Friday, 25 March 2011

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I'm sure I hardly need to post a recipe for this, but I thought I'd let you all know I am still alive and kicking.

This computer change-over has been a major pain. One of the programs I have lost is my photo-editor. I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that all I was using was a free sample program that came with our printer. However, I can no longer connect the printer, and so the program is gone. (And we have to buy a new printer, ugh. There was nothing wrong with the old one.)

I'm looking at other programs to replace it but so far everything does 500 times as many things, 98% of which I don't want, and in a far more clunky and time-consuming way. Ugh. So pictures around here will have to be "au naturel" until I come up with a plan. If anyone has any suggestions I'd be happy to hear them.

4 to 6 servings
40 minutes - 20 minutes prep time, not including roasting the garlic

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
900 grams (2 pounds) potatoes
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 - 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 heads roasted garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Wash and trim the potatoes, and peel them if you are so inclined. Cut them into chunks and put them in a large pot with plenty of water to cover them. Bring to a boil and boil rapidly until tender. Drain well.

With the potatoes still in the pot, add the butter, buttermilk and garlic and mash well. It may help to pre-mash the garlic separately before adding it. Once everything is well blended, season with salt and pepper to taste, and mash it in well. Mix in the Parmesan cheese and serve at once.

Last year at this time I made Baked Beans with Cabbage & Sandwich Buns.


Anonymous said...

If you're only looking for very basic photo tweaks,

Mmm, looks like you used some purple potatoes too? Love chunky mash too.

Ms. Easter said...

Consider Google's Picasa (the free downloadable version as opposed to the 'web album' version).

Alternatively, in the interest of expanding your technical skillset, consider (free). It has a more robust set of photo and image tweaking tools.

Kevin Kossowan said...

The first time I made pink potatoes [not sure of the varietal - but they were PINK] was when feeding a food writer from our biggest newspaper who was going to do an article on me. Not the best time to pull pink potatoes out of the hat [served with red meat, and red sauce, it screamed: happy valentine's day! [which it, sadly, was not]]

Chiara M said...

Hey. Before you get rid of your printer, do a google search to see if there are any open source drivers that will allow your printer to run on your computer.

When I switched over to a Mac the software that came with my printer didn't work on a Mac but I was able to download a driver from the internet that made it work!

I don't know if you'll be able to get back the photo organizing software though, in which case I'd second Picasa. It's very easy to use.

by Mama B said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I love reading your blog, and nominated it for the One Lovely Blog award.

Ferdzy said...

Thanks everybody for the suggestions. I'm checking out both Irfanview and Picasa. I'll see which one I like better. I have looked at Paint in the past but again, it seemed a bit much for what I actually do. But I really appreciate all the ideas.

Kevin - that was PINK. Do I need to write about menu planning? LOL.

Chiara, thank you for your idea. We didn't know such softwear existed! Unfortunately it turns out that our printer is one of the most difficult printers to change over so we have decided to pass on trying but it's good to know that it's possible.

MamaB, thanks! I appreciate you thinking of me and I'll go have a look at it.