Scotty Brand sent us some lovely Kestrel potatoes before Christmas. They are fabulous for using for lots of potato things, boiling, baking or roasting. Mashing is just one of the ways that they can be used really well.
Potatoes are really quite good for us. I read a lot of negativity around root vegetables, and I can never quite understand the reason for it. They are high in folic acid which helps our immune system and our white blood cell production, so for that reason alone, I think they should stay part of a balanced diet to eat well.
With around 93 calories per 100 grams, it is easy to count them into a good meal plan,
I like some plain cooking with potatoes and for this recipe, I kept it very simple indeed.
2 - 3Chillies or PeppersChoose brightly coloured options and chop finely
Simply boil potatoes in a pan for 15 - 20 minutes until soft.
Drain potatoes and begin to mash. After a minute, add the butter and mash a few more times. Then add the milk to finish mashing your potatoes into a thick creamy consistency. I add my milk a tablespoon at a time, just in case. Too much milk will also spoil the consistency of the potatoes.
Serve and top with chopped chillies or peppers (or both)
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Our newest delivery from Scotty Brand arrived on Friday. Lovely Scotty Brand Ayrshire new potatoes. I resisted the temptation to throw a couple of bags on for the evening meal over the weekend, and plan to do something different with them over this week.
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I love potato salad, and so do the kids, but I buy it far more often than I should, as making fresh is much nicer. With the lovely new potatoes, a bag did get boiled to make potato salad.
Luxury Potato Salad
1 bag Scotty Brand new potatoes or approximately 750g.
1 level teaspoon honey mustard.
5 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
4 tablespoons of double cream.
2 teaspoons of chopped chives.
Wash potatoes and boil with a few pinches of sea salt for 10 – 15 minutes.
Leave potatoes to cool before cutting into thick slices.
Fold in mayonnaise and double cream. You may need a little more or less mayonnaise, so add it a tablespoon at a time.
Add the teaspoon of honey mustard and fold in gently until it is fully mixed. Leave this out of you don’t like mustard.
Serve with chives sprinkled on top for a decadent potato salad.
My two favourite produce providers are the reason for the fabulously speedy wolfing down of Spaghetti Bolognese for our evening meal. It’s amazing how much difference the taste of good meat and vegetables makes to the enjoyment of what we eat.
The same Scotty Brand carrots used to make the Carrot and Orange Soup, added a lovely sweetness. Combined with the gorgeously tasting steak mince from Andrew Gordon Butchery and Fine Foods in Aberdeen, the two ingredients made for a fantastic meal.
Feel free to use half portions. I had three adults and four children to feed with these proportions.
1kg Steak Mince
1 Large Onion
5 Large Carrots
Teaspoon Cinnamon or Nutmeg
500g Carton of Passata
Salt & Pepper
50g Butter (Optional)
Brown mince in a thick bottomed pan, or a good frying pan on a low heat. I added a couple of tablespoons of Rapeseed Oil to help it along.
Chop onions finely and add to the browning mince.
Slice carrots and add to the pan.
Boil the kettle and add a pint of water to the mix. Leave to simmer for 25 minutes, and top up the water if necessary.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Put the pasta on to cook.
Once the mince has simmered, add the tub of passata, turmeric and either cinnamon or nutmeg.
Simmer the passata and mince mix for 5 minutes.
Drain the pasta and use boiled water to rinse the spaghetti until it runs clear.
Add the butter to the pasta if you like the taste, and mix it through.
As a Scotty Brand Blogger, I am loving the boxes of goodies arriving with instructions on how to make something that I haven’t made before. This week, the challenge was to make Carrot and Orange soup, which I managed quite easily. I had a couple of packs of carrots torn open and being chopped within about 10 minutes of them arriving at my door.
I didn’t read the recipe properly and thought that it only needed 600ml stock and so quadrupled the contents as my boys eat huge portions of food. Don’t make the same mistake as I did, as I then had to up the milk quantity by four times as well – AND transfer my soup into a much bigger pot. I’ll give you the Scotty Brand quantities and not mine, as we ended up with an obscene amount of soup which is now stored in the freezer for other cold days to come.
I also made the cardinal mistake of doing kids homework while I put the soup ingredients together, and I had put the butter in the microwave to melt. It was after the soup was eaten that I discovered I hadn’t put it in the pot. I have to say, the soup without the butter was delicious, so I’d say it was an optional ingredient and all in all, the recipe is fabulous and can cope well with some modifications.
450g Scotty Brand carrots sliced
1 chopped onion
65g plain flour
600ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 orange (juice and rind)
Salt and finely ground pepper
Melt butter and add onions and carrots (I just added the onions and carrots to the pot with the stock and flour).
Cook gently, and stir in the flour and cook for a further 1/2 mins (oops, I missed this step).
Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, then simmer for 20/30 minutes (you really have to stir frequently because of the milk).
Liquidise before adding orange juice and shredded rind (I left out the rind as one of my boys doesn’t do bits in soup).
Serve sprinkled with parsley and, if you like, a dollop of fresh cream or plain yogurt.
Making potato soup is a big Scottish thing I think. It’s often so cold here that soups are ideal for little snacks and to warm us up when we’re cold.
One of Scottish Mum and no measuring recipes again, and I just judge how much goes in by the size of my pot. I used a big pot for this, so I used a whole 2kg bag of gorgeous Scotty Brand Kestrel potatoes which I was sent to make meals with.
This served 6 people about 3 times, so if you have a smaller family, make half the recipe, or freeze for future meals.
2 kg potatoes diced
0.5 kg carrots chopped
half a small turnip – chopped
two small or one big onion
stock cube x 3
Make stock from the Turkey leg. I used it straight in the pot, and let it simmer for two hours with the stock cubes and enough water to cover the Turkey leg completely.
Remove the Turkey leg.
Make sure there are no Turkey bits in your stock by straining the liquid.
Add potatoes, carrot and turnip and onions.
Add water to cover. I just fill with water from the kettle till all vegetables are covered by a good couple of inches, often more.
Simmer for 40 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with warm bread.
The one thing no foodie will say is that the soup should be spoiled by the addition of anything else, but one of my boys won’t eat home made soup unless it is a tin of Heinz Tomato Soup. We compromised and he has his own little pot which is mixed with Heinz. He still gets the goodness of the Turkey and Potato Soup so I’m happy not to fight this battle.
We received our package of potatoes from Scotty Brand just before we headed up to the top of Scotland with our caravan. Sending a pack by way of my brother and his wife, I took 3 bags of their lovely potatoes with us. We had a couple of baked potato meals, that I didn’t manage to get pictures of before my 3 strapping lads tucked into them.
On the days I made slow cooked soup and meatball casserole, I was much quicker off the mark. For casseroles and soups, I rarely measure out ingredients unless it is to add spices and strong flavours. At home, my slow cooker is a huge 6.5L pot, and there is always some left over to freeze for another day, but the pot for caravan cooking is 3L and makes just enough to feed the family for one meal.
For slow cooked meatball casserole done where space is limited.
2kg potatoes, peeled and sliced
couple of carrots, sliced
teaspoon of ginger paste
few cumin seeds
2 x stock cubes
I would usually pan fry the meatballs and onions, but being short of space in the van, I just threw them in the pot with the potatoes, carrots, ginger paste, cumin seeds and clove of garlic. Sprinkle in the stock cubes with a dash of salt and pepper.
Add enough boiling water to read almost up to the top of your ingredients, turn the slow cooker on, 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on slow.
I had no cornflour with me, so some gravy granules it had to be for a thickener, a little more salt and pepper to taste, and then it was simply served up to hungry children.
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