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Sunny Mash

February 20, 2012

It’s noticeable now that the mornings are lighter earlier and the evenings are lighter later. It feels a little as if Spring might be on the horizon (although this morning it was a rather bracing -3 and very frosty; it was sunny though). It’s beginning to feel as if we can, with some justification, begin to leave the winter vegetables behind.

So it was a bit strange that for some reason I bought a swede from Annie’s fruit and veg shop. It was quite a nice looking swede, locally grown and cheap too, and I don’t think I’ve bought a swede for ages – probably because the kids don’t like it. I quite like swede occasionally with a lot of butter and pepper, but  not after a marathon of parsnip eating. Too many root vegetables. Too much winter austerity. Not sure what I was thinking of really.

To make  matters worse there was still a sweet potato in the fridge and a couple of sorry looking parsnips that needed eating. I decided to peel, chop and cook them all and then mash the lot together. The raw vegetables looked quite ordinary really and I didn’t expect much from them. But when cooked and mashed they metamorphosed into an unexpectedly wonderful, uplifting, sunny yellow delicacy. Amazing. What’s not to like?

Well actually, the taste. It was very very sweet. Touch and go whether I should add an egg and some flour and call it a cake. Fortunately, my neighbour called round with a bag of leeks. Nuff said. To the mash I added chopped leeks which had been slowly braised in olive oil with a lot of salt and a lot of black pepper. The result was, sadly, not so beautiful, but infinitely more edible. Arlo ate a reasonable amount (with quite a lot of curried baked beans to take the taste away). Poppy couldn’t be persuaded. The beloved loved it.


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