I love potatoes. Who doesn’t? After all they are super yummy!
Whether it is fried as chips, baked as jacket potatoes, steamed via new potatoes or even beautiful mash, I am there. I want more, and then some more and I never stop.
Having said that, we don’t go through huge amounts of potatoes considering how much we love them. In fact one usual sized bag a week is all we actually have, or if we are feeling super greedy this will be topped up with a second bag of new potatoes.
After all, I am a carb lover and couldn’t imagine going more than a couple of days without my carb hit.
I know, there will be all those nutritionists shouting at me, that I should be much healthier and should live off fruit, vegetables and lentils. Like I would last more than a week on super healthy foods!!!!!
But this week, we had made the conscious decision to not constantly be heading back to the supermarket and topping up on things that we could make last. We have often got into the habit of spending way too much on weekly shops and going back and being greedy when we have always had enough in to last us!
Though, even I was a little shocked when come Sunday we had gone through all our potatoes. We do the weekly shop on a Thursday morning (well I write a list and Dominic goes for me) and the thought of half the week without spuds was going to be a task in itself.
Or was it?
Back track to earlier in the shop week and we had stuffed our faces with potatoes, that was a certainty.
We had the following:
Thursday – We actually escaped potatoes today (well there is a first for everything!) and instead Dominic made us all Mac & Cheese. Just like most things he cooks it tastes great and we all argue over the leftovers. There was a time when leftovers would go back in the freezer for another day, but with a good breastfeeding appetite and Kyle being a typical teenage boy, there is never such an occasion.
Friday – I love making a Friday night supper and as it’s Dominic’s work day I make us some chicken in the slow cooker. I do some Jerk Chicken and then I also make some crushed potatoes with it and it has as much garlic as I can handle!
Saturday – Tonight we had a Cobb Salad and this is served with some spicy chicken and wow I made it another day in the week without potatoes! So I am capable after all J
Sunday – OMG Dominic cooked one of his amazing Sunday roasts. All I can say is wow. We normally help ourselves and fight over the last roast potato, but on this occasion we are waiting on our new dining table so we had it on our laps and Dominic dished it up in the kitchen for us. I wonder if he had a sly roast potato while he was cooking.
Now this brings us back to present day and it’s Monday morning and I realise I have no spuds for three days. Now this is going to be a hardship. And here is my SOS call for a world without the trusted potatoes!
And here is what we end up actually having:
Monday – Lovely leftovers from the Easter weekend come out today. The neighbours are very friendly and are always giving us gifts, so we repaid them by doing some baking yesterday. And here is what was left for us including biscuits, cheese quiche and even some lovely cheese straws. It is really not good for my diet when I am left alone with some flour and butter!
Tuesday – Tuna pasta has a calling for Kyle’s first day back at school after the Easter holidays. I love tuna pasta and this particular way is one of my favourites. I cook it in a tomato sauce made with a couple of cans of tomatoes (have you read about how nutritious cans are) some fresh tomatoes, along with a cup of red wine. Beautiful especially when you add the garlic and onions to the mix. Kyle comes back for seconds and thirds so I must be onto a good thing.
Wednesday – We sort of cheated today… We were in a rush and new we wouldn’t be home in time for lunch and McDonalds just looked so tempting that I just couldn’t turn the place down. Therefore I am sat in McDonalds with their trusted French Fries and way too much salt, while Sofia sleeps in the car seat next to us both. As you can imagine, when we get home it doesn’t go down very well with our son that we have been without him!
All in all we managed fine. I think we would have done better if our alternatives were more focused around a life without potatoes. For example if I had them in I would have gone for the butternut squash as that is a firm healthy favourite of mine, but it was Easter and I fancied a treat or two…or ten…or twenty!
Though can’t wait until Thursday when I am reunited with my trusted potato.