Yup, 2008 is the International Year of the Potato.
“A whole year?” I hear you ask. “Why a whole year and who says so?”
Well, I couldn’t quite see why it needed a whole year either so I went to check. Turns out it is The United Nations, that’s who and we know how tetchy they can get when no one listens to them. Seriously, no one ever listens to them and they are starting to develop a complex(1) so let’s throw them a bone and pay attention to what they have to say.
And besides, why not celebrate the potato? They are delicious, come in umpteen varieties, relatively inexpensive and – did I mention flexible?
Potatoes can be boiled, baked, fried, microwaved, steamed, or roasted, with or without their peels. They partner up beautifully with butter, sour cream, bacon, cheese, veggies, and so many other things we’d be here all day listing them.
They are also a much misunderstood veggies. Yes, you can pile them with all sorts of delicious, full fat toppings, grease them and fry them with an inch of their delicious lives but you know what? Left to themselves they’re quite low in calories and far from being culinary filler (as many people see them), they are loaded with nutrients.
Yes, the potato – of all foods – may very well need a longer celebration than most. And because I feel bad about missing the whole first part of the Spud’s annus mirabilis(2) – I am going to really go all out for National Potato Month (September in case you were wondering) and try and squeeze a year’s worth of starchy goodness into 30 days.
(1) and I don’t just mean the renovation of their offices though that project isn’t exactly small potatoes.
(2) no, go look it up.