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Spud Sunday: The Yield So Far

Linzer delikatess potato

For all you know, this potato could be quite large...

The fact is that my potatoes, so far, are really quite small.

There is no shame in small potatoes, of course, but, frankly, there’s just less of them to eat.

Undaunted by matters of size, I gathered together a dinners-worth of new season potatoes from my garden for my parents last week. Ma tells me that, when she was growing up, her family liked their potatoes big and piled high in the centre of the table – small potatoes, or póiríní, were strictly for feeding to the pigs. I was glad that my recent ancestors didn’t resurrect themselves for dinner in that case, as we had a rather low mound of spudlings on offer. Size clearly didn’t matter to my Da, though, who polished his spuds off in short order and was the first to ask, Oliver-Twist-like, for more.

After dinner, he retired to the sittingroom.

Moments later:

Da: “That was a grand dinner.”

Ma: “It was, sure.”

After another minute or two:

Da: “Are there any potatoes left?”

Ma: “No.”


Da: “Do we have any for tomorrow?”

Ma: “No.”

Da: “Oh.” The disappointment palpable.

Small or not, it’s good to know that my spuds will always be welcome at home.

Better get to work on my next delivery, so.


  1. My dad was like that. Never enough mashed potatoes for him. :)

  2. I can never get enough potatoes! Love them every which way. I don’t mind them small, especially if I don’t need to peel them. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had potatoes in my garden, so I’m sure even though you only had a little bit, they were tasty!

  3. So it’s not size that matters it’s volume! GREG

  4. Daily Spud

    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Lisa: I reckon there are lot of Dads out there like that!

    gastroanthropologist: oh they were indeed tasty – and while I won’t be overrun with spuds, I’ll still have enough of the little ones to keep me going for a while :)

    sippitysup: got it in one Greg!

  5. It’s so interesting that small potatoes were given to pigs. I love small potatoes and I prefer picking small ones from grocery. They look cute and ı can measure better when I cook something with them. So if anyone there doesn’t like small potatoes, send them to me :)

  6. The key phrase is ‘so far’ – there’s still plenty of time for these spudlings to get a little more on them. Then your Da’s sure to be content with the copious ‘taterness you’ll soon be serving. 8-)

  7. Can there ever be enough potatoes? I always make sure we have an excess. Who known when the carb craving might hit, right?

  8. Small or not, that is one beautiful spud! Our potatoes seem to be smaller this year. I tend to like them that way for roasting and potato salad so yours are welcome here has well. ;)

  9. Daily Spud

    Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    zerrin: if I have any spare small potatoes, I will be sure to send them your way :)

    Tangled Noodle: ‘so far’ is indeed the operative term – there’s plenty more growing to be done this summer!

    Shaheen: hey there, thanks for stopping by – and I absolutely agree, there can never be too many potatoes :)

    Lori: good to know that my spuds would be welcome in your home too :) the smallness probably has a lot to do with the fact that we had a very dry June and they didn’t get enough in the way of watering; still, I’m happy to eat them and I really can’t complain!

  10. That read like a book, so I ready for the next chapter Spudsy :) Good thing its not suppose to put me to sleep…

  11. Daily Spud

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Hey E, there are plenty more chapters where that came from :)

  12. Daily Spud

    Monday, August 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Valentina :)

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