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#1 daunce lynam

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:27 PM

I grew up despising the lumpy blue-tinged inevitability I knew as the potato, but I have since learned to appreciate this useful though tragedy-tainted vegetable. I still don't like it in soups or chowders or in recipes except cheese-scalloped, but qua potato here is my top 5:

 

1. Baked, lotsa butter

 

2. New potatoes boiled

 

3. Mashed all to hell without even microscopic lumps

 

4. Fries very thin and non-potatoey, no gravy or ketchup

 

That's it. I know I said 5, sorry.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

Oh, Carol, the pain of growing up spuddy in Nova Scotia  New Brunswick, all monoculture, scabby russets and lumpy grey mush. 

 

As you may or may not know, Bolivians love potatoes -- and they grow some of the oddest native varieties. Here is just a sample, from the website Ode to Capitalism ...

 

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I recommend to you the Bolivian 'black' potato -- the one that looks a trifle more scatological than the others. It is said to have  a crisp buttery flavour. Baked until the black skin turns brown, then crushed with a fork under a load of salted butter.  Sort of what Obama might taste like fresh off the pyre ...

 

That said, until you have tried my latkes, you have not tasted the glory of potato.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:21 PM

No hash browns? Home fries? German potato salad? Dumplings (also German).

What's the point of this thread? It sounds like something Comrade Sonia would come up with. Or no, she's almost exclusively fixated on bacon, never mind.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

Oh, Carol, the pain of growing up spuddy in Nova Scotia, all monoculture, scabby russets and lumpy grey mush. 

 

As you may or may not know, Bolivians love potatoes -- and they grow some of the oddest native varieties. Here is just a sample, from the website Ode to Capitalism ...

 

potatoes.jpg

 

I recommend to you the Bolivian 'black' potato -- the one that looks a trifle more scatological than than the others. It is said to have  a crisp buttery flavour. Baked until the black skin turns brown, then crushed with a fork under a load of salted butter.  Sort of what Obama might taste like fresh off the pyre ...

 

That said, until you have tried my latkes, you have not tasted the glory of potato.

I forgot latkes. I have nothing against potato flour. May I say that when I clicked on your biscuits on the other thread, I could smell them. Divine.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

No hash browns? Home fries? German potato salad? Dumplings (also German).

What's the point of this thread? It sounds like something Comrade Sonia would come up with. Or no, she's almost exclusively fixated on bacon, never mind.

NO. no hash browns or home fries, I hate potato salad...dumplings are other. What do you mean point? This is the Kitchen for galtsakes. Maybe I am trying to work out my feelings about Ma's relentless nutritionism vs. her rigid frugality , unleavened by any cooking talents, and its effects on my fragile childhood psyche...you insensitive brute.

 

If poor Sonia is fixated on bacon I hope it is Canadian bacon, she might still be saved.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

Bill, I have looked again and a lot of those rooters resemble what Uncle Leonard occasionally brought us from his farm. I had no idea he was so experimental.  They all tasted the same when cooked however.

 

Nova Scotia is not New Brunswick! Ten lashes with the Cat-o-Nine-Dulse for you.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

I grew up despising the lumpy blue-tinged inevitability I knew as the potato, but I have since learned to appreciate this useful though tragedy-tainted vegetable. I still don't like it in soups or chowders or in recipes except cheese-scalloped, but qua potato here is my top 5:

 

1. Baked, lotsa butter

 

2. New potatoes boiled

 

3. Mashed all to hell without even microscopic lumps

 

4. Fries very thin and non-potatoey, no gravy or ketchup

 

That's it. I know I said 5, sorry.

Roast (soft and crisp) plus Yorkshire pud.

 

Rosti

 

Mash mash mash plus anything - spring onion, cayenne, garlic, and don't hold the butter.

