Published on February 10th, 2014


Travel Tips: Nomad Mashed Taters!

Start with a humble tater...

Ah the potential of the humble tater…

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: 😉

(Click on any of the thumbnails to start the slide show…)

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:

Travel tips: Nomad Mashed Taters
Travel Tips: Nomad Tomato Ravioli
Travel Tips: Nomad Boiled Eggs

About the Author

Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!

6 Responses to Travel Tips: Nomad Mashed Taters!

  1. Patti says:

    That’s really clever! And seriously, who doesn’t love mashed potatoes with butter?! Yum!

    • Dyanne says:

      Yup, so simple and soooooo good. My #1 comfort food. And if you like this Patti, you should also look into my Travel Tips: Nomad hard boiled eggs (and deviled) as well as ravioli – both likewise made in a jiffy via my trusty electric tea kettle. 😉

  2. Paul says:

    I love mashed potatoes!
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    • Dyanne says:

      Me too Paul. Indeed, if I could have but one food on a desert isle…

      (it would be have to be TWO – mashed potatoes slathered in BUTTER!) 😉

  3. James says:

    Yummy! Don’t know why but I haven’t made mashed potatoes in AGES…

    I’m going to get a cook who comes 3 times a week starting later this week. I’ll have to teach her the joys of mash!
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