Newest Review: ... Sounds simple? It is! But I have used these before and wouldn't recommend them purely because the potatoes that grew from the seed wer... more
I like 'em mashed to bits.
Member Name: Seven17
Advantages: Grow in the disgusting British weather, and they are important to British cuisine.
Disadvantages: Some supermarket ones (especially tinned ones) are just disgraceful.
Potatoes are a very important part of British cuisine because we use them for many different dishes. Fish and chips, shepherds pie, roast dinner, jackets, the lot. I have always believed that potatoes are an essential part of a family diet, because they can be used for so many dishes, and they do have some fantastic nutritional values, particularly in the skin.
Potatoes can be prepared in so many ways, with so many varieties. I often do new potatoes (tinned) boiled and served for lunch. I also do roast potatoes for a sunday lunch, jacket potatoes, and mashed potatoes. Mashed are my favourite way of preparation because there are so many different dishes that it can be used with.
New potatoes are limited to smaller dishes, side dishes and for boiling, much like roast potatoes which aren't really good for anything other than Sunday Lunch or christmas dinners. I much prefer getting some mash and doing it with shepherds pie, seafood, bangers (sausages), chilli con carne, the list goes on.
Potatoes are quite easily grown in this bad weather pit of dreadful temperatures and miserable rainy days. They can be grown cheaply, require only a bit of care, and aren't too fussy about temperature or rainfall. They will grow bigger if these are right, but the point is unlike strawberries, asparagus... or me, they don't hate it when the climate isn't absolutely perfect.
They don't take long to cook, and they certainly don't take long to grow. Baby (new) potatoes just a few weeks, and any time after that is a bonus. Those little sprouts they grow when they're about to die and new potatoes have to be formed, are simply a warning sign that they are going bad, but they don't do that for a week or so either, depending on how long they've been out the ground.
The really good ones are of course, the fresh ones which have grown to a colossal size and then ended up in a farm shop with mud still on them. That's when you know they're good, and not some modified, fertiliser injected mutants.
Overall i think potatoes play a big role in british cooking, they certainly do in my house anyway, and i wouldn't be without them. I've no idea how people coped during the Irish potato famine, cos i'd be stuffed if i had to cook without them. More to the point, i'd be climbing the wall for a bag of chips after a week or so.
Summary: Only when you stop and think about all the dishes they make, do you realise how important they are.