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. Continue reading

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Sautéed skillet potatoes – and Hull City, away

Well, I’m a bit behind, first ’cause I missed the West Ham game (well, I watched it in a pub, so I couldn’t cook anything, I had a bit more beer, rather…), and secondly because there was an internet crisis here during Christmas – when else?

Never mind, I’d planned to cook this as part of the learning process – this time it was sautéing something easy, just to start with. (And it was the same kind of experience for Moyes as well – after a couple of disappointing results, the team won four in a row in all competitions. And the festive season coming there was a lot to hope on either the cooking side – turkey, soups, whatever or the footballing side – while we play against teams below us, on the table, at least, our biggest opponents play a couple of matches against each other.)

As on Boxing Day we still had the best part of the Christmas Turkey it was obvious to make a side dish for it, and when the match started I started to prepare everything. That was the time when I realized that I hadn’t known if I had baking potatoes at home. So there was a bit of a delay in the process – and by the I made the decision to bake them anyway, Hull City were in front by a goal that shouldn’t have happened – firstly because it wasn’t a corner and secondly because we should have defended better. Anyway, it’s not really a big deal if you concede early in the game – most of the game is there for you to turn it around, and United have proved they can do that many times.

potato cubes
Potatoes sautéed in a skillet/pan

So I started to chop the potatoes into cubes, or as size matters, into dices, rather. By the time I finished and put the cubes into the skillet with something like three or four tablespoon of oil, United were two goals behind, once again a rather interesting goal – good old Evans and his right leg did the job for Hull. We were unlucky there, and although I was swearing a little bit (I really didn’t understand what was going on, ’cause I didn’t know what our defenders were doing there), but I knew that we would somehow win that game. I really thought that we were going to score more than two and weren’t going to concede again. Continue reading

Traditional Hungarian – goose leg with braised cabbage and potato

Goose leg on the plate, St. Martin's day
Goose leg on the plate, St. Martin’s day

So, it’s the 11th of November and it’s St. Martin’s day all over the world. Here in Hungary it’s a traditional feast day and it’s also the day of the new wine. Everyone enjoys it except for poor geese as they are mostly displayed on the table.

This was the first time I decided to make a dish at home for this occasion and it was goose leg with potato and braised cabbage. As it is the first time I met goose in the kitchen I chose a simple recipe, but it turned out to be a good one. Continue reading