Potatoes a la ‘Two Fat Ladies’

There is often a question asked of celebrity chefs "What 3 people would you like to have to dinner?"  If I could conjure 2 people to come and take over my kitchen it would be the 'Two Fat Ladies'.  Jennifer and Clarissa had an utter disregard for technique and sterile cleanliness; a complete devotion to all things fresh and local; and totally ignored such bothersome things as calories and carbs.  They roared into a strange kitchen, scoured the local shops and produced fantastic rich and satisfying meals, thoroughly enjoying themselves in the process.  'This is how cooking should be' I would tell myself.  Then go into my own small kitchen (no aga, no giant wooden trestle table to work at, no walk-in fireplace to roast beasts) and carefully chop and measure – there is not as great a margin for error when only cooking for two (as opposed to 20).  I managed to retain a few recipes from all the shows and adapted them for two. 2fatladies250  With my herb garden looking better than it has all year it was time to prepare one of my favorites….and no heavy cream or lard in this one:
Potatoes a la Two Fat Ladies
2 – 3 medium potatoes
2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
2 tbs chopped fresh basil
2 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
2 tbs chopped fresh thyme

2 tbs chopped fresh chives
5 cloves garlic
sea salt
2 – 3 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup chicken stock

With a sharp knife thinly slice the potatoes.  Finely chop the garlic and the herbs.  In a glass baking dish just large enough to hold ingredients make a layer of potatoes, sprinkle with herbs, a bit of garlic, some salt, pepper and drizzle with a little oil. Repeat 4 more times. Pour the stock over all, cover with foil and bake at 400F (200C) for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking another 30 minutes. Top potatoes should start to brown and get crisp. Remove from oven and serve.
As long as the oven was on I decided to bake some Acorn Squash as well. Acorn250  Rather than the traditional 'cut in half and fill with something sweet' method I opted for something simpler:
Baked Acorn Squash 
1 acorn squash
1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to finish
Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.  Then cut in 1" (2.5cm) slices the short way.  Mix rosemary and olive oil.  Toss squash slices in oil.  Arrange on a baking sheet and cover loosely with foil.  Bake at 400F (200C) for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake another 10 – 15 minutes, until fork tender.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve. 
There, not an ounce of lard in either….some bacon fat might have been tasty though….

3 thoughts on “Potatoes a la ‘Two Fat Ladies’”

  1. I have watched a couple of the Fat Lady cooking shows, they were so funny!
    As for the wine making and bugs and spiders, I definitely try not to think about that when I sip a glass of wine.
    I am getting pretty excited about squash season, I can finally find more varieties, more then I used to be able to. I am going to try the baked acorn squash recipe…

  2. My son, now 10, used to be fascinated with this when he was around 2-4. Then it went off the air for us here.
    I used to use several of their recipes on a regular basis. Their Clam Chowder was simply the best I’ve ever had!

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