Guest Post: Sandra's Easy Potato & Onion Cakes w/ Beetroot Relish

I am beyond ecstatic to introduce my first guest blogger on Free Spirit Eater! Whoo hoo! I have been waiting for the right guest poster on this humble little blog and am excited to introduce my fellow food blogger, friend, and one of the sweetest people I have ever encountered over the web in the fabulous world of food blogging, Sandra from Sandra's Easy Cooking! I have been a huge fan of hers since I first joined FoodBuzz and she has been one of my biggest supporters and greatest inspirations for wanting to better myself as a food blogger. Her recipes are just as creative as they are mouth watering. When you're done reading this post, please check out her VERY popular website Sandra's Easy Cooking for easy and delicious recipes that the whole family will enjoy, and let her know I sent ya ; )


Hello Free Spirit Eater Readers,

I am so honored to be here and share my recipe with you all. Kym asked me to guest post and I was extremely happy that I have an opportunity to be here today. Now you have to agree that she is such a sweet girl and very talented writer, cook and blogger..and on top of all free spirit as her blog's name stating. I could imagine just chatting with her all day long about recipes and other things since I am really open minded and free spirited in her blog name caught my eye right away!

Now let me introduce myself in a few sentences..I am a mom of three, 11 and 5 year old boys, and an 8 year old girl, married to a lovely, sweet and supportive husband;
I am a food blogger, writer, self-taught photographer and chef, cookbook author and loyal “like a dog” friend.
I am also a stay at home mom, with a “work, when I want” schedule...I love lazy Sundays and easy recipes. That is me!!!:))

Kym requested a healthy and seasonal recipe, but I took another direction and made all season comfort food, I am sorry Kym! Since my kids are on a Fall Break I made a late breakfast for them, and they love pickled beets, so combination of two..well, let's call it balancing each other very well.
The taste of fried onion, potato cakes and pickled beetroot is amazing. I had no idea those two would work so well but they do and I hope that you all try it one day!

Serves 4

3 potatoes, shredded
½ onion, shredded
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ Tbs. Salt (or to taste)
1 egg
½ Tbs. Ground Black Pepper
pinch of baking soda
about 1-2 cups of water


  1. Mix all the ingredients well to combine.
  2. Batter needs to be like pancake batter but a bit thicker and of course chunky because of the potatoes and onions.
  3. Use about 1 cup of any oil on hand and make it hot.
  4. Grab the batter with a big (soup)spoon and drop in the hot oil-when the oil is hot turn the heat down a bit.
  5. Fry for about 3 minutes on each side, or until the outside of the cakes is golden brown.
  6. Take them out and drain on a paper towel.
  7. Eat hot, with this salad on the side or you can also use sour cream, cream cheese or any of your favorite cheeses.

Beetroot is very healthy, and I know it does lose half of the nutrition once it is cooked however it's very delicious and a simple salad.
  1. Peel the beets and cook in a salted (2 Tbs.salt) water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Then put 1 cup of vinegar, and let it boil until the beets are tender about 40 more minutes.
  3. Take them out of the water and cut into slices.
  4. Place them in the air-tight container, then add water on top and a few sprigs of dill. Cover and place it in the fridge.
  5. Serve cold with a few drops of olive oil and serve with dill.
I ran out of the dill, and do apologize for that, I used parsley for the garnish. However Dill will give you a wonderful and pleasant aroma, but you can cook it without it too!

Bon Appetite!

Thank you Kym for inviting me to guest was pleasure talking to you and honor doing your first guest post!!!



  1. Kym, what a great guest post and for picking Sandra - I can identify needing simple, delicious dishes like this to keep the family happy and love all of her recipes and photos. Sandra - adore the beetroot accompaniment to the crispy cakes. Wonderful! Great job, ladies.

  2. Thanks so much Jill! I'm really glad you like the post, breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day but it's always refreshing to get new meal ideas to kick up a boring breakfast. Have a good one =]

  3. You are so sweet for the intro..I am blushing :)) Thank so much for inviting me today to guest post..I loved talking to you!!!!

  4. Oh, yum! That sounds wonderful! I don't suppose you have a vegan version of the potato cakes? My daughter is vegan and really misses a good potato pancake. ,-)

  5. Kym, what a wonderful guest post & first guest!!! I am a big fan of Sandra's kitchen creations, her dishes are always yummie and easy to make, and I so agree with you- she is one of the sweetest blogger friends one can imagine! These Easy Potato & Onion Cakes with Beetroot Relish look fantastic!
    You both did a wonderful job, ladies!

  6. You did pick a great foodie to do this guest post. She has an awesome blog and is a real kitchen guru, always coming up with something unique and tasty. This dish is one of the same-a great pairing-toasty potato cakes and the vinegary beetroot. Well done!

  7. Oh, how fun to find Sandra here! Great choice for your first guest blogger :)

    And Sandra, what fabulous potato crispy and perfect. And I love beets, so the lovely beet relish looks just as amazing!

    Thank you, both!!! xo

  8. Sort of an onion flavored hash brown. Nice.

  9. Absolutely delicious, Sandra! Thanks for sharing such a delicious comfort recipe!

  10. Kym thank you so much for inviting Sandra to your blog. She is such a sweet person and an amazing blogger. Love this recipe and the pictures are awesome as always.

  11. Hi Sandra!
    Nice to see you here. Your potato pancakes look so good, especially with the pickled beet salad, simple and delicious.

    Kym, A great guest blogger, especially for your first one!

  12. Sandra is very supportive isn't she?! She just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  13. Woo! Great pick for a guest blogger, Kym! And what a great recipe, Sandra!!

  14. I'm over from Sandra's blog and I have to say, I love yours! I will be back!

  15. Hi Kym! What a great guest blogger to choose for your first guest post! Sandra, I love your recipes and thanks for sharing! I'll try with your potato onion cake first then pickled beets... delicious as always!

  16. Sounds really nummy and I love the beetroot relish!

  17. Those potato and onion cakes look delicious.

    Sorry, not much for beets though, no matter how many times my mother tried to make me eat them!

  18. Lovely guest post and awesome recipe! Hope this is the first of many :)

  19. Great guest post and what a healthy meal. The beets are so colorful, and the potato cakes cooked to perfection. Delish!

  20. The potato onion cakes with beet relish make a delicious pairing - your kids are young gourmands, Sandra!

    Nice meeting you Kym - you could not have picked a better first guest blogger :)

  21. This looks so good! So glad to have found your blog through Sandra's. Isn't she the sweetest?!

  22. Fantastic guest post, ladies! This is definitely a must-try for my family who loves potato and onions too much! ;)
    Enjoy your weekend!

  23. Potatoes and onions-- two of my favorite ingredients in the world. Those cakes look positively mouthwatering. Great guest post!

  24. Very nice simple recipe, inviting with simple ingredients ,Thanks for your post!


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