Digging for Gold

  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 Рsignaling harvest time. I cut away the surface of tangled growth, turn the bag over, and start digging Рpushing 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!



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9 Responses to Digging for Gold

  1. Cathy says:

    In the past I have raised beds and beds of potatoes. Nothing is like a homegrown potato. I miss my veggie patch this year. Enjoy…. I love your big smile in that first photo and your words ring so true about how we must keep excavating our lives to get to our golden nuggets. Wonderful post Carol!

  2. Viv says:

    Oh Carol how I admire you and your potatoes and recipe yum thanks so much will try this out.

  3. Jana says:

    Terrific post, terrific pics, and perfect words, just love your thoughtful writing and the humble lessons you see in all you do – thank you so much !! JBV

  4. Potatoes are my VERY favorite thing in the world!!!!!!! You are so cute in your garden…who knew that this is how it was done. Great post.

  5. Carol says:

    Great post. Thanks for the recipe, I will be giving it a go soon.

  6. Helen says:

    You’ve made me feel very hungry! Home grown veg tastes the very best!

  7. Julie says:

    Your potato recipe looks fabulous and to think you grow your own potatoes – amazing!! Thank you for posting the recipe!!

  8. Joy Gerow says:

    Ooooo it’s been years since I grew potatoes. With all the moving around we’ve done in the past 15 years I could never get a hold on knowing I’d be living in each place long enough to get a growing season in. I love love potatoes and this recipe looks awesome, I’m downloading it for sure. Thank you sweetie!!

    Now … it’s making me want to have taters for dinner … oh, just remembered I have so new nuggets in the fridge so I think tonight will be chicken, potatoes and … green beans! Thanks =0) I’m only about 120 miles north of you so we get the same great potato growing weather. What a great way of growing them, … no extra critters that way I’m sure.

    This is an awesome picture of you Carol …. thanks for sharing the joy!
    I found your post today as I was reading our fellow about to be Round Trip members. So happy you are there with me too. Kim is … well, addicting isn’t she?

    Have an awesome day … and good eating!
    Joy xo

  9. gitanjali says:

    Hi Carol,
    You are so wonderful with plants.. I enjoy all your photos on Instagram and I love the way you grow potatoes. I feel very tempted to try myself. And the gratin looks dee-lish!

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