Friday, April 9, 2010

A Potato Garden

"Honey, your potatoes are sprouting," Avo said last night after peeking in the shopping bag I had perched on the window sill beside the air conditioner. "They look like little alien creatures!"

Oops. Guess I waited too long to decide what to do with the leftover potatoes from Passover (thanks for the shepard's pie idea, mom).

"So what do I do with them now?" I asked.

"Well, you've got two options: throw them out or grow potatoes in the back garden," Avo answered.

Dear reader, I chose the first option.

The good news is that now I don't have to figure out how to use this sack of potatoes. The bad news is that now I feel guilty for wasting so many good (organic!) potatoes.

My cooking juju is clearly off these days. I just can't seem to get it together to prepare a decent meal. Even Avo's birthday dinner on Monday night was underwhelming ("I'm just not that hungry," he said, perhaps to spare my feelings).

I blame the balmy weather we've been enjoying -- It's hard to contemplate cooking hearty foods like potatoes and meat when it's scorching out.

But now that it's cool and misty today, I've got no excuse. You'll be relieved to know that as I type, I'm prepping banana muffins -- I can't bear to throw out these fast ripening bananas without putting them to good use.


Muffy Sainte-Marie said...

Glad you didn't eat those potatoes! Green and sprouting potatoes = toxic.

: )

Anonymous said...

don't feel guilty....but I bet your girls would have had fun digging a hole & planting those potatoes. I'm just saying.
You're blog about the potatoes encouraged me to make a killer potato
salad last night. I ate it warm for breakfast & it is delicious. I made it super duper flavorful!!!
With lots! of cumin, dried Italian Herbs, a nice dose of pepper flakes, dijion mustard, mayo &
sour cream, with lots of hard boiled eggs & some relish (not too much...about a half cup)pepper a little salt. YUM!
It is so full of flavor really tasty. So don't feel guilty, you saved my 67cent 5 lb bag. The 10 lb bag cost the same...but I knew I couldn't use that much. potatoes a very real value! Who doesn't like a bakeed potato?
Again remember the foodnetwork will! have a less rich heart killing recipe for AVO & the whole family will love you for it. I mean probably a big ole kiss for making gratin. Who makes it anymore? & it is every ones fav.... good luck nxt time.

Undomesticated Me said...

Glad to hear I inspired you, Anonymous! Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of potato salad (and neither is Avo).