Spuds make the cover of yesterday's Irish Times magazine
What’s that you say? Spuds in the news again? Yes indeed, the fact that we Irish are eating less of them seems to be a topic that we simply – and somewhat ironically – cannot get enough of.
This time, it was the turn of the Irish Times magazine, with potatoes front and centre in yesterday’s Paddy’s Day edition. In the magazine, Róisín Ingle got to grips with the realities of potato consumption in modern Ireland, mainly by way of an interview with Tom Keogh of Keogh’s Potatoes but, wise lady that she clearly is, she solicited my opinion too (you can read the full article at your leisure over here). The magazine also included the word on chips from Kevin Thornton and a slew of fine looking potato recipes from Domini Kemp, Kevin Dundon and Sunil Ghai, among others. Plenty to keep a spud lover engaged and happy over the national holiday, then.
What would you do if you had just one spud?
Would you boil it, steam it or mash it? Bake it, fry it or roast it?
Perhaps you’d chunk it up for salad or layer it into a gratin.
Or go the deep fat fryer route and turn it into crisps or chips.
It’s one of those desert island questions (albeit a desert island that comes, it would have to be said, with a fully equipped kitchen).
And the desert island answer? For me, without hesitation, the potato would have to be baked.
One potato, baked
Today, please allow me to present the egg-in-a-spud-shell.
I do not know:
(a) why I never thought of doing this before (and I’m clearly not the first person to have had this idea)
(b) why it should have occurred to me today
No matter, really. Better to come late to the egg-and-potato party than not at all.
Egg baked potato, simplicity itself