Nathalie's Notes

Raising the Hardy Boys

My previous post highlights my costly housekeeping habits, but in keeping with my nearly full disclosure policy I have to say things are improving on the cooking front and I'm finding cooking to actually be fun. Well, fun-ish. Okay, not at all fun, but rewarding. There are good moments.

I do have to say one thing, I am thinking about my mom a lot these days and wondering how often she felt like slapping the crap out of us for letting her cook fantastic meals, stuffing our faces without saying much about the food and then heading back to our busy lives i.e. phone calls, homework and reading without so much as offering to help clean up.

I did help clean up when I was told/asked to, of course. Except that I would always, always work under the assumption that my mom would come along behind me to clean up the hard and/ or gross stuff, like the pots, pans and sink drain. See how that's not really helpful?

Last night I made turkey meatloaf and buttermilk mashed potatoes and had George and Amy over for dinner – turned out pretty good and it was fun to share a good meal with friends. Sometime it'll be fun to say "oh, it's okay to put Ella down, floor's are clean." Today is not that day.

from Natural Health Magazine

2 Tablespoons butter

1 onion – sliced thin (I am not good at slicing thin but it was still fine)

1 1/2 pounds potatoes

1 cup or more low-fat buttermilk

3/4 cup fresh English peas ( okay, a. I don't know what English peas are so I used the peas on sale and b. frozen were what's on sale)

1/4 cup chopped chives – divided

salt and pepper to taste

1. Melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Hope someone stops by because it's easy and smells damn good. Set aside.

2. Peel the potatoes and cut into large, even pieces. In a large pot cover the potatoes with salted water and bring to boil. Cook potatoes until soft when tested with a fork 15 -20 minutes. This is a lie. It took twice as long. But I might've started timing from the wrong point.

3. Force the potatoes through a ricer. What is a ricer? If you don't have one, use a mixer or hand masher to mash the potatoes. This will be Sam's job when he's older.Add the caramelized onions and buttermilk and beat until light and fluffy. Add more buttermilk if desired. Stir in the peas and half the chives. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve in a large bowl sprinkled with the remaining chives. This part seems insulting to me. Do we really need to be told how to serve it? If you must know, I scooped mine out of the mixer bowl right onto the plates. I think I even used salad tongs as they were closest to me and I was in a hurry. I also forgot to "sprinkle" on the remaining chives and no one mentioned that glaring omission.

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