Category Archives: potatoes

roasted beef roasties

roasted beef roasties albert bartlett innovator actifry chips We've just seen the back of national chip week for another year! That's the excuse you needed to have chips tonight sorted then. In celebration of this auspicious occasion, Albert Bartlett sent me some Innovator potatoes to try out. They're a floury general-purpose type so I cooked 'em a bunch of ways. My favourite were these beef dripping-soaked gold nuggets which lit up the Sunday roast. They made … Continue Reading ››
lamb & potatoes boulangere

l & p (lamb & potatoes)

lea & perrins lamb & potatoes

This recipe is a take on a boulangere, potatoes simmered in stock. Made with leftover roast lamb coated in Lea & Perrins what else could I call it but "L&P", lamb & potatoes. It could be made just as well with beef and slipping a few bits of veg in there wouldn't go amiss. I served mine with peas in mint butter, and a blob of pickled red cabbage. I'm not sure I don't ever have a bottle of Lea … Continue Reading ››

parmesan chicken with potato and sprout gratin

crispy parmesan chicken with sprout gratin Yes! It's sprout season again. Please don't just boil them and leave them alone, there's so much more to the little farty ball. Like here, a Brussels Sprout gratin baked with potatoes and cream for a great side dish. I was chuffed with how everything turned out save for one flaw. To quote Michel Roux Jr "where's the sauce?!" It needed a meaty gravy just to lend a little more moisture. But beyond that, it was dead good. A sprout is for Winter, … Continue Reading ››
roast potatoes

why i like potatoes so much

You may have noticed, but I rather like potatoes. I'm intrigued by the characteristics of different varieties. I like that the flavour can be earthy yet light. That there are great recipes for all seasons. That it's the backbone of so many Western meals. And it's in the roast potato that I get most intrigued. That balance between crisp and soft, with the perfect surface for taking on gravy. Now that reminds me... You probably have some childhood routines in your house that you assume everybody has. It's not until you get older it dawns on … Continue Reading ››
deep fried chips versus tefal actifry chips

chip face-off: tefal actifry vs delonghi deep fat fryer

delonghi total clean fryer and tefal actifry

Delonghi Total Clean deep fat fryer (left) and Tefal ActiFry (right)

You might've figured out by now that I'm a potato guy. I do love a deep fried chip, but I hate the smell and faff associated with a deep fat fryer. When you've had chips in a deep fat fryer, you know about it for the next few days as the fried smell gets into everything. I've owned them in the past but dealing with the odour, … Continue Reading ››