Saturday, April 16, 2016

Things to Do With Potatoes

Look at that color!!
I found some purple sweet potatoes at the store the other day, and I made this beautiful sweet potato curry soup, and it was so pretty! I was afraid the potatoes would lose some of their vibrancy when cooked, but that was not the case. It looks like a smoothie bowl made with acai or something! Ha!  This was a really great breakfast.
I made a pesto the other day with some parsley and the rest of the sweet onion chives, and I decided to use it in a different way than pasta or pizza. I roasted some Yukon gold potatoes, and when they were done I tossed them with some of the pesto, and some sliced scallion, basil, and also some sliced spicy and garlic-y fancy olives. This was AHMAZING!! Who knew pesto and potatoes loved each other so much! The pesto I made was light on oil and heavier on lemon juice, so the oily olives went really well with this dish!
This was actually better after about an hour. The pesto really soaked in the potatoes, and just wow.
I have some pesto left, I'm thinking of mixing some with some Just Mayo, and making a pesto potato salad, maybe with some peas and scallion?  The pestobilities are endless! (Sorry) I actually wrote down the pesto recipe!
                                                            Springtime Pesto
  • 3/4 C. Parsley
  • 1 C. Chives, any variety I used sweet onion
  • 1/4 C. Walnuts
  • S&P to taste
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 C. Nutritional Yeast
  • 4T. Lemon Juice
  • 1 T. Extra Virgin olive Oil
  • 1/4 C. Water (more or less depending on your blender/ food processor)
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, but a little chunky. Add more or less water as needed. Feel free to add more oil too for a more traditional pesto. 
This pesto is really lemony and herb-y. It really tastes like spring. It would be great drizzled over a big grilled vegetable platter.
I have to leave you with a picture for Caturday of course. This picture of Chunk is sweet to me because in the last three or four months of Dylan's life, he would just sleep right by the water dish. That was it was just right there. After Dylan's passing, Chunk started sleeping in the exact spot every so often. It's like that's what he thinks the man of the house is supposed to do or something. It's very sweet, and always makes me think of my best friend.
That face!


  1. You are becoming a real gourmet chef! Blogging brings out interesting things in folks. I love Chunk's face.

    1. I did outdo myself with these two dishes! Thank you! Chunk's face is the first thing I see every morning, since he wakes me up for breakfast, and it's so cute I can't get irritated!

  2. Volunteering at an animal rescue, I've seen a lot of cats and Chunk is one of the handsomest I've seen. We had a black and white cat with a black swatch of fur under his nose and we named him Chaplin. He was comical so the name fit. Get Chunk an agent :)

    1. Thanks so much! I keep telling Chunk that he's going to make us rich some day!

  3. The curry is such an awesome color! And i am totally impressed with your pesto, i'm sure it would make a killer potato salad- and sandwich spread, or added to plain hummus, or smeared on tofu, or ......

  4. And I missed this one, too! What the heck!? Sorry! That color IS amazing!!!! I have been doing a lot of thinking about the Potato Cleanse and as much as I would LOVE it because I LOVE potatoes I have been reading it's not ideal for people with arthritis! I'm not sure about that so I will have to do more research on it. I'm thinking that is certainly my problem with my thumb!

    1. I've read that too. I think it's the nightshade family? I think it also includes eggplant and tomatoes if I'm not mistaken.