I’ve Never Met a Potato I Didn’t Love – Blue Potatoes From the Farmers’ Market for a Blue Potato Salad!

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BLUE potatoes?!  Indeed!  I feel like this blue potato salad and I were meant to be.  A little backstory: I love food magazines and any magazine that has an emphasis on food.  I’ve been reading Homemakers’ magazine since I was 8 (and even subscribed to it when I was in high school), I’ve bought Bon Appetit and Martha Stewart Living on an on-and-off basis for the past few years, and I was in conniptions when Food Network magazine debuted on the magazine shelves a number of years ago.  Food magazines have always given me so much inspiration, not only for cooking, but also for my scrapbooking. 

Last Christmas, my best friend got me a subscription to Food & Wine and every month a delicious issue pops into my mailbox and into my eager hands.  A week or two ago, I began leafing through my August issue and came upon these amazing recipes inspired by Jere and Emilee Gettle and their heirloom seed empire.  I looked at the recipe for their two-tone potato salad (blue potatoes with Yukon golds) and thought, “this looks so damn pretty and delicious”.

I had no idea blue potatoes existed until I saw this recipe (even though they apparently sell them in some local supermarkets according to my mother.  Shows how much I’m aware of my surroundings!) and wondered if I’d be able to find them at a reasonable price.  Fast forward to my weekly farmers’ market trip this past week (blog post forthcoming).  I was browsing a table full of baby potatoes and BAM! blue baby potatoes stared right back at me.  What good fortune!  Giant pints of blue potatoes for only $3!!  With supermarket prices ringing in at $3 per POUND, I got myself a friggin’ steal.  It’s like the foodie gods were looking out for me 😀

So my mum and I, inspired by my Food & Wine magazine, recreated our own version of blue potato salad.  These potatoes are so beautiful and so cute and I would buy them again in a heartbeat.  We gave them a wash, let them dry, then boiled them for close to 20 minutes.  The potatoes were drained and after most of the steam had went away, I started cutting them into small wedges and I was so delighted with the colour!  The blue potatoes looked a bit like those blue corn chips on the outside with their blue-brown dusty exteriors but when I cut into them, I saw this gorgeous purple colour on the inside and I thought, “huh, it reminds me of taro without actually being taro!”  They’re so pretty and yes, very yummy.

We made a nice big bowl of blue potato salad with sugar snap peas, cucumber, some leftover breaded chicken, and some chilled shrimp with mayo dressing, black pepper, chopped green onions, and dried chives.  SO GOOD OH MY GOD.  The blue potatoes have this great earthy flavour to them that only intensifies as the potatoes cool after being cooked.  I absolutely adore leaving the skins on for potatoes.  It gives dishes a nice splash of colour and I really like the taste of potato skins.  I put my potato salad on a bed of alfalfa sprouts, added some fresh avocado on top, and went to town.  One of the best summer dinners ever.

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Happy Canada Day! Enjoying Picnic Food and a Giant Bowl of Potato Salad

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Before you go “Oooo!”, I didn’t make these myself!  This was just a cute cupcake display celebrating Canada Day and Canada Day long weekend!  I feel kind of silly for not thinking of this sooner, but I totally should have compiled a bunch of food posts related to yummy maple things in the city!  A d’oh! moment on my part now that it’s after the fact, but the idea has inspired me to be on the lookout for some sweet maple goodies the same way I want to find all the best Nutella items in town!  I have a few maple foodie items in mind already (maple cupcakes!  Maple crepes!), so hopefully when Canada Day rolls around again next year, I’ll be prepared. 

I hope everyone is having (and will have) a fantastic weekend whether you’re staying in the city, going to the cottage, or leaving the province all together.  I’m actually spending my entire weekend at home and I am so looking forward to it.  I’m a little bummed to be missing out on some awesome food events (the 1st gourmet food truck fest in Toronto at the Distiller District tomorrow!  Why oh why did it have to be THIS weekend at one of my fave neighbourhoods when I’m not going out??), but I know that the heat won’t be good for me and I know when my body is telling me to slow down and stop.  So staying at home it is.  I’ll be catching up on my ZzzZzzz’s, scrapbooking, cookie baking, reading, watching baseball (I’m still bitter that our Jays lost today!), and taking advantage of some much needed down time.  Hopefully I’ll be able to take new photos of some previous scrapbook layouts, update the Food Calendar, and pinpoint my next farmers’ market visit for next week which is expected to be quite the scorcher, eek!   

I was very excited about dinner today.  Canada Day = picnic food in my mind and we had a giant bowl of potato salad chilling in the fridge from this morning with the baby potatoes I bought at the Queens Quay market on Wednesday.  Carrots, cucumber, red bell pepper, green onions, hard-boiled eggs, julienned salami and ham, black pepper, and chives make for one yummy Canada Day summer salad!  Annnd we can’t forget about the ice cream 😉  A lickety good ice cream post to come tomorrow!  Happy long weekend and happy Pride everyone!

Chunks of the baby potatoes, diced cucumber and red bell pepper, sliced carrots, and green onions all mixed in together.

Adding the wedges of boiled eggs, YUM!

The finished potato salad dressed in some mayo and seasoned with black pepper, dried chives, and bacon bits!  I like eating my salad on bread, so here’s the potato salad sitting on a bed of romaine lettuce on French bread.

P.S.  My brother has recently discovered the joys of sticking bars of chocolate in the freezer.  He says it tastes incredibly good, much better than room temperature chocolate *chuckles*