Saturday, October 16, 2010

Super Duper Louise Potatoes

Look at that cutie. Yep, I am blatantly putting the most adorable, coyly smiling child in front of you in order to soften my absence. I'm not above that... not one bit. hahaha.

Really, I am sorry for being so AWOL. August was what August typically is - lots of drinks on the patio with friends (when we had nice evenings), movie nights, travel, dinners, walks, some bike rides after I bought my new bike (super functional with it's flower appliqués and white basket). With September came welcome house guests followed by overstay guests (a bathroom renovation gone long and a move to my mother's house), a wedding in Vancouver (big love to K&I), a fantastic holiday and celebration of my birthday and Rhi's (momma bear to this adorable little girl) in San Francisco and Las Vegas (big love to Dean, Jay and Rhi!), a move back to my house and an attempt to get back to my normal. And, all of a sudden, I found myself two months (+) later than the last time that I sat before you.

Ahhhh.... life..... how it gets in the way sometimes. And how I wouldn't change that one bit.

So, with the summer and the garden has come the abundance of potatoes and with that comes an abundance of potato eating... And the reason for the cute child at the beginning of this post. She was the Chef and we made "Super Duper Louise Potatoes."

For a few hours before Sunday dinner, I found myself with two wonderful little guests - Louise and Mark. While Mark was quite content with Treehouse and playing with Wally and Jack, Louise wanted to help out in the kitchen. Perfect! So, Louise was going to be in charge of the potatoes and I was to be her sous chef.

4 pounds potatoes (Yukon Gold... or nice Red... or whatever!)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

First off, we nabbed some potatoes (Yukon Gold, I believe) from the back garden. She did the scrubbing, then I did the cutting (no knife zone!) and cut the potatoes into 1 inch chunks. The potatoes were tossed into the baking pan now.

Heat the oven to 450 F.

Louise and I went outside and picked her herbs for the potatoes. She just went to town! She picked a small bowlful... about 1/2 cup of mixed herbs - oregano, thyme, golden sage, rosemary, tarragon and probably a few errant basil leaves.

Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes, then get your hands in there and coat the potatoes.

Since we were still in a no knife zone, Louise used a muddler (that I typically reserve for my mojitos!) to smash the herbs. It worked perfectly!

Add the herbs to the potatoes in the baking pan. Then season with salt and pepper. Stir.

Put the potatoes in the oven and roast for about 45 minutes (until the potatoes are tender and you can stab them easily with a fork!), flipping or tossing part way through the cooking time. Then present, triumphantly, your (magic words) (kid's name) Potatoes!

To be served with or without ketchup. :)

(I only wish I had taken a video of her tutorial, as she explained to her family how she cooked the potatoes - too cute!)

3 thought(s):

Caitlin said...

I was staring at the "Super Duper Louise Potatoes" note on your fridge last night and meant to ask you what that was all about! Thanks Louise (and Christine!) for the recipe...

Happy to have you back, wannafoodie! :)

Kristy said...

aaaaahhhhhhhh sooooo cute. That little munchkin is so gosh darn cute. So how do I get something to be named (insert magical and amazing words here) Kristy (insert the type of food named after me) sha-bammy (yes, that is what I want the last word to be.)?

Hope you had a great summer - looking forward to everything that will be up and coming for wannafoodie!

Anonymous said...

You know who would love cooking in your kitchen, your little cousin Chloe. She loves to cook! You could make tis a theme.

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