We were fairly dormant over the summer. Well there’s a good reason. I got married for one and then it was a matter of finding the right artists that worked in our schedules. Ironically enough, the first session of the summer was on the first day of Fall. But I digress. This is about delicious Latke Waffles, smiles, and good music as opposed to excuses for hosting a summer concert series in the fall.
The week prior to this session, I went to see Kishi Bashi at Irving Plaza and happen to get there early to catch Elizabeth & The Catapult and was blown away. As it turns out, about 30 minutes into cooking, Elizabeth and I realized we had met 4 or 5 years ago at a mutual friend’s loft party where she was singing in an unrehearsed impromptu Talking Heads cover band.
What exactly are Latke Waffles? Well exactly what you’d think…a potato pancake made in a waffle iron. But there’s more. To top the waffles, I made my bourbon apple sauce (RECIPE HERE).
Now’s the bigger question: how’s it made?
Ingredients (to make two)
1/2 cup grated potatoes
1/8 cup grated onion
2-4 chopped garlic peels (depending on preference)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/8 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp oil
Butter for greasing the waffle iron
- Before you start, turn on the waffle iron. If you can set the heat, I would put it somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 of the max heat
- After grating the onions and potatoes, make sure to grain out as much water as possible and place into a mixing bowl
- Chopped the garlic and place into the same mixing bowl
- Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pepper
- Add the milk, maple syrup, oil to the large bowl
- Crack the egg white into a separate bowl and add the yolk to the larger bowl before beating the white until fluffy
- Add the egg whites by folding them gently into the batter. If you mix too hard, the whites will lose their fluffyness
- Once the iron is preheated, smear butter on the top and bottom of iron. Outside of butter making everything better, it’ll give it a scri
- Take a 1/2 cup measure and scoop batter into iron
- Once the buzzer for the iron goes off to indicate the waffle is ready, lightly open the iron to check the color of the waffle. Based on your preferences on how well done you like, you can keep it in another minute or take it out
- Scoop some bourbon apple sauce on top and ENJOY!
Once we had all filled our stomachs with Latke Waffles, the first band hit the “stage,” which was Modern Merchant.
They were in the small group of bands who cold emailed me to perform who I thought it’d be a great fit and would add a new sound to the list of styles and artists who have previously performed. Also, they brought an upright bass, which is just awesome.
The sound was perfect for the day. A quote from their initial email to me explains it all: “The album was recorded in the midst of Hurricane Sandy, in an old blue house deep in the woods of Connecticut.”
They have a Grizzly Bear meets At Dawn-era My Morning Jacket vibe to them. The music is simple yet complex.
Stream “Be That As It May” before and download their full set for free via NYCTaper.
Elizabeth was joined by her Catapult for the day: guitarist/keyboardist Dear Georgiana and guitarist Jonno Linden. They seem like family through their chemistry in both conversation and performance.
Elizabeth has a delicate way of being serious and fun at the same time. She can crack jokes in between songs with names like “Go Away My Lover,” but that’s the sign that she’s able to use songwriting as a cathartic tool to move past whatever is ailing her.
Stream “I Wish I Didn’t” below and download her full set for free (including an awesome cover of Dawes “When My Time Comes”) on NYCTaper.
NOTE: Eric and I should be able to finish a bunch of videos before the end of the year. Stay tuned! For now, (re)watch what we got already.