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#63 Comfort food, part II

In Food & Drink on November 30, 2010 at 11:53 pm

When the going gets tough, the tough, as they say, get going. Meanwhile the not-so-tough reach for the carbohydrates.

A series of disasters last week left me with a serious need for potato. It’s got a history of providing sustenance to the poor and down-on-their-luck.

My friend Violet and I have for years talked about opening an exclusive potat0-oriented restaurant, where the focus of each dish is the potato element rather than the protein, as we find this is usually what influences our menu choices  anyway.

And with last year’s comfort food post still trending as the most popular on this blog (what are you people like?) and snow falling from the sky in soft powdery white flakes then lying on the ground like an icy death trap, I felt a sequel was called for.

So in no particular order, here are my top ten potato dishes. Most of which I have, I’m ashamed to say, actually eaten in the past ten days. As I say, bad week.

1) Masala dhosa from East Dulwich’s new vegetarian Indian restaurant, Indian Mystery (brought to you by the good folk behind SMBS and the Cheeseblock). 71 Lordship Lane, SE22 tel 020 8693 1627

2) potato and chorizo quesadilla from Mexican market food minichain Wahaca

3) chip butty – obviously

4) Irish potato farls/Lancashire potato cakes like my friend Kathleen Matthews’ mum used to make. Lots of salted butter.

5) aloo gobi – can’t really get enough spicy potato

6) chick pea & potato samosas, or empanadas – different countries, similar theme

7) roasties. King Edwards, goose or duck fat

8) stovies – and call me a sassenach but I’m happy to make them with corned beef. I’ve even done haggis stovies before now. Works surprisingly well.

9) bubble & squeak

10) rosemary potato and stilton pizza from The Actress, East Dulwich. Now I’ve not had this one yet, but it is strongly recommended by Time Out and I’m looking forward to trying it next time someone pays me.

bonus potato fact: Belarus has the highest consumption of potato per capita, with each Belorussian consuming 381 kg in 2005—about two pounds per person per day. More on the Solanum  tuberosum at Wikipedia
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  1. A chap from America was on the radio this week talking about how he had just spent 60 days eating nothing but potatoes. I thought of you instantly.

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