As the festive season approachs... I think creativity is a good definition of "spiritual" for those of us who aren't religious (or, indeed, aren't even spiritual). Adding something new and meaningful to the world leaves both the world and the creator better off, not to mention the creation itself of course. Whether it's writing a book, tending a garden, raising a child, baking a cake, or knitting a sock (yes, even knitting), these are all expressions of ourselves that, hopefully, enrich the world a little piece at a time.
And now, here is my recipe for spiritually sound roast potatoes.
- Preheat oven to 230C.
- Peel and cube potatoes - about 1 large potato per person, although after you've made these once people are going to demand larger servings.
- Par-boil (drop in boiling water for 10 minutes until half-cooked).
- Drain water.
- Place lid on saucepan and shake hard a few times to roughen up the potatoes. They will look sort of furry. This is the important step! It's those rough bits that will turn into a yummy crispy coating.
- Place furry potatoes on baking sheet greased with olive oil. Brush oil over tops of potatoes.
- Sprinkle with tarragon, salt and pepper, and powdered chili or paprika if you're feeling adventurous.
- Bake about 40 minutes or longer, turning a couple of times.
- Eat with dinner.