6 September 2010

Charcoal and other edibles

As the summer draws to a close, so technically speaking does the BBQ season, with this in mind it was time to get a few mates round for a bit of charcoal and other edibles.

Given that this years crops were pretty non existent except for the potatoes, I had to resort to some shop bought bits and pieces but decided to knock together a home brew potato salad.

Potato salad is a bit of a free style dish as far as I am concerned, other than the potatoes and mayonnaise you can put pretty much whatever you like in and it will still taste awesome; I do however have a recipe that I like to use which you are more than welcome to pinch, claim as your own and hopefully delight your friends with.

Big Chris's Potato Salad


2 x large red onions
3x cloves of garlic
1kg new potatoes
big enough lump of butter to fry the onions and garlic in
several large serving spoons of full fat Hellman's Mayonnaise
ground dried chilies


1) Bring a large pan of water to the boil (make sure its big enough to take the potatoes and that you haven't put too much water in).

2) Don't bother washing the potatoes. A bit of dirt never hurt anyone and if you've been growing them organically there should be no worries about nasty pesticides.

3) Any small potatoes can go straight into the boiling water, use your judgement, but anything larger than a golf ball could probably do with cutting in half.

4) Boil for about 20 minutes, a few more wont hurt, you just need the potatoes to stay in one piece.

5) Drain and leave in a colander to cool.

6) Chop the onion and garlic however you fancy, I tend to go for small diced sections as it spreads the flavour a little further, but some people do like a nice crisp chunk of onion in their salad.

7) Melt the butter in a frying pan, chuck in the onions and garlic and fry until they start to crisp and caramelise.

8) With the potatoes cooled a little, put them in a large bowl, chuck in the onion/garlic mix and then cover in as much mayo as you fancy, stir it all together and sprinkle in the ground chilies.

9) Stick the pans in the sink to soak and go eat!

10) Take a picture of your mates at just the wrong moment...

Thanks to (left to right) Steve, Kelly, Cameron and Anna for acting as Guinea Pigs and for not only trying out my home grown/home brew creation but also saying nice things about it. Much Love.

Now go try this yourselves and post up how you get on...otherwise I just feel like I'm talking to myself...Guys? Guys?!