Friday, September 19, 2008

Simple pleasures



I plan to try most, if not all (sorry Tootie, I don't like onions!) of your suggestions and decided to start with the classic -- a simple baked potato with butter. I had it for breakfast this morning, and I am not kidding, it really did taste more potato-y than the store bought kind! I like this part of gardening, I can feel the country life sweeping me away. 'Gotta get me some overalls so I can plant more taters come spring! Or (blush) maybe not.

7 comments:

Tink *~*~* said...

Used to have an organic garden - lots and lots of work! Have you seen my recipe for compost? It's on my blog somewhere.

In the meantime, on a forum I belong to, someone posted this recipe for Oven Fries - he made them tonight and said they were delicious

Tink *~*~*

Oven Fries

This recipe is easily doubled; just use a second baking sheet so you don't crowd the fries.



2 large russet potatoes (about 1-3/4 pounds total), peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick sticks

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Fleur de sel or other coarse salt

1. Choose a pot large enough to hold the potatoes without crowding (4 to 5 quarts) and fill it with cold water. Drop the potato sticks into the water to rinse off the starch. You can immediately remove the potatoes from the water and proceed to the next step. Or if you want to prep the potato sticks in advance and roast them later in the day, you can leave them in the water. If you plan to wait more than 2 hours before roasting the fries, however, put the pot in the refrigerator.

2. Drain the potatoes, rinse well, and return them to the pot with enough cold water to cover by 1-1/2 inches. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Partially cover the pot, and bring the water to a boil over high heat. As soon as the water boils, reduce the heat to a calm boil and boil for 3 minutes. Gently drain the potatoes in a large colander and then spread them on paper towels to dry. (The potatoes can sit for up to an hour before roasting.)

3. When you're ready to roast the fries, put a baking sheet on the middle oven rack and heat the oven to 450°F. Put the potatoes in a large bowl, add the olive oil, and toss to coat the potatoes, being careful not to break the sticks. Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and arrange the potatoes on the sheet, leaving at least 1/2 inch between each. Roast, turning the fries over and rotating the baking sheet once after 15 minutes and then again every 6 to 8 minutes, until the fries are nicely browned and crisp, a total of about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with fleur de sel, toss gently, and serve immediately.

Tink *~*~* said...

Found the compost post!

http://mymobileadventures.blogspot.com/2008/07/wordless-wednesday-and-how-to-make.html

The Farmer Files said...

Much aloha from Hawaii!!!

I miss gardening! When we lived in VA I had many different vegetables, but in Hawaii we do papaya and apple bananas. Hmmm...I have never tried growing potatoes. I might try sweet potatoes.

Mahalo for stopping by my blog. I so appreciate the precious sentiments.

Snowbird said...

Sounds yummy Gail. Hey, I want to see a picture of you in those overalls. LOL

gail said...

Tink, you are so multi talented -- you keep surprising me with your varied skills and interests. I've put away the compost recipe for the next house where I can garden, and I will definitely try the fries! This recipe sets out a way different technique than I've tried before so I am excited to see how it turns out.

Ms. Farmer, I love tropical fruits, so that doesn't sound bad to me. But sweet potatoes are supposed to work really well. I'm told that you can plant them in an above ground cardboard box, and pull down the box sides when it is time to harvest. Cuts back on insects and way less labor than digging into the existing yard! That's the method I hope to try next year! Gardening is a lot of work and not always fun, but it results in special blessings -- a good metaphor for life, huh?

Snowbird, you really don't want to see me in overalls -- I'd look like a badly stuffed sausage link. Eeeaw.

The Farmer Files said...

ohhh yesss...I have had some of my deepest thoughts while gardening!!! LOL!

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