Thursday, September 29, 2011

potAYtoes, potAHtoes...


I lost all patience this week and dug up our potatoes after what seemed like an eternity of growing (around 15 or 16 weeks). Michelle suggested that when the leaves started to die and go yellow this was a sign they were ready to harvest and since there were a few yellow leaves and not a whole lot of growth going on I made a family decision to dig right in!

We were probably about 3 weeks too early because we dug up a lot of 'baby' potatoes, but overall I was impressed with our first potato crop. Another reason I was so eager to dig is because North was feeling a bit stir crazy after a lot of rainy indoor play this week and there is nothing more soothing on a toddler's nerves than digging in the dirt. He was ecstatic with excitement and spent a good part of the morning digging through the dirt searching for potatoes.



After a while we all went inside and made potato pancakes with homemade labne for lunch. I'd like to make a nice child-friendly potato salad for lunch tomorrow- any recipe suggestions?

7 comments:

georgi said...

apparently with potatoes they get better year after year too - my parents have grown them in their garden for four or five years now, and each year Dad declares it a 'better crop' . although we do quite like the baby ones ! mm potato pancakes, i might try those.. x

rhiby said...

what about a nice chunky vegetable mash? I normally make it with sweet potato or pumpkin - but potato would be awesome to! just grate up a couple of carrots and zucchinis, and add to the mashed potato along with some spinach and fried onion/garlic (or whatever else you see fit), stir it around for a bit...and if you serve it cold, it it has extra health benefits!
Serve it also with maybe a mixed green salad and some legumes, and wall-ah!
I have included a variation of this recipe on my blog - Spring on a Plate post. And what kids don't love a bit of mash? xox

Maxabella said...

Baby potatoes are real potatoes too! Not too early at all... a little potato salad will be gorgeous.

I just know that when I finally get around to growing my own, I will be too impatient and will need to find recipes for baby everything!! x

NativeIllawarra said...

Fresh new potatoes are the best! Depending on what your kids like to eat, maybe just steam and dice the potatoes and mix them with homemade mayonnaise and chopped herbs - chives, parsley, basil and/or chervil. Throw in some green beans, diced tomatoes, and smoked tofu or tinned tuna, and you've got a nice salade nicoise!

Michelle said...

Well done! Oh I bet they were delicious! Nothing like fresh dug potatoes. Next year you can try "bandicooting", when you dig with your hands around the edge of the plant and grab a couple of spuds without killing the plant.

xx

Tricia said...

Oh, I thought I left a comment here the other day, but I mustn't have finished it properly. I was sneaking a peek at your blog during work time so mustn’t have been concentrating.

Well done with the potatoes. I make a simple potato salad that Little eco loves. Steamed potato, add a generous amount of chopped mint while potatoes still warm and stir through with mayonnaise. I then top with chopped boiled egg.

ecoMILF said...

Tricia, so weird. I could have sworn you already left a message too! I don't know where on earth it could have gone but thank you so going to the trouble of typing it again! That recipe sounds DELICIOUS and is just what we need tomorrow! xo m.

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