One thing I love about the Irish is their love of the good ol’ potato. Favourably called ‘taytos’ here, they are generally known as the evil of all vegetables back home. I personally love them and even as a ‘paleo diet’ fan I will still classify these ‘forbidden fruit’ along with their other root vegetable and tuber friends and eat them to my heart’s delight.
Their flavour lends them so well to accompany so many other dishes and their starchy texture helps in many ways. No doubt, you are all accustomed to their many forms: roasted, boiled, mashed, chips, wedges, crisps, mashed & frozen, dehydrated ‘instant’, canned, ready-to-eat, hash browns, gems, smilies, curly fries and countless recipes including my favourites, potato bake and potato and leek soup. I didn’t think that list could go on much more, until we came across ‘potato waffles’. The Irish speak of these as a staple part of their diet, a mashed potato of sorts fried in a waffle grid pattern, I’ve never seen them before, but perhaps I just haven’t been observant enough!
We had no sooner come to terms with the waffles we discovered ‘potato bread’. Potato mixed with flour and flattened to form slices similar to bread …pan fried it was quite yummy with our bacon and eggs. No doubt if we had stuck around longer there would have been many more great ‘spud’ discoveries.
Pleased to be in a land where my beloved potatoes were cherished and loved, I made sure I had my fair share, maybe we’ll see them back in Australia sometime.