My So-Cold Life
Nurse Gladys Emmanu-unwell*

Monday Munchies #15

I am a working family's dream. I will happily eat the same thing for tea every night for a week. My latest fad is grilled pork cutlet chop, gravy, local apple sauce, peas, local mint jelly, carrot batons and mashed potato.

On the other side of the world they are all gleefully starting to eat new potatoes, but as we gently fade into Autumn, I look for the starchy white fleshed potatoes to mash. And that's what I am cooking today: mashed potatoes.

Green grocer's potatoes
Our local green grocer has quite a selection of potatoes and today I chose Kennebecs, but you should check locally to see what's best in your area. We are spoiled for choice. So here's how I make mashed potatoes.

Delicious Mashed Potato  serves 4
  • 800g mashing potatoes
  • 1/3 cup hot milk - 30 secs in the microwave
  • 40g butter
  • salt, pepper
  • garlic clove crushed, chives snipped

Peel your potatoes and then rinse and cut into cubes, I actually cut wedge shapes about 3 cm long. Place into the pan and then just cover with COLD water. This is very important because it allows the potato to cook evenly, otherwise the hot water cooks the outside too quickly and makes them crumbly. Add a pinch of salt. Place on the stove and bring to the boil. Once boiling, put the lid on the saucepan and turn the heat down so the water is just simmering. (I added a crushed clove of garlic for some extra flavour)

Diced and ready to cook
Check progress at about 15 minutes by sticking a knife or fork into a large piece of potato. It should be tender but not falling apart. Generally it takes 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and then put back on the stove for a minute or two to make sure that the potatoes are dry, shake the pan a little to help it along. (Remove the garlic, or you can squeeze the flesh out and add it)

The potato mash it was a graveyard smash
Roughly mash the potatoes and then add the hot milk and butter. Mash till all combines and then fluff by whipping with a fork. Serve with a scattering of chives, or add some Parmesan cheese, blue cheese, crispy bacon, the sky's the limit really. My plate shows one serve. 

Dinner time
You can use the left overs to make some yummy fish cakes. Just add some finely chopped onion, an egg and some tuna or salmon. Form into cakes and refrigerate for about 30 minutes and then dip in egg and breadcrumbs and fry till crisply brown. Yum!!!



I'm the same! If I like a food I can eat it forever. I once went six weeks having lasagne for dinner one night, stir-fry the next.

Highland Quilter

Yum....what time will i pop round for tea?? Hope all is well at your house!! Cathy



I cook our spuds with several whole garlic cloves and then after they are cooked and drained, add grated nutmeg, salt and pepper, a slosh of olive oil and some milk - and whack it back on the stove till it boils - and then mash furiously - yum........

Rose Red

I LOVE mashed spud! I could eat a whole plate of it. With lots of salt (which I know is naughty, and so I don't ever actually do it!!).

I envy you with your potato choice - it's not like that here. I'll have to try adding garlic, yum. And also excellent tip about using the leftovers, I must try that.


this has made me soooooo hungry Cindy, your plate full looks divine and I LOVE your masher!!!


me too - anything and mash, veal cutlets tonight with garlic mashed spuds and silver beet and even better - Mr Valley is the chef while I sit drinking a quiet glass of bubbles and catch up on the internet world :):)

Jennifer Rose

i loved mashed potatoes :D easy filling meal that goes with so many things.
really like your masher :D


Hope your cold moves on with the greatest of all speeds, they are never fun least of all when you can't take various meds which would alleviate the symptoms. The mashed spud though sounds particularly wonderful and oh so appropriate when you aren't interested in eating.


there really is nothing better than comfort food is there, especially at this time of the year. mashed potato mountains with gravy are on of my favourite things!


I love mashed potato. Paul loves it with garlic and bacon otherwise he doesnt like it as he says it is too bland. My kids actually have worcestershire sauce on theirs and love it!


Yummy - I love mash potato & will only eat potato this way. I used to eat them every day when I was young. Thanks for the tip for leftover mash but I never have any leftovers.


That looks so delicious! Hubby is the master potato masher in our family, it's so creamy it just about melts in your mouth. I love the look of that pork chop too - I rarely cook with pork as my son has a ton of things he won't eat (related to his Aspergers) and pork is one of them.

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