Saturday, February 14, 2009

Secret to a Happy Marriage

Ah, Valentine's Day. Besides the Christmas/New Year convergence, is there a holiday that can inspire more disappointment through its unreachable ideals?

I thought not.

But in the spirit of l'amour, I give you all my personal secret to a happy marriage. Use it wisely, my friends, for whomever you serve this to will be yours forever.

SubwayHooker's Cumin Garlic Wee Potatoes

Olive Oil - a few glugs
Wee Potatoes - about a pound, cut up into smallish chunks, depending on the size you get. We like a mix of Yukon Gold and New Red.
Fresh Garlic Cloves, peeled, not chopped unless ungodly large - I usually throw in at least 6, as many as 10
Salt, to taste
Cumin powder

Boil ye wee potatoes with the garlic cloves in salted water until tender.
Drain the potatoes and garlic.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium high flame.
When oil is hot, add potatoes and garlic.
Add salt, to taste.
Sprinkle cumin powder over the mess, as much as you like.
Keep sauteing until the potatoes are golden brown.

And that's it. The cumin and baby potatoes form some kind of unholy union, emphasizing the sweetness of the potatoes and the high-pitched singsong quality of the cumin. The garlic's pungency is tamed by boiling, and the swim in the hot olive oil softens and sweetens those luscious cloves.

As you can see, this is less a recipe than a guidepost for creating a simple and delicious side. It's all to taste, but then, most recipes are.
May this recipe bring to you the one you love.....

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