we bought in Jerusalem last year displayed by the window, and we’re excited to light the first candle tonight! I’ve been making a treasury over on Etsy, and man oh man, people make such beautiful things!! Here are a few of my favourites (lets choose 8 because… Hanukkah!). You can view the full treasury here:

Menorasaurus Rex for Hanukkah on etsy

Menorasaurus Rex for Hanukkah on etsy by TheVanillaStudio


Hanukkah kids bib on etsy

Hanukkah kids bib on etsy by KrisKidsCreations


Hanukkah menorah earings on etsy

Hanukkah menorah earings on etsy by Salshelima


Happy Hanukkah bunting on etsy

Happy Hanukkah bunting on etsy by IchabodsImagination


Hanukkah print on etsy

Hanukkah print on etsy by lovingLeighYours


Wooden dreidel on etsy

Wooden dreidel on etsy by Toolpaw


Hanukkah cootie catcher on etsy

Hanukkah cootie catcher on etsy by DesignsByTenisha


Hanukkah dreidel charm pendant on etsy

Hanukkah dreidel charm pendant on etsy by JustEnjoyYourJewel



Ceramic Hanukkah menorah earings

Ceramic Hanukkah menorah earnings by HolidayJewelryDesign


(I have these and they’re my FAVOURITE earnings! They’re big – but not too big – and really well made. I wish I could wear them more often!!)

Preparing for Thyroid Surgery

Large goiter on thyroid in 27 year old

Two nights ago I shared on this news on Instagram and Facebook, but I haven’t shared it here yet, and so it deserves a mention:

On Monday I am going in for surgery to have the goiter on my thyroid, and half my thyroid removed. It’s not a complicated operation but because of what is near the thyroid it is a serious operation. 

I would greatly appreciate your prayers/support/kind words as I go into surgery first thing Monday morning. Xo

It’s been an interesting journey to get to this point, and I will share more of those details at al after point. But right now, I’m preparing for thyroid surgery tomorrow morning. I have never had any sort of  big medical procedure like this done before – never had a general anaesthetic, never even broken a bone, so I do feel a bit… unknowing (which is not a good feeling for a control freak like me!). I have been for my pre-op appointment at the hospital, and the anaesthesiologist has walked me through what the procedure will be like from my perspective. This was really helpful, and has calmed some of my nervousness. I guess my only unknown thing left is how I will feel, and how my recovery will be afterwards. There is the aspect of recovering from the surgery, but there is also the wait while my thyroid kicks in and starts working again.

Do you have any words of wisdom for me as I venture into the unknown tomorrow?

Please share this post with anyone you know who has undergone anything like this, including preparing for thyroid surgery. I am honestly after as much advice as possible!


P.S I have scheduled some posts for the next week and a bit as I don’t know how much I will feel like writing. I am hoping to share my thoughts on the procedure and keep you updated with him I’m feeling.