I've been thinking a lot lately about the feeling of living. Not necessarily all of the feelings that I have on a day-to-day basis, but instead the feeling of making a path through the world. Part of this feeling is constantly wondering how my own consciousness fits into any tangible form. The best way I can describe this is through a story. Or, really, through many stories that are all really part of one bigger story. This thought isn't really developed enough for me to be sharing it, but I also know that I work things out best by talking them through with other people. Thank you for being here to help me do that :)
Okay. I think what this comes down to is something similar to what I was talking about back in the summer. Since I was a child, I have created these other worlds in my brain. Not only other worlds, but other people who I was in those other worlds. Fantasy children's books were - and are still - a huge part of my life. They are some of the books that bring me the most joy (for example Harry Potter and the Discworld Series). I know that I am not alone in this - these types of worlds create a sense of adventure and comfort that is hard to replicate. Stories have always been (in my experience) the things that bring people together. They create a sense of intimacy between the story holders and the story hearers. Encapsulated in the space between is another world, a new world that belongs only to the space of that particular story. It is the story of translation and imagination, the passing from hand to hand of something precious that is impossible to articulate. I have a suspicion that all stories are really one story re-told in billions of different ways, and that the translation of these stories is how we begin to express our individuality.
Coming back to that idea then of being a person in the world. I think what I am trying to say is that it is hard to be one defined person. It feels as if there is this pressure in certain places/spaces to be a wholly united and singular being. Once you are a certain age you become the person that everyone will continue to see you as. But the thing is, don't we all have the secret worlds of our brains? Aren't we all so many different iterations of ourselves? I think this is true. Maybe this isn't the way that someone else would describe it, but I hope that within this big spill of words I have delivered there is something that will feel true.
I wanted to share this recipe with you in the hopes that all of you with dairy sensitivities will still be able to enjoy the mashed potatoes during the holidays! A few weeks ago a friend asked me to send her a recipe for vegan mashed potatoes, and of course I couldn't resist coming up with one myself. These potatoes are creamy, fluffy, warm, garlicky, and just the tiniest bit bitter from the greens. In short, my perfect version of what mashed potatoes should be.
Also, leftover mashed potatoes are not always the yummiest. I have created these day later fried patties so that no food gets wasted. They are crisp and delicious and will make the best boxing day snack :)
Garlic Rapini Smashed Potatoes + Day Later Fried Patties
Serves 4 - 6 people
*I prefer to leave the skins on for my mashed potatoes, but if you want a smoother consistency simply peel the potatoes before boiling
- 4 large potatoes, roughly chopped*
- 3 tbsp coconut oil + more for cooking (use refined coconut oil for a less coconutty taste)
- 6 tbsp cashew milk (any plant milk will work but I find that cashew has a more neutral taste)
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- half a bunch of rapini, stems removed and roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
Boil the chopped potatoes for 10 - 15 minutes, until soft. While the potatoes are cooking heat apprx. 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a pan or cast iron skillet until hot. Add the minced garlic, continually moving it around the pan with a spatula or wooden spoon until slightly browned. Add in the rapini (stems removed) and sauté until bright green and softened. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl combine the potatoes, coconut oil, cashew milk, thyme, salt and pepper and mash until smooth. Add in the garlic rapini and toss to combine. Serve hot.
One Day Later...
For the day later fried patties simply make apprx. 2 tbsp large round balls from the mashed potatoes. Heat a skillet on medium heat with a couple tbsp of olive oil and place the patties onto the hot pan (I did 4 at a time). Fry for about 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Serve hot with sriracha or your favourite condiment.