Daily Archives: 29 June 2009

Marvellous Mash

I think I am obsessed with mashed potato! As mum to a young son (who is 18 months old) I try to cook food that will appeal to both of us.

My staple at the moment seems to be potato mashed with Laughing Cow cheese and butter, served with baked beans. Not a culinary masterpiece but Isaac loves it!

It is now my mission to make some new variations on mash and to serve it with other things for a change. I have looked back at some of our previous books and found some unusual suggestions. In fact one of our recipe writers has suggested a lovely twist on mash for our next cookbook – you will have to wait and see what that is!

The quality of potato makes a huge difference to taste. I had a delicious variety a while back called Anya. Anya was specially bred on the banks of the river Tay just outside Dundee and is a result of a cross between Pink Fur Apple and Desiree potatoes. Lord Sainsbury’s gardener grew the new variety for the first time in 1995, and liked it so much that he suggested it be called Anya after Lady Sainsbury!

How delightful and how many of us can say we have had a potato named after us?!

Have you tasted Champ mashed potatoes? Try it, I think you’ll love it.

Can you suggest your favourite potato variety for mash, and what do you add to yours?

Champ

The ultimate mashed potato recipe

Wonderful Champ mashed potatoes

Spring onions transform ‘ordinary’ mashed potatoes into something rather special.

Serves 2

Potatoes 450g (1lb), peeled and quartered
Spring onions 5, trimmed and finely sliced
Milk 150ml (1/4 pint)
Unsalted butter 50g (2oz)
Double cream 60ml (2fl oz)

Potatoes 450g (1lb), peeled and quartered
Spring onions 5, trimmed and finely sliced
Milk 150ml ( ¼ pint)
Unsalted butter 50g (2oz)
Double cream 60ml (2fl oz)

1 Boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes in salted water until tender when tested with a knife.

2 Soften spring onions in simmering milk for 2-3 minutes, drain.

3 Drain and dry potatoes over a low heat. Cover with a lid and shake to start breaking up.

4 Add butter and cream, a little at a time, while mashing the potatoes. Season and mash until fluffy and creamy. Stir in spring onions and serve.

Find more scrumptious recipes in the Dairy Cookbooks.

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