Miso-tamarind roasted potatoes wedges with locally sourced, garden salad items
I tasted cucumber flowers yesterday and they were a joy. See how I got straight into it today?
They looked so pretty but what surprised me the most was the intense cucumber flavour of the stem. I was very spoilt at the London produce show. My toddler and I were picked up so that we could travel into town and along the way my boy remembered which roundabouts led to the oriental supermarket and which ones to London zoo. His childhood is so different to how mine was. He knows his spices, including mixes like ras-el-hanout and he is just two. Anyway, as I arrived at the Grosvenor house hotel there was a wonderfully quiet area where we were shown fabulous produce such as tomatina, purple carrots, red oxtail, pea shoots, wonderfully juicy asparagus, salad fennel and I took home some salty, shrub-like okahijiki, warm pinks steam radish, pepper salad fennel and some sea buckshorn! Oh and I was also given Valentine Warner’s new book, ‘what to eat next’.
We were given a master class and they made the most superb salad with simple ingredients from the collection above and lightly dressed with sharpness and oil but you know simple and fresh ingredients show off lots, and quite rightly too. The funny thing is, that whilst I was nibbling away at natures best stuff and chatting to fellow foodies about lifestyle choices such as ecological household items, living near farms and eating locally sourced eggs, bread and walking in the fields or even building eco-friendly homes…it reminded me of how each choice I make on a daily basis affects my body. Someone I know moved to the Cotswolds to nurture their family away from London, and you know I love London but there is something to this isn’t there. I love being outdoors, fresh air, picking my own fruit and veg and then returning with bundles of fresh stuff to cook or freeze. What a life. Far cry from the underground and shopping centres of the city eh?
I couldn’t let all that fresh and beautifully wrapped stuff that still smelt of the garden go to waste so the very next day I made this salad and I think it looks pretty. But let’s move onto those miso-tamarind roasted potatoes before I pop. They are really very, ‘oh my goodness’. I think miso is fabulous for its deeply mellow and gentle tones that are lasting and ‘brown’. Tamarind is spiky, tangy, sweet and sharp in a tantalising way. I wouldn’t have imagined them tasting good together but they REALLY do. Try it. (Oh and serve with a few dollops of garlic mayonnaise).
Ingredients to serve 2
500g king Edward potatoes
4 tbsp. miso paste
2 tbsp. tamarind chutney
2 tbsp. oil
A few dabs of garlic mayonnaise
My salad had in it;
– ½ cup of petit poi’s
– 8 spears of asparagus
– A handful of Okahijiki
– 5-6 radish shaved or very thinly sliced
– 2-3 baby beetroot
- Cut the potatoes into thick wedges and then boil them (skin on) for 7-8 minutes or until barely tender
- Drain the potatoes and let them cool and dry completely.
- In a large bowl mix the potatoes with the miso, tamarind chutney and oil and toss them all until there is even coverage.
- Roast the potatoes in the oven at 180 degrees until they are crisp and sticky brown.
- To make the salad simmer the asparagus, beet, peas for approximately 4-5 minutes and then drain them.
- Plate the salad and the potatoes and serve with garlic mayonnaise.