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Monday, May 9, 2011

My Husband Shares an English Recipe

A Day in the Life: May 9th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Hot                                      SAT. MAY 9, 1896                   Ther.  91

Drove team for to draw 2 load of stone.  Stayed all night with Frank Peterson.  He gave me his picture.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 9, 1898               Ther.

Went to school on my wheel played ball after school.  Blain came home with me + I rode down to the burg with him + back with Bert.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. MAY 9, 1899                  Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played football.  Ma went to the burg.  After school covered potatoes.  Wrote a letter to Verna White. 

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 9, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve Mearle + I went to the burg.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. MAY 9, 1901                  Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  MAY 9, 1902                 Ther.

Plowed and took the milk to factory.  The spotted Laughlin cow came in had a bull calf.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  MAY 9, 1903                  Ther.

Worked at corn ground + drew manure.  Paid Huckleberry for pigs.


Editor's Note:  Again, potatoes.  On the whole, Americans tend to serve mashed potatoes with their big meals.  The English tend to serve roast potatoes.  I happened to have married a man who makes the best roast potatoes in the world.  And, as a salute to potato season in the burg, he is willing to share his recipe.  It may not sound like much but, if you do it right,  wow.

R's Roasties

Peel potatoes.

Parboil for 5 mins in salted boiling water.

Drain water from saucepan, put lid on, wrap with teatowel. Shake vigorously for 10 secs, or until potatoes are fluffed.

Preheat oven to 425F.

Fill roasting tin with 1/2" vegetable oil. Warm in oven for 10 mins.

Put potatoes in roasting tin, baste with oil.

Roast for 1 1/4 hours, turning potatoes and basting every 25 minutes.

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