Friday, 3 April 2015

Chit for Chips


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"Huh", I hear you cry.  "What's she talking about, chit for chips".
Well, let me tell you, it's all about potatoes.  The humble potato.

I realise many people now a days seem to avoid eating carbs, potatoes obviously being included there.  But I can honestly say that that isn't the case in our household.  Mr E regularly tells me "you can't ever have enough potatoes!" and a potato delivery van in our home town carries the motto "eat more potatoes" which Mr E wants to buy!! Well not really, but you get my drift?

Potatoes actually are really nutritious being a valuable source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, fibre and Iron. Have a read here to learn a little more about the nutrition of the humble potato.

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Potatoes, as we all know, are so versatile in that they can be prepared in so many ways -  mashed, steamed, boiled, chipped, roasted and baked.  Though quite often we slather them in butter, cream and mayo thus adding many extra calories to our evening meal.  For a few healthier ways to eat this humble tuber, have a look here or even try a jacket potato with my posh beans.


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 Isn't it a pain when you buy some potatoes with the intention of mashing them for a shepherd's pie, for instance, and they just break up in the water. There are so many different types of potatoes available, from Maris Piper to Jersey Royals, it can be difficult to choose the right one of the job.  The web site 'Love Potatoes' clearly identifies which potato to buy for those different jobs.

Now, the reason why I've posted this 'all things potatoes' now is simply because Easter is traditionally the time of year to be planting the seed potatoes.  Seed potatoes do still look like the spuds we cook with, but they have been specially selected and are certified virus free.  These are then allowed to grow a few shoots (called chits, hence the name of the post!) and the seed is then planted. It's that easy! 
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If you would like to have a read about growing your own potatoes in more detail, have a look here.  Though, trust me it is really straight forward.  We grew some a couple of years ago and the taste of freshly harvested, home grown potatoes is far superior to those bought in plastic bags from the supermarket!  I recall we grew some King Edwards and Pink Fir Apple (yup, they are potatoes) in containers and they were lovely.  Granted they may have produced a slightly larger harvest had they been in the ground, but being restricted in space meant we used containers.  You can even buy potato grow sacks for this very purpose, Amazon have a good range of them, as do B&Q.

Potato plants. Image courtesy of Pixabay
There's a massive range of potatoes which you can choose from, Thompson and Morgan have a great list to give you ideas, though places like Wilkinsons actually stock a very good range of seed potatoes. A neighbour gave us some of her Vivaldi harvest last year and they were amazing.  We steamed them that evening to accompany our meal and they were beautiful!  

Are you going to try growing a few potato this year? Have you got any healthy potato recipes?

Happy Easter to one all!  Why not have a go at making our Easter Hatchlings!?











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2 comments:

  1. I've never tried growing potaoes but sounds awesome. I do love a good spud. I really like boiled potatoes the best, they still taste delicious but without lots of oil etc! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Oh, Jasmin, if you have a little spare space you must try growing some - it's so easy. Even just pop one of your regular eating potatoes in the ground would work if they've sprouted!
      I'm with you on the oil front - I don't like my food covered in the stuff either. Though we prefer our potatoes steamed - even if we're eating them whole like a boiled potatoes.
      Angela x
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