Friday, February 13, 2009

Sesame potato wedges

Potato wedges!? This was inspired (if that's the right word) by a menu Gemma was translating into Spanish. It read like a spoof of everything that is worst about British food cliche: prawns marie rose (that's mayonnaise with ketchup), jacket potatoes, and even Quorn chilli. For anyone who doesn't know, Quorn is a meat substitute made from an 'edible' fungus. I've never understood this. If you're a vegetarian, then why would you choose to eat nasty ersatz meat instead of proper vegetables? After all, you can easily make a meat-free chilli by replacing the meat with some auberines. However, the potato wedges made me curious. We eat a lot of chips in our house, and while I don't worry at all about the health aspect of this, it's always good to have something else to do with potatoes. I got on the web and this was the result.



Ingredients

1 kg of potatoes
olive oil
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
4 bay leaves
salt
pepper

Method
  1. Wash the potatoes but don't peel them. Cut them into wedges and mix in a large bowl with all the other ingredients.
  2. Transfer to an oven tray or dish and bake at 200oC for 45 minutes or until done.

Spring is here
We ate these on our roof terrace, together with the aubergine and bean puree and some beautiful steaks. We've had a long wet winter in Cadiz this year (well, long and wet by local standards), but the sun is back and it's getting warm. Soon it will be time for picnics on the beach.

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