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Shopping Around The World

We’re both helping mom today.  Oh right……this is Shopping Around the World with our grand host Bacon of Piglove.                                                                   

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

We all decided to make Balsamic Potatoes for our recipe of the month.  It’s summery cause you should use new potatoes and right out of the garden…..could anything be fresher.  Now I feel like a proud momma cause I tended these taters and the reason mom and dad are eating taters and not  dirt is cause of moi.                                                                          I inspected them Shoko and you did a fine job for a nip head. MOL

Oh my…I’m blurry today….not a good sign.  C’mon Shoko let’s get mom moving on the recipe.  Think she’s getting blurry too. MOL                                                                         

SHOKO…..BLACK

Alright, here is the recipe for Balsamic New Potatoes my friends.  I really thought mom was going to marinate a balsam tree in vinegar….who knew they actually do this in the store….well paint my whiskers white and call me Santa!

Roasted Balsamic New Potatoes

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil….Terra olive oil 500ml…$4.98
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme….garden
1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crushed…garden
1/8 tsp. nutmeg………Club House, 43 grams, $1.94
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped……Fresh Colossal Garlic, $0.99 each.
2 lb. new red potatoes
3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar……Unico. 500 ml…..$3.28
1/4 tsp. salt…cupboard
1/8 tsp. pepper…cupboard                                                             Now pay attention to the steps as they’re important.

STEPS

Preheat oven to 375F

In a 1 cup measuring cup, mix olive oil, thyme, rosemary, nutmeg and garlic.

Cur potatoes in half. spread on non-stick 15x10x1 inch pan.  Drizzle with olive oil mixture; toss to coat.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are golden and slightly crispy.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, toss to coat.  Bake 5 minutes longer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Let’s have the picture mom took Shoko.  Um…looks like she never took a picture.  What?  So what are we suppose to do now?  I got it…let’s show what they should look like.                                                                          These are beautiful potatoes.  They look scrumptious.

Should we tell our friends what happened to mom’s Roasted Balsamic New Potatoes, Kali.  I’m embarrassed Shoko.  Heck Kali we didn’t do it…we’re not to blame this time.

Well, mom and dad ate the potatoes and really liked them….honest!  Mom thought they could be cooked a bit longer so put the potatoes in the oven for 20 minutes after supper.  She even set the timer.  However she never started the timer.  Ding dong….da witch is alive and cooking. MOL                                                                                   To make a long story short…..mom decided to check the potatoes cause the timer never went off.  Well this was an hour later and the poor potatoes didn’t look like potatoes anymore.  They were a charcoal mess.  Mom wasted the potatoes I worked so hard to keep moist and happy!  This is our sad tale of mom on a blurry recipe day.

Kali let’s go and have our Fancy Feast.  It’ll taste pretty good after mom’s fiasco.                                                                           Are you brave enough to try this recipe?

 

 

 

 

Shopping Around The World

Here it is time for Shopping Around The World brought to you  by Piglove and Fozziemum.

Shopping Around the World

Shopping Around the World

 

 

The challenge this month was to price 5 different items in 2 grocery stores and then make some dish with these items.  So here goes my friends:

These are the items:

Superstore                                        Save On

new potatoes                             $ 0.98 Lb.                                     no new potatoes

large eggs                                    $2.47 doz                                    $2.99 doz

celery                                            $1.77                                           $0.89

green onions                                $0.77                                          $0.99

Hellman’s Mayo                           $3.89  750 ml.                           $4.49 750 ml

I made Potato salad for two.  Romantic eh?

Boil 6 of the new potatoes.  Cool them down as they will be too hot to handle.Cut up  potatoes in wedges small enough to get in your mouth.  These are the size of new potatoes dug up in mid July around here.  Chop about 1 stalk of celery into potatoes.  Slice thinly or you’ll choke on them.    While you are busy chopping, turn on the stove with your third arm, bring an egg to the boil…..the egg is still wearing its shell.  We’ll undress it later. Meanwhile with this third arm slice some green onions so they look pretty in the mixture.   Once the egg has just come to the boil, turn off the stove and let the egg sit….stewing in it’s own water for 20 minutes.  You should have finished chopping by now, if you haven’t, you’ll just have to grow a fourth arm as when the 20 minutes are up, plunge the egg into ice cold water.  We’re going to try and shock him out of his shell.  If, he’s still in his shell when the egg cools, you’ll have to manually pull his shell off.  He won’t scream so all should be quiet.  The sooner you pull the shell off the easier it is suppose to be both for the egg and you….that’s what, “The Science of Cooking” says anywho.  Now the egg is free.  Now that he is free lets slowly cut him up.  Do I have you feeling sorry for the egg?  Good.  You should feel some compassion as you dive into your salad.  Lastly. add your mayo.  Add whatever amount is tasty to you.  Voila…your potato salad.

The potato salad probably costs about$1…depending on the poundage of mayo you use.  I have many herbs that I will add so that the basic potato salad recipe tastes delish and different each time.

If you want more in your potato salad….try different items such as grated cheese, bacon, (sorry Bacon…this is turkey bacon…ya right)pickles, olives, garlic…..anything you can dream up that would go nicely.