“It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Yesterday, if you’re one of my followers, you read about one of the ways to prepare a beef roast in a crock pot.  That recipe had potatoes and carrots under the beef.  This is an easy way to get an entire meal cooked while you’re busy playing mahjong online.

Even though I love the convenience of this dish, what I do not love are the potatoes.  No, chunks of potatoes have never won my heart.  I love mashed potatoes.  Note – I do not eat potatoes more than once a month, as I’m watching my girlish figure, so when I do eat them I want them mashed with lots of butter and a bit of cream cheese thrown in for good measure.

Now here’s where it got interesting.  That sentence is for those of you who are reading this and asking, “So what’s her point?”

Here’s the lesson of the day.  In order to expedite the mashing process for the potatoes I grabbed my magic wand.  That’s a hand mixer that attains the speed of a food processor but with less parts to clean.  So now I quote from the Internet.

“Pureeing your potatoes in a blender or food processor seems like a good idea at first. After all, we puree lots of things in the blender and they turn out smooth and perfect. But lift off the lid this time, and instead of creamy fluffy potatoes, you’ll see a thick gluey mess.  The problem is starch. And potatoes contain a lot of starch!”

Yes, I ended up with a thick gluey mess.  And I’m sorry if you are viewing this while you’re trying to eat.  My husband had the bad fortune of viewing this while he was trying to eat these potatoes. Thank goodness for his sense of humor.


Actually, I had done this before in the past and realized half way into the whipping process what was happening, again.  It was, however, too late to turn back.  I added an extra pad of butter to the top of the glob.

“What’s this?” was my husband’s first question. I told him it was mashed potatoes with butter and cheese and I wasn’t sure what happened.  (Can you really go to hell for lying?)  He said that maybe it was the cheese that made it sticky.  I complimented him on his deductive reasoning skills.  Then he got humorous.

“Is this one of those foods that you throw against the wall to see if it sticks?”  Guffaw!  Then he compared it to something the cat…  Let’s not go there.  Finally, he suggested a new recipe category –  It Tastes Better Than it Looks.  Thank goodness, it really did taste better than it looked.  Sweetie had seconds.

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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