Food is an international language. It surpasses the limitations of words to latch onto unspoken cultural festivities. With a global pandemic still in our midst and financial constraints being a reality for many in Mzansi, potatoes come as a much-needed tasty, versatile, convenient, affordable and healthy aid to show your mom or mother-figure just how much you love them!
But, first, it starts with self-introspection to know thyself… Have you ever wondered what kind of spud you’d be if you were South Africa’s favourite veggie? Well, wonder no more!
1. What’s your ideal potato dish?
a) Anything crispy and golden
b) Silky, smooth and buttery
c) I can’t pick as they are all so yum!
d) Steamy, baked and waiting for me to uncover
2. You’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet… Which bowl do you go for first?
c) All of them
d) Baked potatoes
3. What’s your go to cooking method?
c) Depends on my mood
4. You’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet… Which bowl do you go for first?
a) Golden French fries
b) Herbed mash
c) All the spudnificant dishes
d) Jacket potatoes
Mostly “A”: Your inner spud is none other than a golden French fry or slap chip. It is also the preferred way in which South Africans like to eat their potatoes. This ultimate slap chips recipe is just for you!
Mostly “B”: Aren’t you a little smooth operator type of spud? You’re somewhat health conscious, yet do sometimes melt like butter on hot potato. You’ve got that yum, hearty balance in life and will most probably love these mash potato recipes.
Mostly “C”: If this-and-that was a personified spud, then that’s probably where you fit in. And we get it, with so much to potatoes, why would you want to limit yourself? Here are 500+ potato-inspired recipes just for you!
Mostly “D”: Potatoes – with their skin on – are naturally fat free. Perhaps that’s why you are so drawn to them. They are loaded with all sort of nutritional goodness, and by keeping their skin on, you’ve just added some fibre to your diet. Out with the poo, and in with the spudnificant potatoes. Here’s a cheers to jacket potatoes! Aren’t you a little smooth operator type of spud?
Text / Author: Phindiwe Nkosi