 

Indian-style with turmeric.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

I grew up despising the lumpy blue-tinged inevitability I knew as the potato, but I have since learned to appreciate this useful though tragedy-tainted vegetable. I still don't like it in soups or chowders or in recipes except cheese-scalloped, but qua potato here is my top 5:

 

1. Baked, lotsa butter

 

2. New potatoes boiled

 

3. Mashed all to hell without even microscopic lumps

 

4. Fries very thin and non-potatoey, no gravy or ketchup

 

That's it. I know I said 5, sorry.

Roast (soft and crisp) plus Yorkshire pud.

 

Rosti

 

Mash mash mash plus anything - spring onion, cayenne, garlic, and don't hold the butter.

 

Indian-style with turmeric.

O yes--roast,compliant with chcken or beef-----bread sauce and Yorkshired pud forever.----



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

[Quoting Carol's number 3. Mashed all to hell without even microscopic lumps]

 

 

 

Mash mash mash plus anything - spring onion, cayenne, garlic, and don't hold the butter.

 

 

O yes--roast,compliant with chcken or beef-----bread sauce and Yorkshired pud forever.----

 

Rgghh.   I will issue myself a potato challenge (or as it would be said in Charlottetown, a budayduh challenge). I will take plain mashed potatoes inside a pastry shell and make it something other than a knish. 

 

You know what a knish is, dontcha? Ya just put potatoes and bread together and let them kiss ...


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:11 AM

 I hate potato salad...

 

Well, Ninth did say German potato salad, which really isn't like other potato salads at all. Yum.

 

My list:

 

1. Loaded baked potato.

2. Chili cheese fries.

3. Potato oles bravo.

4. Lefse.

5. Ruffles with spinach dip.

 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:53 AM

Baked.  I prefer Idaho potatoes,  baked so that the skin is a bit hard and crusty.  Mix the inside starch with yogurt and you have a good side dish.

 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

Baked.  I prefer Idaho potatoes,  baked so that the skin is a bit hard and crusty.  Mix the inside starch with yogurt and you have a good side dish.

 

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Weird. I was expecting a scientific answer from you. Like, raw potatoes because they contain the most nutrients, or 328 gram Russets because they make the best potato batteries.

 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

I have been maligning my poor mother, who baked such sublime cookies and biscuits as bribes for eating the Things. Her potatoes were Julia Child's compared to what they served us at summer camp. It was a church camp so I guess the food was our penance for the fun we had.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

Give me some of your tots!

 



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

Altogether now, stomp, stomp, stomp! "I'm Bud the Spud..."



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

Baked.  I prefer Idaho potatoes,  baked so that the skin is a bit hard and crusty.  Mix the inside starch with yogurt and you have a good side dish.

 

Ba'al Chatzaf

 

Weird. I was expecting a scientific answer from you. Like, raw potatoes because they contain the most nutrients, or 328 gram Russets because they make the best potato batteries.

 

J

Raw potatoes taste like dreck.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:58 PM

 

Baked.  I prefer Idaho potatoes,  baked so that the skin is a bit hard and crusty.  Mix the inside starch with yogurt and you have a good side dish.

 

Ba'al Chatzaf

 

Weird. I was expecting a scientific answer from you. Like, raw potatoes because they contain the most nutrients, or 328 gram Russets because they make the best potato batteries.

 

J

Raw potatoes taste like dreck.

Yes they do, but not much better than cooked ones in  my experience.



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

Favorite recipe is pommes paillason (hashbrowns) in Richard Olney's Simple French Food.  It's folded into the narrative rather than broken out as a recipe, but look in the potato section.

 

The technical stuff about rinsing and squeezing dry is important.  No need to peel them.  Be generous with the fat, and get it really hot before you add the potatoes.   Baking and boiling varieties are equally good.  He specifies butter which I've never used; olive oil, vegetable oil and duck fat are all good.  Consider adding finely minced onions, garlic, scallions or herbs.



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:58 PM


J

Raw potatoes taste like dreck.

Yes they do, but not much better than cooked ones in  my experience.

You should get out more.  


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