Saturday, September 23, 2006

Potatoes are my waterloo.

I'm a pretty good cook. Not like gourmet quality, but sometimes I do well. Last week, I made the best chicken soup I've ever turned out, I think.

So why can't I ever get fried potatoes right?

At least I had good, exciting, fun news to balance out the demise of my breakfast this morning. It has to do with ebay and yarn.

I heard a pounding on my door as I sat here sipping coffee and reading blogs in my nightie, and not having a chance to put anything else on because the postman began pounding again, I opened the door.

"Didn't wake you, did I?"

No, I laughed, and joked about wondering who would come see me so early in the morning (it's eleven am).

My merriment (augmented by the priority mail package he held out) went unnoticed, preoccupied as he was with getting a good look at my boobs before I shut the door.

But there's yarn! I'll tell ya more soon.


At 9:49 AM, Blogger Freddy the Prayer Warrior said...

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At 9:49 AM, Blogger Freddy the Prayer Warrior said...

Geez. Somebody's up early.

You might try chopping/slicing up the tater into smaller pieces. Or use a grater. Or nuke it first, then fry it.
Hell, I don't know.
Potatoes are my abu ghraib.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Laura said...

i always have a hard time with fried potatoes too. either not done enough or burnt. sometimes even both at the same time. i think if you use already cooked potatoes it is easier to get them to turn out right.

can't wait to hear about this package! sounds exciting!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger jennifer said...

ha! i'm waiting for all the potato advice to come rolling in. i'm not very good with them either...

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Bummer about the spuds, but don't keep us in suspenders - what was in the box?!

At 5:56 AM, Blogger Jaimi said...

If you cook them first it helps. Not all the way, maybe halfway or so? Also, they turn out best in a cast iron skillet. It heats more evenly or something.

At 11:20 AM, Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

*L* My mail man always teases me about buying yarn, I tease him about sitting in a glorified tree house looking for deer, in the cold for hours on end! *L*
Maybe your pan is too hot when your cooking your potatoes, or not enough oil? hmmm, just had a thought. What if you cooked the potatoes whole in the microwave, then cut it up and browned it. Wonder if that would work. Anyway.. WHATS IN THE BOX???

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Ashley said...

This always happens to me with the UPS man. I really think he mustt hink that I'm the laziest person in existence, sittting aound the house in my PJs until all hours of thea fternoon. But really, if it's not a teaching day, why get dressed?

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Oooo, yarn! Good thing to arrive at the doorstep!

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Kodachrome Knits said...

Potatoes! I love them, but I can't cook 'em either. In fact, I've been known to burn them black-black-black and so my family now never comes for brunch chez kodachrome... And what's up with the "cook them first" advice. Isn't that what you're doing? Cooking them, I mean.
As for the yarn box: is this the birthday yarn already arriving? Reveal all soon!!
PS: Okay, I sorta know what people mean by "cook the potatoes first" but you must admit it, it sounds funny given that you have just cooked the beejeepers out of them (as made obvious by the photo in the post!)

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like to bake my potatoes with spices.. havent really tried frying them.. and wouldya pls share the recipe of the chicken soup.. am down with a cold.. and i cant wait to see yarn photos!!

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Pete said...

Hi, Olga.

My potatoes generally turn out OK. I cube them pretty small and pretty evenly and use a cast iron skillet. Maybe the problem is what you are cooking them on. I find that on a decently seasoned cast iron skillet, the potatoes eventually absorb the oil but get mysteriously non-sticky toward the end of the cooking process. Microwaving is OK if you're in a rush, but the potatoes tend to be a little mushy and Kerby Lane-ish. Hope all is well.


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