Time to start the potatoes. Terje has four different types, and then my father came with three more. Dad, aged 83, has decided to become a "potato farmer". With no garden of his own he uses some of ours :-)
Potato farmer after the work is done? Or may be a potato Lord :-)
Tomorrow is St.Olav's Day. I took alot of photos on my way to work this morning of the Pilegrim Center and the Cathedral, still quiet, almost asleep, getting ready for the buzz of activities which starts later today. There might be a St.Olav post tomorrow :-)
Today though, there is time for another potato recipe. This time not with the potatoes from our garden, I will give them some more time to grow, but fresh potatoes from a local market.
Sunday we grilled at the cabin. Rainy, so we placed the grill on the veranda while we ate indoors. The rain played with me though and stopped just long enough for my potato photo session. With roses and a blue table.
Out main summer potato recipe is a very simple cold potato salad with diced boiled potatoes, olive oil, salt and chives.
Peel and boil the potatoes, the time depends on the size of the potatoes, but usually I boil them for 25-30 minutes. Dice the potatoes while they are still almost too hot to handle. Mix them with extra virgin olive oil, be generous with the oil, then sprinkle them with salt, I prefere Maldon salt and I send a thought to my friend Carol in Maldon, and chives freshly cut from the garden, if possible.
A friend of mine gave me this recipe many years ago, and at once it became a summer favorite in The Blue Garden and The Blue Café.
Sunday we decided to check on the new potatoes. Well, I decided that Terje was to do a check! He was sure it was too early yet. I had a plan though, to make a special dish with mini potatoes.
After a lovely fish meal with one of the deans in the diocese in the early spring, I praised the potatoes (and the fish) so much that the only thing the dean could do was to give me a box of potatoes ready to plant. This special type of potato, called Molt can not be found in the grocery stores.
Proudly I came home to present Terje with the potatoe box, and he knew that the only thing he could do was to prepare the potatoe field.
The potatoes were planted, and every morning, during my garden walk, I have been checking on the growing potato grass. When we came home from vacation a couple of weeks ago the grass had started to bloom, and it was with a hard beating heart I watched Terje dig for the first ones on Sunday.
18 small potatoes under the one plant he dug out! That's something!
I washed them, but did not peel them. The skin is part of the delicatessen when the potatoes are new. Then I boiled them for just a few minutes before frying them in extra virgin olive oil. Before serving the small gold beads were sprinkled in Maldon salt.
While the potatoes boiled I picked the green for a Blue Garden salad and Terje sat up the grill. Sunday dinner in our favorite restaurant, The Blue Café.
All texts and photos by Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland
I am living in a red house surrounded by a blue garden near Trondheim, Norway. I love everydays and post about my steps through life. Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods is open to everybody. Welcome over!