Every year I grow my potato crop in these big heavy cloth bags. I line the bottom with soil, place pieces of seed potatoes in, making sure each piece has 2-3 eyes, then cover them with more soil. When the green leaves start pushing up to the surface, I cover them with still more soil. This process continues until I reach the top of the bag. The leaves push through again, then send up tall leafy stalks. They are quite beautiful for awhile until suddenly in late summer, the beautiful green stalks start turning yellow and begin to topple over – signaling harvest time. I cut away the surface of tangled growth, turn the bag over, and start digging – pushing the soil away to reveal those beautiful golden nuggets of goodness. My mouth begins to water just thinking about all the ways I will cook them; roasted or mashed. Sliced & layered with cheese for a gratin. Cut into strips for oven fries. . . so much potential!
As we move through our journey of self exploration (excavation?) it seems we have a lot in common with the humble potato. We begin clearing away the tangled surface, pushing away the soil of self doubt that we have heaped upon ourselves over the years – to reveal the golden nuggets of our truth. So much potential!
Food for thought!
Speaking of food, here’s a recipe for you to try – Gratin of Yukon Gold Potatoes. This gratin is not as heavy as the traditional variety because stock is used in place of the heavy cream. The result is a lighter gratin that allows the full flavor of the potato to shine. I hope you will give it a try. You can download it HERE. If you are interested in other recipes, click on the recipe tab of this blog. Bon Appetit!