Hot Pink Potatoes

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

We were fortunate to have Husband's lovely mum with us for a week recently, and it was great fun cooking up lovely dinners in the evening to enjoy al fresco while the kids played in the garden.

We've been harvesting goodies from our vegie patch including berry tomatoes, green beans, herbs, zucchini and the most stunning thatch of pink potatoes which inspired me to whip up my own version of Nigella Lawson's hot pink potato salad.

I also roasted some pumpkin for the salad (store bought but our own are on the way!), blanched our beans and tried fried green tomatoes for the first time ever - you just slice thickly and dip in cornmeal or breadcrumbs or polenta and shallow fry til golden. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and don't overcook. Delish, especially when combined with the other vegetables, roasted baby tomatoes and served on a bed of baby spinach with a sprinkling of creamy Danish feta.

For my pink potato salad, plonk potatoes into cold water and bring to the boil with lots of salt. Boil till just tender. Drain and cool, rub off skins. Cut into chunks. Add half a tub of crème fraîche (or sour cream at a pinch - no mayo!), lots of sea salt flakes, and cracked black pepper.

Gently stir through half a red onion, halved and sliced finely, and a small can of beetroot wedges (or roast your own), including half the juice. Add a tumble of chopped flat leaf parsley and small sprinkling of chives.

Serve straight away so it's just warm. Do not serve cold. You'll never go back to regular potato salad after this one.


Anonymous said...

Oh I do love Nigella - I am addicted to her curry baked potato salad! TB

posiepatchwork said...

Well well well, 'tis the time for harvesting. I have spied many blogs lately who are showing off a good mid Summer crop of herbs, vegetables . . . some tips on the tomatoes please. We don't seem to be able to get ours to ripen, or the second they do & drop, worm holes appear. Should i cut them a tad earlier & ripen indoors?? I have 4 EXTREMELY keen vegetable gazers desperate to try their own produce. I'm doing potatoes this Winter. We're not McClellands (by way of Ireland) for nothing, we LOVE our potatoes!! Love Posie

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