Mashed potatoes with something extra

It’s one of the easiest things to do and one can vary it as differently as he or she just wants.

I do have time for experiences – at least I’m not disturbed by the different match times of ManUtd. The trouble is when your team no longer compete in different leagues and cups that you can easily get bored. It’s only the beginning of February and no FA Cup, no League Cup – and I’ve already started to miss United. (And more then ever, because my cable network suspended the channel that shows Premier League matches – they are in talks now about a new contract. And streams are not that good to watch…)

potatoes, broccoli, garlic
Potatoes with broccoli and garlic

So, it seems like it’s one match per week – and yeah, Champions League may not bring any relief, given our performances.

So, back to cooking – I could have given the title Mashed potatoes – easy like Stoke, but once again a crucial match that wasn’t that easy. I can’t say that United weren’t unlucky to loose, but I can say that they could have done more for the three points. And yeah, I think with Rooney, RVP and Mata I expect United to score more than one goal. Yeah, I know, injuries, but still. The spirit is missing, somehow.

Anyway, this is about some nice potatoes. The first thing is not related to them, though, it’s related to garlic. Peel a couple of gloves, wrap them in aluminium foil, and put that into the oven, preheated to 200 degrees Celsius, and leave them in there for half an hour. Then turn to the potatoes and peel the veggies, then cut them into cubes. Wash them a little bit, then put them into a sauce pan, cover with water, bring it to the boil over high heat. Then turn down the heat to medium-high, and cook the potatoes for about 10-15 minutes, until become soft.

butter with potato
Butter and the mashed potatoes

After pouring the water from the pan, put it back to the stove and let the heat evaporate any excess water.

Parallel to this, I cooked a couple of florets of broccolis, for about 10 minutes until really soft. When everything is cooked, I added the broccolis and the garlic to the saucepan and mashed them with a potato masher. After a while I added the milk, the butter, salt and pepper, and mashed them again, until it reached the desired softness and taste.

mashed potato
And the end of the story

Well, the family just love it, and there are different options if you don’t like broccoli – but I advice you to you use garlic every time, because that’s just perfect.


  • about 1 kg potato
  • 1 teaspoon salt for the water to cook the potato
  • some florets of broccoli (or other vegetable)
  • some gloves of garlic
  • 3 (or more) tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • pepper and salt for taste

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