is for potatoes
Yesterday I was looking for a favorite shredded sweet potato crust recipe, which I never did find. But when I turned to Google for help, I discovered February is National Potato Month and what better way to celebrate than devote the P entry in my love letter abecedarium to our fine friends the spuds.
Dear Potato –
It’s pretty easy to love you. Of course you taste good, but I don’t confine my love to the endless ways to enjoy your gastronomical delights. Seriously – you’re a TUBER – a bit of underground plant magic! You are the world’s fourth-largest food crop, with more than 4000 varieties, an excellent source of nutrition, and you come in a rainbow of colors, including purple and blue. What’s not to love about that? You’re easy to anthropomorphize and I have a great fondness for the vintage illustrations of you. You’re a reminder to stay grounded; own my own earthiness and rootedness; you’re one of my favorite root chakra foods; and the means by which to create wonderful organic potato print stamped art; and you’ve inspired countless cooks and artists. And you apparently help decide if relationships should continue on or be called off, depending on the pronunciation of your name. There’s so much to delight in about you, and I’m glad you get a whole month of devoted celebration, even if I think it’s likely the Potato Growers Association had some self-serving ambitions in mind when they created it. Doesn’t matter, I’d love you anyway.
This morning during my Monday intention setting group, a friend invoked the use of liberal use of “giggle bombs” during the week. In keeping with the encouragement, let’s poke around the potato patch and see what we can find.
I love this vintage seed packet illustration.
Potatoes may not have ears, but you do, so let’s head over to YouTube:
- potato song
- Potatotron – Brave Potato
- Original commercial clip for Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head. The you-supply-the-real-potato version, which to my mind is the only REAL deal.
This may be one of my favorite Story People tales from Brian Andreas. Archangel Michael and his flaming potato peeler sword.
I’m in love with this design of this vintage French poster from WWI urging economizing. Don’t eat so much bread, eat potatoes instead.
And with that admonition, let’s turn our attention to food and art.
- I never did find the recipe I was looking for yesterday, but I ended up making this one, and it gets a thumbs up. Mushroom and Spinach Quiche in Shredded Potato Crust
- You may be familiar with Van Gogh’s rather famous The Potato Eaters, but did you know Miro did a piece called The Potato?
Here are some more modern artists creations:
So there you have it, my mash up of potato love. What about you? Have a tuber tale to tell? Spud art to share? A favorite recipe? What have you been keeping your eyes peeled for? Do tell – you know I love to hear.