Roast Potatoes

I used to roast potatoes at least once a week, then I stopped. I don’t know why. Tomorrow, I’m planning a roast potato dinner, but I couldn’t find the recipe because I never posted it. I transferred my thousands of blog photos to another location, so it took me some time to locate these photos. Where do you store the thousands of photos you take?  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! Continue reading

The Perfect Roast Potatoes

The Perfect Roast Potatoes myfavouritepastime.comIt was one of those random nights when I was watching a cooking show on BBC. I can’t even remember what it was called. The chef promised to show us how to make ‘the perfect roast potatoes‘. He said the variety of potato used is very important. He highly recommended ‘Maris Piper’ because it has a good balance of starch and sugar. The sugar gives the roast potato the golden brown colour and the starch gives the lovely fluffiness inside. I am not sure what the best equivalent of ‘Maris Piper’ would be in North America but after googling, the following, are the ones recommended “Russet Burbank”; “Kennebec”; a blocky, white potato; and “Desiree,” a red-skinned, yellow-fleshed potato. Do you have any other suggestions? Please share with me.

Unfortunately I live in a small city and our stores don’t stock a wide variety of potatoes. They are mostly just labelled as red, yellow or white and russet (they call it white baking potatoOn this day, my local store didn’t even have russet potatoes so I just used the so-called “yellow potatoes’. They didn’t give the best results, taste wise, and seemed to soak up quite a bit of oil, but this recipe is good and I plan to try again, when I have the recommended potato varieties. Have a pleasant week!  Here is what Maris Piper looks like… Continue reading

Shepherd’s Pie

Simply Delicious

Shepherd’s Pie myfavouritepastime.comThe six basic ingredients are the mince meat (ground beef or pork), vegetables, a glug of good quality red wine, fresh herbs, good quality cheese  and  mashed potatoes. mmmm… There are of course thousands of shepherd’s pie recipes out there. I vary mine all the time. Instead of stock you can add sour cream or whipping cream. You can also add spices like paprika and cumin powder. Have a wonderful week!

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