Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Potato Weekend

'Bon Appetit' ,Julia Child's Kitchen ,The Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Washington DC (photo from Wikipedia)

The movie Julie and Julia is as much about bloggers and blogging as it is about the iconic American cook Julia Child (1912-2004). If you need a bit of inspiration to keep focused on your blog topic of choice this is the film to see. That said ,I have spent time this weekend looking for interesting ways to use the potatoes I have grown.
 The best history and cultivation notes are in the journal Convivium by English writer Arabella Boxer, called Romancing the Potato this detailed account gives the best potato growing methods by organic and non organic means as well as a great section on cooking with them.The winning potato for cooking being the waxy variety Belle de Fontenay, one which is probably not available here. On the home front, you can't go past the book by Stephanie Alexander called the Kitchen Garden Companion published by Penguin Lantern books.This book has useful information on growing potatoes in different ways even if you only have limited space. The selection of recipes is varied ,from simple ten minute ones to more complex ones. This book will surely be at the top of the list as Australian gardening book of 2009.


  1. I have given up growing potatoes as my trees cast a lot of shade. Perhaps 'Kitchen Garden Companion' has some suggestions. I'll try to get it.

  2. Ian… many thanks for the “nod”!

    I have always found food to be the universal language. Not only does it nourish the body, it nourishes the soul. Food gives people around the world a means of interaction, trading cultures and to experiment with new taste.

    I was drawn to your creative blog, because of your incredible photographs… another medium that translates & inspires. Each of your photographs places the viewer at the location of your lens in a vibrant, yet subtle, way!

    Can’t wait to see where you take us next through your lens…