Whizz up herbs with olive oil in a blender or food processor, or simply chop them fine, and add to the mash, stirring to make streaky stripes. Use a single herb, mint, basil, parsley, oregano, chives, marjoram etc.
16 February 2011
If you still have some old potatoes about you, knock off their little shoots, and peel thoroughly. Remember the presence of shoots means that they have not been treated post harvest with growth inhibitor to stop this happening. We must remember that potatoes are a seasonal beast, and respect the rhythm of their year. I planted some of mine when the shoots became too outrageous, and they are huge bushy green plants now. We look forward to a harvest! You can do this yourself. If you don't have much garden, you can plant some potatoes in an old tyre or two, in compost, for a small exquisite harvest. There is nothing quite as good as a homegrown potato, although organic ones should come a close second. Bring to boil, and simmer until soft. Drain, add milk, and over a low heat whisk with an electric beater (a la Delia) to make a smooth mash. After that it is up to you how much richness you add. Just skimmed milk is the low fat option - herbed mash is a great tasting filler for those who are trying to lose some spare tyre.