My Inherited Kitchen

Cooking for people who can't cook but now have to

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Month: May 2017

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How to boil potatoes without burning your fingers

Anyone can boil potatoes. All you do is boil some water in a pan and put the peeled and cut potatoes into the hot water. The potatoes then splash into the water burning your fingers and making the hob messy. No wonder some people who treasure their fingers avoid boiling potatoes.

Is there a better way?

The recipes I’d read just said put the potatoes into boiling water. So I just followed instructions. Now I’ve discovered what other cooks do to avoid burning their fingers and making a mess of the the hob. They put the potatoes into the water before boiling the water. No more burned fingers and only using the right amount of water needed to cover the potatoes means less splashing while cooking.  Once the water is boiling just turn it down to simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes start to soften.

Does this work for pasta?

No. Nice idea though. One alternative to reducing the risk of splashing boiling water is to only use the amount of water specified in the My Inherited Kitchen recipes. The other way is to put the pasta into a measuring jug and pour it into the water just a centimetre or two above the boiling water.

If you know of any other less finger burning methods please let me know.




Real pies from the Manze pie shop with green liquor – the verdict

Pie, green liquor and mash from Manze. The food treat of my London childhood. So what was it like after all those years? The pies and green liquor were delivered in an ice box and all I had to do was make some mash potatoes. This gave me long enough to reminisce – if it’s possible to do that with pies.

The pies were smaller than I remember but of course so was I. The green liquor was full of parsley and looked the same. So what about the taste? To me everything needed more seasoning and stronger flavours. Most probably the pies are the same but my taste has changed so it seemed a bit bland. I enjoyed the memories it brought back more than the meal but those memories were the most important bit. Then I found out how that I’d got a couple of things wrong.

Christine told me what I was doing wrong

First you must have two pies. My school boy error – no wonder I thought they were small.  You have to turn the pies upside down, cut them open and then put lots of vinegar and pepper on them. Christine accurately describes the result as Yummy.

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