I still can’t cook mashed potatoes.

14 Mar

Wow, it’s been a little while since I’ve posted. These past few weeks are a bit of a blur, but mostly, I haven’t been in town, I’ve had no food in my apartment, and no money to buy new food….. student life. But I’m back now! I’ll have visitors intermittently for the next few weeks so I’m actually more likely to be cooking stuff, so stay tuned! I’m working hard on the “green food” concept, but that went to shit a little bit when I couldn’t find kale in Tesco for the mashed potatoes I’m talking about today. I’ll explain how to integrate them if you want though.

Ok- so this meal was a chicken kiev and mashed potato dish. Chicken kiev- easy (I get the chicken pre-kiev’d so all I had to do was stick it in the oven), mashed potatoes- not so easy. There seem to be a couple of staple foods I keep just royally screwing up (I’m talking about you, scrambled eggs) and mashed potatoes is one of them.

I threw in everything I needed and mashed as hard as I could- nope. Didn’t budge. I suspect I had my stove on too low and the potatoes weren’t soft enough when I tried to mash them. Either way, I improvised. I got tired of trying to mashing clearly unmashable potatoes, so I just gave the potato quarters are good mix up with the butter/milk/mayo mixture I’d thrown in, and I threw them into a dish to pop in the oven for a few minutes, I’d say only like 5.

They came out like coated potato wedges. It was actually really good- granted the potatoes were a little solid, but I’m not gonna be fussy.

Anyways, the recipe I use for mash can be found here, and here’s the final product:



2 Responses to “I still can’t cook mashed potatoes.”

  1. amintiridinbucatarie March 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    hi Kate, I’m Oana 🙂 nice reading your post; if I may, I want to give you one of my tips 🙂

    to have a nice plate of mashed potatoes, I first peel them and dice them; then I cover them with water and put them to boil; to check if they are boiled and ready for the mashing, I take a fork and and pinch them if they shatter then they are good for the mashing part; after this I take a foam removing kitchen tool and I remove the foam and I then take about 10 pieces of boiled and dices potatoes, I put them into a bowl and mash them with a fork; after I mash all of them I add about 2 tbs of olive oil, 7 tbs of milk, salt and pepper; I then blend all ingredients = > the result is … you do this and tell me how it went 🙂 I am looking forward to hear from you

    regards, Oana

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