Patatas Bravas

Having decided to have a go at patatas bravas , I needed a recipe. Step forward Felicity Cloake and her How to cook the perfect… in the Guardian . I’m starting to think it’s probably worth buying a digital subscription. It would be worth it just for her column alone , let…

Pommes Lyonnaise

I’d been trying to decide on what potato recipes to cook for myself, so I could buy the correct sort of potato. Having decided to cook patatas bravas , which require a waxy potato, I needed to find another recipe to use up the rest of the bag. Step forward Pommes Lyonnaise…

Rumbledethumps

Rumbledethumps is essentially a variation of the Irish colcannon , or the English bubble and squeak . I can remember having plenty of bubble and squeak as a child, with Mum cooking leftover mashed tatties and cabbage in a frying pan. I can’t ever remember anyone calling it…

Batata Harra

To be honest, a year ago I couldn’t have told you what batata harra was, or where it came from; Wikipedia isn’t exactly replete with information either. It turns out it’s a Lebanese dish and the name translates as spicy potatoes , it’s also pretty damn tasty. You’re…

Clapshot

Clapshot is, technically, really easy to make, just boil some neeps¹ and tatties², mash with loads of butter and pepper, stir through some chopped chives and away you go. It’s just as easy to get it wrong though, too much turnip can overpower the potato and if the turnip is too…

Pommes de Terre Dauphinoise

Pommes de Terre Dauphinoise , otherwise known as gratin dauphinois (not to be confused with pommes dauphine ), has to be one of the richest and most decadent ways of serving the humble spud. Sliced potato which is slathered in nutmeg and garlic flavoured double cream, before…

Pommes de Terre Duchesse

While browsing the list of potato dishes on the source of all that is right and correct on the internet, I stumbled upon the page for Duchess potatoes and knew instantly that I had to have a go at making them. As luck would have it, there just happened to be three egg yolks…

Pommes Dauphine

I make no apologies for the fact that I watch MasterChef , MasterChef: The Professionals and The Great British Bake Off amongst others. I know that some people slag them off and claim that they are dumbing down cooking and baking, but I disagree. I know it’s a contrived…