Published on February 10th, 20146
Travel Tips: Nomad Mashed Taters!
O.k. so this is getting a bit silly, really. But still… as the months and years roll by as an expat, I can’t help but dream of simple comfort foods from my childhood. And good ol’ mashed potatoes rank right up there among the very BEST! So I’m thinking: tea kettle. Electric tea kettle. The boiled eggs worked swell. And the tomato ravioli? A bit tricky, but still – boiled just fine and smothered in tomato sauce,,, yummmm-MERS! “So why not try boiling a simple potato?” says I Indeed, why not? So easy it really needs no instructions. Just find yourself a tater, chop it into chunks, boil til tender, drain, mash and smother it all in butter. A few tips:
- Use but a single potato at a go; peel if you like, but I favor snippets of skin mashed in mine.
- Cut into smallish chunks – no bigger than 1/2″
- Fill the kettle no more than half full of water (adding the potatoes will raise the water level, and once boiling, you don’t want it to bubble over the top!)
- Bring to first boil, turn off kettle; let set 10 minutes. Pierce a chunk with a fork to test for tenderness; if necessary, repeat boil and set til all chunks are tender.
And of course – you just KNEW there would HAVE to be pictures: 😉
Hmmm… let’s see – what other yummy taste treats can I cook up in my trusty tea kettle?
For more of my “Nomad Cuisine” experiments with but a simple electric tea kettle: