Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Hot Potato, hot potato....hot potato, hot potato

Those Wiggles sure know what they're talking about...I may not agree with the cold spaghetti or the mashed banana... but Hot potato certainly is the thing. Particularly in Autumn and Winter as it is here down under. While those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are complaining of heatwaves and hot days, down here (particularly right down here in Melbourne) we are getting chilblains.

So what better to warm up with than a hot potato...
or in this case POTATO SOUP.

INGREDIENTS. - 2 lbs. of potatoes
1 leek
1 stick of celery
1 1/2 pints of milk
2 oz. of butter
2 oz. of sago or tapioca
salt and pepper
2 quarts of water


MODE. - Cut up the vegetables, using only the white part of the leek, and put them in a lined saucepan with the butter.
Let them cook for about 10 minutes but not take colour; then add the milk and water and boil about 3/4 of an hour, or till it is soft enough to run through a fine sieve.
Boil it again, adding more milk if necessary, and the sago, which should simmer, till transparent.

TIME. 1 1/4 hours or rather more. Average Cost, 10d. SUFFICIENT for 6 persons. SEASONABLE in winter.

I thought this was quite tasty. My husband did not. Still, there's no accounting for taste. Requires some salt.


Packrat said...

Glad to see you back on-line. The weather here hasn't made up its mind that it is really summer. No chilblains allowed. Bundle up. :)

My favorite potato soup (but not my husband's - he would like yours) is made by sauteing onions, celery, cut up bacon or smoked ham together until the bacon/ham is done (can add garlic if you wish). Add these ingredients and a little of the bacon drippings and cut up potatoes to hot chicken broth. Bring to boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender. Serve with salt, (fresh ground black) pepper, and crumbled bleu cheese. This tastes even better after it has been re-warmed. (I wait to salt the potatoes, because I never know how salty the ham or bacon or broth might be. Also depends on how much bacon or ham I use.)

Packrat said...

PS Forgot that you can add canned clams or shrimp or ? to this.

weenie_elise said...

my favourite potato soup is a lot like yours although I add a tin of corn and some milk, and a heck of a lot of parsley... making delicious Corn Chowder. I am planning to post the recipe even though it's not a Mrs B approved recipe...