Tuesday, February 25, 2014

'P' is for potatoes

"Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips."
Charles Dickens

Living in Victorian Britain, Dickens would have eaten a very well balanced diet consisting largely of local and seasonal organic fruit and vegetables. 
Funny, how despite the progress of the intervening years we’re now busy striving for those same ideals.
I am imagining Dickens mulling over the onomatopoeia of ‘potatoes’ while I toss up which seed potatoes to buy this year. 
Sarah Raven’s potato trial results are a great starting point as I ponder early, mid and late, and boil, mash and bake.
And then there are some varieties.. like Belle de Fontenay, that simply sound so mellifluent that I'm sure Dickens would have been seduced too!

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