Don’t Drop a Potato Down the Disposal

photo 1 (8)I realized I didn’t have potatoes in like a few months, so I figured it was probably time to learn how to make potatoes on my own. Plus I found this recipe that used parsley, which I needed to use up before it went bad.

Some things I learned: potatoes take much more time to make than I would have thought. I also learned to make sure I put water completely covering the potatoes because otherwise they won’t actually cook for the first ten minutes.

As well, be careful when dumping out the water from the pot into the sink. I accidentally dropped one potato down the disposal, which was very sad because an extra potato would have meant more scrumptious food. Woops. I tried to get out out of the disposal, lest it still look edible, but the potato was cooked so perfectly I wasn’t able to get it out.

photo 2 (9)The recipe I used for these potatoes was pretty simple. You mix together olive oil, salt, garlic salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and parsley. The recipe also says you can add jalapeño pepper but I figured the cayenne pepper would give it enough of a kick.

I would recommend chopping up the parsley. The recipe doesn’t specifically say you should but if you look at the pictures, the parsley was definitely chopped up. I tried doing it in the bowl after I mixed together the mixture and it didn’t really work out.

photo 1 (9)Then you’re supposed to use a fork and mash the potatoes up. My sister is really good at mashing potatoes. I clearly didn’t inherit that skill because they weren’t really mashing up, so I just ended up cutting them.

After you mash the potatoes, you drizzle on the mixture you created and pop them in the preheated oven for a half hour.

Tphoto 3 (8)hese potatoes are probably one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. However, you really can’t eat these potatoes without a glass or two of milk or water. They definitely have a kick to them that make them a little spicy. If you’re like me and don’t like spicy food, don’t add in the jalapeño peppers. The rest of the mixture will be hot enough.

I would highly recommend trying these. Although they take a long time to make, I know I shall be eating these again!

…But next time I will make sure I don’t drop a potato down the disposal.

Guacamole: A Lesson In Dicing and Mincing

Up until I recently, I didn’t realize how life changing avocado is. Avocado is super healthy for you and can be used for just about any meal. By far though, my favorite use for avocado is guacamole.

 photo 2 (4)This is the best recipe for guacamole that I’ve found. While it doesn’t taste exactly like Chipotle’s guac, it’s still super scrumptious. This recipe calls for avocados, lime, salt, onion, cilantro, tomatoes, garlic and cayenne pepper. I don’t use cayenne pepper since the garlic gives the guacamole enough of a kick.

The first time I made this guacamole, it took me about an hour to make just because I had to look up every single thing. Like what’s diced onion? How does dicing differ from mincing? I don’t know how people cooked before the internet.

What’s diced onion? WikiHow explains it here. Basically you just peel the skin off the onion, cut the onion ends off, cut it in half, cut the onion in strips with the flat end facing downward, and then cut the other direction.

photo 3 (2)What’s minced garlic? WikiHow explains it here. Just cut off the hard end of the garlic, peel off the skin, cut in strips lengthwise, then cut the other direction. To make it super thin, run the knife across the garlic again.

While I ate a majority of the guacamole before I remembered to take a picture, here’s a picture of the avocados partly mashed. I absolutely love this picture because everything looks so fresh! Fresh guac is probably one of my most favorite things in the world. Hope you enjoy!