It is JJanuary. Grey January. Grey cold boring January even. Lots of people are on detox or trying to save pennies after an extravagant month of boozing.
I definitely need to save the pennies, but I also need to get into the habit of cooking weekday food again. It seems to me that December was just a long stretch of canapés, bubbly and party dresses and now we’re back to normal. What an anti climax!
And weekday food is not a particular favourite of mine, I live for parties, nibbles, indulgent puddings and creamy sauces, but I promised myself to try and embrace the regular weekday supper too, and the only way I can do that is to make the food a little more interesting.
Bangers and mash for example, is nice but in my opinion just a tad boring. But if you buy really nice sausages like Toulouse ones and add some parmesan and dijon mustard to the mash, then I can see then point.
So that’s what I did, and it was lovely.
Dijon and parmesan mashed potatoes, serves 2
4 medium potatoes, peeled
50 ml milk
4 tbsp butter
salt, white pepper
1,5-2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp grated parmesan
Cut the potatoes into similar sized pieces. Place in a large saucepan and cover just about, with water. Add salt. Bring to the boil and cook with the lid half on until the potatoes are very soft. Drain and mash the potatoes up with a masher or an electric whisk (yep, it works). Add butter and milk and mash until well combined. Then add the mustard and cheese and combine. Season with salt and pepper.