Growing up, summer meant freshly dug baby spuds… baby spuds cooked with mint. Scratch that, baby spuds cooked with mint and smothered with lashings of butter! To me there is nothing quite as memory-inducing as the smell of minty spuds cooking and it’s something I’ve often wondered about. Why is it that only the fresh baby spuds get the special mint treatment? I mean why don’t the mid-winter potatoes get such royal treatment? This I will never know, I guess it’s just how it’s always been, or so my Nana once said when I questioned her on the subject.
While our current vege garden is nowhere near what we once had back home in NZ (Perth’s sandy soil and extremely hot temperatures are hard work!) I make the most of our local farmers market every weekend to stock up on all my fruit and vegetables we don’t have growing out back (which after the last tomato-killing storm passed through is basically everything bar the silverbeet and herbs). It was last weekend that I spotted these beautiful little organic babies. I couldn’t help myself and bought a kilo and a half. The first night we enjoyed them simply cooked, with mint of course and the non-negotiable pat of butter on top. By the second night my mind had turned to something else. A cold potato salad, beefed up with extra mint and a creamy yoghurt dressing in place of the more common mayonnaise-based one.
The dressing can be tweaked and changed to suit your own personal preferences. You could bump up the lemony flavour by adding in a little lemon zest. Love chilli? By all means add a little pinch of chilli flakes or a finely chopped green one, I know I would have had the kids not been eating this too. Oh who am I kidding, Kye didn’t even go near this. He’s the fussy one of my two. Ada on the other hand gobbled it down with great gusto. Speaking of the boy, we have survived his first day of school, with only one major fit of tears (mine and his). Today, his fourth day was greeted with smiles and bravery. No tears and one happy mama.
P.S Like the new look? It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years and I’m super happy with it!