Ah, potatoes. I usually buy my potatoes from someone who comes around selling them. Usually it is a guy, but lately there have been some women selling potatoes, too. They bring them in a huge woven bag (called a noken) and usually want you to buy the entire thing. Last time I split a noken of potatoes with Amber because I can’t use that many potatoes! I think I bought these not too long after we got back from furlough. Yes, 3 months ago. I honestly don’t use potatoes that much in my cooking.
So, what happens to potatoes here, the longer they sit? Unless, of course, they get moldy first…
And not just any old sprout, these have funky purple alien things coming out of them! Just look and see….
And, another one:
Why the potatoes all of a sudden? Well, let me give you the long version of the story…
Dan was supposed to go to Nabire but the pilot who was going to come pick him up and fly back with him was kind of late, and ended up having to spend the night here in Wamena. So instead of Dan being gone and it only being me and the girls for dinner, I instead had to come up with dinner for a guest on the spur of the moment. No worries, that is my life!
I thought Dan might enjoy grilling, so I pulled some hot dogs out of the freezer (ordered from Bali), opened up a can of baked beans (imported from the States, but bought in Timika), started bread dough for hot dog buns, and decided to make potato salad. Of course this meant peeling potatoes.
But, when I looked at my recipe, I was a little confused. The recipe called for 4-5 large potatoes. I halved the recipe, so that would be about 2 large potatoes, right? But here’s my question:
How many of these….
… does it take to equal one large potato???
Yes, that is about the usual size of potatoes that we have here! See my basketful?
It makes peeling them quite the chore, and even if I decide to leave the skins on and just scrub them, it’s still pretty tedious work!
I finally just peeled a bunch, piled them in a bowl, and decided that was enough.
And the potato salad (and the rest of the dinner, for that matter!) turned out great. If anything, I had too MANY potatoes!