*** For 2 Persons ***
- Potatoes: 3 pods (large, peeled and diced)
- Canola oil: a tablespoon
- Basil Nashif: 1 teaspoon
- Parmesan cheese: 1/4 cup (grated)
- Salt: a teaspoon
- Black pepper: a quarter of a teaspoon
- Heat the oven at 400 degrees.
- Grease an oven tray with a little oil.
- Put the potatoes in the tray, then spread the oil well.
- Spread dried basil, parmesan cheese, and salt pepper.
- Put the tray in the oven for 25 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and brown.
- Serve hot, along with grilled meat or chicken, to taste.
- Bonne Appétit!
The story of the potato! We’re going to tell you the story of the potato that we’ll call Patate (its familiar name) because it’s funnier!
Potato lives underground. It is a tuber like radishes or carrots. It nourishes the plant which is outside the soil. It is really nice this potato.
No matter how much she hides, it is she who is eaten and not her leaves which are poisonous. It must be said that Patate has many qualities. It is nourishing and gives us the fries, because it contains vitamin C like oranges. Potato is so easy to grow and good for health that it has become one of the staple foods of mankind. In addition it rhymes.
Potato appeared in the Andes Cordillera, in southwestern South America (Peru, Bolivia, Chile). There, she was called and still calls herself “Papa”. The oldest man-made potato is 8,000 years old. Small pieces of it have been found during archaeological excavations. Mash, poor thing! But we have really mastered the art of cultivating it for only 2,000 years. It was when South Americans were domesticating the llama … someone had to carry the potatoes. Then we are surprised that they spit on us as soon as they have the opportunity.
We could have stopped there. But in the 16th century, Patate, who had more than one trick up his sleeve, managed to board a Spanish boat and set off for Europe.
We welcome it with an open pot. It becomes “patata” in Spain, “batata” in Portugal, “potatis” in Sweden, “potato” in England and “Kartoffel” in Germany. And in France … we give it to pigs. The richest find this funny rude food and the poorest do not know how to cook it.
The Savior of Potato
Fortunately, two centuries later, Antoine Parmentier took Potato out of the kingdom’s troughs and invited it to the table of King Louis XVI. Why ? The people are dying of hunger in France and Parmentier wants to make Potato the star of our plates, because it is, let us remember, an easy to grow and nutritious food. If the king eats it, the people will eat it too.
But Parmentier used another formidable ploy to persuade the people to work Patate. He had it planted with several of his friends in a field which he had soldiers watch over. “Is the potato therefore a rare and expensive food?” asked the inhabitants of the neighboring villages. Neither one nor two, the bravest stole Patate and her friends, cooked them and finally enjoyed them. This made the King say: “Two centuries of waiting before Patate sits on our plates. What a mess Parmentier!” … hummm, no that’s not true, but it was Parmentier who invented the “hash” of the same name to show the people how to cook Potato. It was still a neat idea. He gave recipes to prepare it in order to persuade the people to eat it.
Since then, Patate has been invited everywhere. One day boiled, mashed, in chips, the next day in a field dress, hash brown, sautéed, in the oven, steamed or in a soup with leeks. And in fries of course, I was going to forget the fries!
But Patate is also where we least expect it. It is found as a starch (starch) in rusks, in certain medicines, in lipstick and baby diapers, in paper or rubber. We even make biodegradable plastic bags with it.