I grew up in Durban and have always had a love affair with potatoes. Fried, roasted, mashed or baked… there just had to be potatoes. I took a drive around Durban and was amazed that green grocers have a very special way of describing the humble potato….’Gravy soakers’ is the term that comes to mind. Durbanites are passionate about potatoes and I am no different. Mashed potato is my all-time favourite side dish but I did not anticipate that this would be all my first daughter, Hetal, would eat for month. She was a textbook baby and just would not anything that was not ‘white’. It had to be warm, smooth and creamy and utterly sublime! Certainly not just the boarding-school variety. My kids enjoy licking my baking spoon but the wooden spoon used to stir the mash potato is reserved for me. I make my own version of cottage pie by topping millionaires mash on spicy curry mince.
10 medium potatoes, Up-to-Date variety
200ml fresh cream
Salt to taste
Peel and cube potatoes. Boil in salted water until tender and slightly mushy. Drain potato cubes using a colander. Immediately place the potatoes back into the pot and mash while they are still hot. When the potatoes are smooth, slowly add the cream and continue mixing well. Stir in the butter.
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