Food for Thought

Spuds You Like

Let’s look at this versatile, humble root vegetable we English call the spud.  

Spuds can be peeled, baked, boiled, mashed or made into salad, which one do you like?

Mash - peel your spuds and cut into cubes, place them into a large pot, cover them with cold water, bring to the boil add a garlic clove and salt to taste. Once boiled turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until cooked. Drain all the water off the spuds keep in the same pot. Arm yourself with a masher or fork and mash those lovely spuds, then add knob of butter, a sprinkling of black pepper for richness, a splash of  heavy cream ready to taste.  Serve with a meat or fish dish or on it's own if you are a vegetarian.

Fancy Sunday Roast of chicken, beef or pork? Add a twist with roast spuds. Peeled them, cut them in half, place in a pot and cover with cold salted water. Bring to the boil and keep them bubbling for about 5 mins. Prepare your baking dish by heating it in the oven with oil. After 5 mins drain the spuds, place them in the heated baking dish put them back into the oven until deliciously golden brown.

Now a spud most people love.  You need a deep fat fryer or large saucepan for chips or French fries. Cut your spuds into desired size strips, when oil is hot add cut spuds. Watch as they cook and turn golden brown. Place on paper towel add a little salt and if you're English, vinegar or even enjoy them on their own or serve with fried chicken or fried fish and salad.

What about a jacket potato sometimes known as baked potato. Wash the potato skin very well, place in a hot oven and bake until potato is soft on the inside and the skin is crisp. Cut the hot potato down the middle add butter, cheese or any topping of your choice and enjoy. The list is endless.

Did you know?

 

Potatoes can help reduce inflammation in the body.  Here’s how grating your potato (and ginger optional) onto cling wrap and wrap it around the inflamed area have a towel to catch any drips. It will heat up as it draws the extra fluid out of the body and leave your joints feeling refreshed and mobile. This is not for everyone but for most of us, it works like a treat.  
Potato, what a versatile root vegetable, try it!