I tried to go back with memories , but no, I could not remember a day when there was something to the table less then lovely prepared, a very well weighted idea or an attempt to a healthy, balanced diet made by mum .
Maybe because ours were mothers different from the modern ones , but I really can’t recall a breakfast, a lunch or a dinner that had not been designed at least in some hidden corner of the mind in some unspecified day of those 3 or 4 months before ( our mums were used to think to something in the evening and then change their minds in the morning , but still it remained good even that way).
Perhaps it is the children the reason you tend to have a better perspective and a major sense of duty, it can not be bread and cheese two days in a row because mummy is tired / do not want to cook / she lacks the right inspiration / it’s almost two weeks she forget to do the groceries and I could go on and on drawing a nice touch effortlessly fromthe excuses I use for saying ”yeah but tonight it goes like this and that for this reason and that other one too, and altogether they’re perfectly good reasons too ” .
So, without having children of our own, here at home we often arrive in the evening without the faintest idea of what we’re going to bring to our table. A period of tiredness one can say, but nothing more than usual.
We do crave little and simple things, something that could be fast, tasty and possibly with the right nutrients to fill the tummy without resulting in too much guilt.
In those evenings, I remember how much we love potatoes, and how satisfying they’re known to be .
We love them plain, mashed, in form of gnocchi or just as they are, boiled and biten while still hot , sprinkled with a little pinch of salt and enjoyed like that, skin still on.
And I found out we love , and a lot to be fair , the fresh cranberries too : they taste sour and pungent, almost citrusy .
Adding them to the sweetness of the carrots (and these coloured carrots are really cute) and the potatoes was spontaneous and a really happy move . And, after dinner, we plumped onto the couch, all relaxed and happy, to watch a movie while sipping a cup of tea, even two.
A quick dinner , improvised with what we had in the fridge and as simple as we could.
A comforting dinner for adults.
But mum’s the word, do not tell her, lol.
Winter potatoes, carrots & cranberries salad, makes 4
- 800g potatoes (we used the Apache variety, but you can use the ones you prefer)
- a handful of fresh cranberries
- 4 medium sized coloured carrots
- fresh oregano to taste
- salt and extra virgin olive oil to taste
Scrub the potatoes with a brush with stiff bristles to remove any excess soil, then wash them under running cold water. Boil them in plenty of unsalted water (careful to choose potatoes of similar size, they tend to cook better) ’till soft, then drain and let them cool a little.
Peel and thinly slice the carrots and chop the fresh oregano, discarding any hard branches.
Wash and coarsely chop the cranberries.
Cut the potatoes in wedges, without removing the skin, and season them with oregano adding the carrots, the cranberries and a generous splash of good quality extra virgin olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.