The other day I read all about Princess Ribbon making her Japanese potato salad some days ago. Seems easy enough, so I decided that I want to make one too.
So I bought a large potato (RM 0.80). The thing was, when I looked at the potato, I suddenly thought of my mom’s mashed potatoes. I’m probably biased, but this is my blog, so… and in my blog, my mom’s mashed potatoes is the most awesome mashed potatoes in the whole wide freaking world. So I decided to make mom’s version of mashed potatoes instead. Well, mashed potato, as there is only one potato…
Most mashed potatoes that I get in restaurants are those savory types, either those salt and pepper infused ones, or ones with gravy. Mom’s mashed potatoes though, is different. You’ll see…
To make this happen, I peeled and cut the potato into pieces, then boiled it for 20 or 30 minutes until soft, then… mashed the potato pieces up with a fork, then added a blob of butter (~RM 0.50) and half a glass of milk (~RM 1.00), and then stirred everything up until evenly mixed. And that’s it!
Sure, there’s not much flavors in it, and it doesn’t look very colorful, nor does it look any yummy, but what you get is a soft and moist mash, with a bit of milky and buttery to it. It is awesome. Simply awesome. Abso-freaking-lutely fantastically awesome!
This was supposed to be dinner yesterday, and I can’t have just mashed potato for dinner, can I? Need some semblance of a balanced diet, don’t we? So… while the potato was boiling away in the pot, I brought out one layer of the steamer that I have, placed it on top of the pot, and steamed two handfuls of defrosted frozen mixed vegetables: peas, carrots, corns (~RM 2 worth of vegetables).
What’s that beside the vegetables? Whence come those shredded pieces of what seems to be roasted chicken?
Nothing fanciful. I bought a whole chicken leg, rubbed it with salt and black pepper and dried thyme and olive oil, then slapped it into the oven, roasted it at 180°C for 45 minutes until the skin turns golden brown… NOT.
I’m just kidding. I did not roast me’ own chicken leg. I actually bought this black pepper roasted chicken leg from the AEON supermarket (RM 4.70). Took me 3 minutes of flipping around, searching for the biggest leg, for they were all priced the same. My only hands-on involvement in the kitchen was to use my hand to pluck out the meats from the bones and place them together with the steamed vegetables. That’s why you are seeing the picture above.
Place both the bowls together and you get this:
And that’s Lazy Man’s mashed potato dinner. For a grand total of ~RM 9.00 (~US$ 2.00) and 10 minutes of work (plus 20 minutes waiting time), I fancy I am eating rather splendidly again.
By the way don’t say this is not lazy, I am returning to my lazy ways. Instead of roasting my own chicken, I bought it from the supermarket. And instead of cooking the peas AFTER the potatoes in TWO separate pots, I cooked them together in ONE pot. Lazy! End of story!