Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How to peel a potato

So simple and yet so profound it will change your life. In the kitchen that is. (What?, you want existential philosophy, look elsewhere.) It came to my attention via e-mail from a good friend. Since this youtube video has had over four million hits, I'm guessing many of you have already seen it but just in case you haven't...

To think of all the potatoes I've peeled the hard way over the years. Never again!

It only seems right and proper to include my favorite potato salad recipe just so you have an excuse to go try this technique right now.

All-American Potato Salad
1-1/2 lbs. potatoes
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped oniion
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1 tablespoon coarse-grain mustard

Put unpeeled, scrubbed potatoes in a pot AFTER SCORING WITH KNIFE AS PER DIRECTIONS FROM VIDEO. Bring to boil and cook just until tender, 15-20 minutes depending on size of potatoes.
FOLLOW VIDEO DIRECTIONS TO PEEL POTATOES. Cut them in chunks, place in bowl and sprinkle with vinegar, salt, pepper and a few pinches of sugar. Toss gently and allow to cool.
Add onions, eggs and celery.
Combine mayo, sour cream (or yogurt) and mustard and add to potatoes. Toss gently and refridgerate until chilled and ready to serve.

NOTE: I almost always double, and sometimes quadruple, this recipe based on the size of the crowd we're feeding.

Didn't get any shopping bags made yesterday. One afternoon of sewing = two valances. How hard can it be to make a valance, right? A lot harder than I thought. After making a mistake on the first one and while attempting to correct the mistake, making it infinitely worse, I ended up starting over. Thankfully attempt #2 was successful.

Anyone want a wonky, uneven chocolate brown valance that will fit a window approximately 36" wide?

At least now my sewing room is clean and it won't be difficult to work on the shopping bags as I have time this week. Which isn't now, because I have loads of Spanish homework. Hasta luega!


sara said...

I have see that video....pretty amazing!!

and I LOVE potato salad!!!

Susan D said...

I am so doing this! Thanks for the great tip and recipe. How's that book coming? Blessings, SusanD

skoots1mom said...

maryann learned some things on Gilligan's Island, I guess!!
thx for sharing

DD update:
BStill&Know's dd had nausea about 4am, they've put her on finnergan and she's been sleeping restfully...they're hoping to get her up later 2day :)

my neck "went out"...usually after an emotional situation it gives me fits and boy is it giving me a fit. i'm in my brace and taking extra ibuprofen...hohum.

my dd is home; early release testing; only one more day of school!

i'm gonna eat some lunch now...hv a good day!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I saw this a while back, and I'm not sure, but I may have even posted the vid. Pretty amazing.