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Enough rosemary

(Cross-posted at La Vida Locavore.)

Back in April I planted some potatoes.

They duly came up and filled the container with a riot of green, leafy plants, which I fed a diet of dishwater and what sunshine may come when the Pacific Northwest is having One of Those Summers.

Today, a couple of the plant-tops were yellowing and pretty well finished, so I dug down and lo! Spuds.



Feeling around elbow-deep in dirt and encountering the smooth, round firmness of a Real Potato That I Grew Myself is...well, very, very satisfying.


Fresh from the earth. My hat is off to real food stylists, who know that the silverware needs to be polished before it's ready for its closeup.


Ready to pan-fry. Rosemary: from the garden too.


My little dinner.

So how was it? Tender, creamy, delicate little Yukon gold potatoes, crisped on the outside in piping hot olive oil with some sea salt, some black pepper, and the slightly-charred rosemary bits. Delicious.



I call it a win. A tiny, tasty triumph.

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vchrusch
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Verra nice spuds.
emeraldsedai
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Why thank you!
vchrusch
Aug. 4th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
When they are that size they also make a wicked potato salad.
emeraldsedai
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
That sounds good! Do you make a mayonnaise style one, or more oil-and-vinegar?
vchrusch
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
All depends on what kind of mood I'm in and whatever is lurking in the pantry/fridge.

Off the top of my head I would roast up some garlic, crisp up some bacon or pancetta, sweat off some diced sweet red onion, and toss the lot with the freshly roastedpotatoes. Add s ome olive oil and a touch of red wine vinegar and season with some salt and pepper.

Or you could get out the jar of Hellmans.
emeraldsedai
Aug. 5th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
I am so going to use this! Thank you--it sounds just wonderful.

(I'd make my own mayonnaise if I were going to bother, but yeah--I know what you mean.)
pennywhistle
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! That looks delicious.
emeraldsedai
Aug. 4th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
It was! With the added savor of "I grew it all by myself!"
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emeraldsedai
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Aaargh! Slugs!

I've been so busy worrying about the significant lack of sunshine that slugs hadn't even crossed my mind (with their trails of slime).

There's a joke that the slug is the "state bird" of Oregon. Once upon a time, I had a sweatshirt with a beautiful but phony Tlingit-style depiction of a slug on it--got it at a tourish shop at the beach.
decemberleaf
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Just LOOKING at that third picture makes me hungry!

emeraldsedai
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Me too!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 5th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
home grown
congratulations! I hope to match your success soon. Slugs are not exclusive to Oregon you know, English slugs are just as slimey and annoying. I don't like it when birds poo on my mixed salad leaves!!!
emeraldsedai
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Re: home grown
With much of my garden being in front of my house, on the street and sidewalk, I worry more about dog pee than bird poo.

Ah, nature!
roseambr
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
VaVaVaVoom! We have potatoes! I'm so excited for you! Thney look yummy as can be! How many did you dig up? Will you have enough to enjoy them for awhile? I hope so! They are so pretty!
emeraldsedai
Aug. 5th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I dug up three and left several plants in to mature further. I think I may get four or five more, hopefully a little bit larger.

I can see now that I'm going to have to focus some real energy on potato-planting next season. More of them, with harvests scattered across the late summer and fall. Nothing you grow in your garden is as versatile, except possibly onions.

I'm pretty pleased.
llaras
Aug. 8th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
OMG that looks so good! Congrats on your green thumb!
emeraldsedai
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm not sure how green my thumb is, but let's just say it's getting a little greener than it used to be.
starfishchick
Aug. 8th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
This is amazing! I hope you are proud of yourself!!
emeraldsedai
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm more astonished at nature--and at the Incas who hybridized these things way back when into the many varieties we know and love today.
starfishchick
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hee, that too. But this is more PERSONALLY impressive. :)
emeraldsedai
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Stay tuned. I think I'm going to pull up the rest of the spud crop this weekend. Hopefully at least one of the little suckers will have gotten bigger than the seed potatoes I started with.
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