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[30 day challenge] Something amazing 
Nov. 17, 2013 5:08 am 
Updated: Nov. 18, 2013 6:16 am

Random Observation/Comment #379: I love mashed potatoes. It's become a bit of an obsession that I've controlled over the years. When it's Thanksgiving, I eat it like a maniac and mix it with everything possible. That's my exception day.


Recipe: Something amazing – Garlic mashed potatoes


I made a fairly simple mashed potatoes, but as mentioned in the last post with oxtail soup, I used the soup broth as the boiling water for the potatoes. The flavor from the oxtail and carrots definitely had some effect. I used a ricer (bought from Ikea) to make sure the consistency was creamy, and I also left the skin on for some of the potatoes so it would have some hard consistency. Of course, some heavy cream, butter, and love was added to the mix.



Lessons Learned:

Photos from the meal are available here: http://seelemonslive.com/#jp-carousel-4603<

  •  The ricer is absolutely key if you don't have a beater. I think the creamy texture is best achieved by not over-boiling the potatoes (or else there's too much water leftover), but rather squeezed from the ricer.
  • Don't skin the potatoes all the way. The extra skin makes the mashed potatoes look more authentic and I think it adds to the taste.
  • Salt to taste from the pot while boiling the potatoes, and add the butter and milk mixture to consistency. I don't measure these, but rather add small amounts and keep mixing until I get the right taste and texture
  • I miss my Goo Jerng's famous gravy. I still don't know the full recipe, so I guess it will be lost forever. I'm not even going to try to replicate it.

Final Thoughts:


Notice the difference in bowl size. I will distribute generously to my friends, but I'm totally going to lick the bowl. Other recipes are much appreciated! Please message me if you have your own and I will try it. I tend to have my mashed potatoes like some people have their ketchup. I like mashed potatoes on my mashed potatoes mixed with everything possible.

~See Lemons Eat Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Nov. 17, 2013 3:10 pm
While living in Belgium we ate various varieties of Stoemp, mashed potatoes made with root vegetables such as carrots mixed in (although I have had it with spinach. It was often paired with a couple of hearty sausages :)
Nov. 18, 2013 6:16 am
Nice story! Cute pic of you being miserly with your potatoes! I, too, love mashed, but being too lazy to make them from scratch, I supplement my craving with INSTANT! I bet you're cringing! But if you've never tried Idahoan brand, you should. I even buy the generic plain ones & dress them up myself (ie: loaded baked potato). I consider myself a TRUE potato addict, since I'll eat them however I can get 'em...And keep cooking! Log onto "the buzz" for some fun with fellow foodies, too!
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I love side projects. They keep me engaged in life and all those new things to learn every day. I'm an avid blogger (seelemonslive.com), photographer, traveler, table tennis player, and cook. I learned how to cook from my mom (who is phenomenal), but really did my own trial and error through the typical college years of combining whatever was in the refrigerator. While I was backpacking through Europe, I had to do something similar to make use of my Swiss army knife and whatever little pans they had available. Now, I just like exploring new recipes and cooking to see the smile on my friends' faces.
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I love mashed potatoes. It's my favorite food and peeling potatoes is somewhat theraputic to me. I also love making omelets for some reason.
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I tend to eat while I cook, so by the time I'm done cooking, I'm pretty much already full.
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I once put string cheese in my omelet and it turned out to be the best thing ever. I also made Thanksgiving dinner last year all by myself and even got the timing right so nothing got cold.
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I'm terrbile at baking because I don't like to follow recipes and measure exactly. I once made a cake that just looked sad... so sad...
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