Roast potatoes 

Being Irish, lends itself to having a fond affinity to the National food treasure – the Potato. It was at one stage our sole staple food source and has such a massive historic background in our struggle during the Great Irish famine. It is therefore known to be considered as our national comfort food. 

Potatoes have heaps of health benefits too from being a natural low calorie food – they are a great source of B6, potassium, Copper, VitC, dietary fibre and pantothenic acid, however most people deep fry them, turn them into fatty chips, bake them and then load them with sour cream, cheese and other unhealthy cardiovascular causing and cancerous foods. So let’s stick to healthy recipes here! 

It is a no brainer when it comes to cooking potatoes that we Irish women have many variations of doing so. 

But where did they come from? The potato is a starchy tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade solanum tuberosum – a family of flowering edible plants with high economic importance. Another such plant is the tomato. Potatoes are the worlds fourth largest food crop, following maize, wheat and rice. They originated in Peru and extreme northwest Bolivia where they were domesticated approximately 7,000- 10,000 years ago. 

There are about 5,000 varieties all over the world. So wherever you are grab the closest ones nearest to you and get roasting 😁🌿

Today after a hectic week of hustle and bustle I fancied some TLC in the food style of roasted rustic potatoes and thyme. With nothing else, no sauce or heavily filled fatty added foods! I boiled some mushroom and purple long stemmed broccoli as its sole accompanying sides. 

 This is super simple and can work with all kinds of potatoes- today I used new season baby potatoes locally grown to perfection.

Recipe: Simply place a healthy portion of washed baby potatoes in an oven cooking dish with a sprinkle of olive oil and sprigs of thyme and leave in at 200c in the oven for about 30 minutes until golden crispy brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then dig in! 

  

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