Distributed FREE to members of the Oily Rag Club (no cost to join)
8 April 2011
Oily Rag Potatoes
are thought to date back about 2500 years and been a staple part of the
diet of many civilisations for centuries. Fortunately modern households
are less dependant on spuds than once was the case so a potato crop
failure in your back garden is not likely to have the dire rebellious
consequences of old.
are endless ways to serve potatoes: baked, boiled, in soups, creamed, as
dumplings, fried, roasted, mashed, in salads, in casseroles, or stuffed.
In fact there are so many ways to cook potatoes that the family feasting
off the smell of an oily rag could have a different and delicious potato
dinner every night of the week for months on end.
the retail price of this staple has been on the rise recently.
Apparently potato supplies have been affected by disease, and that
contributed to the normally frugal potato price rising 11.4% in January.
Thatís another reason why those living off the smell of an oily rag
should be growing their own!
oily rag gardeners would have already harvested their crop or are about
to do so . Planting of early varieties start from July/August, so itís
something to think about for the other side of winter. They are easy to
grow in a bucket or containers, or a tyre ring.
potato industry has gathered together a lot of information about our
humble friend and our relationship with it. Here are some snippets of
information published it on their website www.potatoes.co.nz:
oily raggers use lots of potatoes, they tend to have lots to say about
growing and cooking. Here are a couple of suggestions.
you have a favourite potato recipe send it in to us so that we can share
it with others. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to Living off the Smell of an Oily Rag, PO Box 984, Whangarei.