Potatoes with Prosciutto, Olives, Green Garlic and Thyme; A place to lay my head

At long last we’re sleeping in a proper bed!

With all that’s going on at the moment, it was starting to become obvious that our new bedroom was not going to be finished any time soon.

Remember this?


I couldn’t stand the thought of sleeping in these little beds in the hall any longer.

Friday, once again, I started moving boxes and rearranging ‘stuff’.

This was the result:


It’s not our normal bed, which is a king-size water bed, but it’s a huge improvement.

And it’s not in the hall.

Of course, reality is not always as nice as the photos…


Those are all kitchen boxes which I should be able to unpack in the next few weeks, so there is an actual plan here.



This is what’s on the other side of the room – the view from the bed, as it were.

Still, I’m happy.

There really isn’t a lot of work to be done in this room:  level the floor, lay a new floor, strip the wallpaper, hang new and paint the ceiling.  We haven’t decided what to do with the fireplace yet.  It’s chimney doesn’t go all the way to the top….

We’ll either have to fix the chimney or close it off.  This will, someday, be the dining room.

I have always wanted to participate in Paper Chef…. But never have….

Road to hell, good intentions and all that.

This month I just happened to catch it on Ilva’s blog on the same day that I was doing my shopping list….

I decided it was fate.

You can find the rules for this fun event, as well as see all the entries and vote for your favorite here.

The ingredients for this month are:

Floury Potatoes
Mother’s Day

This was a bit of a tough one for me….

First, my mother is not a fan of ‘leaves’ in her food but she dearly loves ham of all sorts and always had olives as a treat on holidays when I was a child.  I left the thyme whole, she can pick it out…

Second, I have never seen anything remotely resembling a floury potato here, they all tend to the waxy.

But, the rules say if you can’t get it, substitute something close…

Potatoes with Prosciutto, Green Garlic and Olives

Potatoes with Prosciutto, Olives, Green Garlic and Thyme

2 medium potatoes
2oz (60gr) Prosciutto
3 green garlic, including green tops
1/3 cup Greek olives
1/3 pimiento stuffed green olives
handful of fresh thyme sprigs
1 tbs olive oil

Cut potatoes into large chunks and cook in boiling  water until barely tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Drain.
Slice Prosciutto into strips.  Cut olives in half. Snip thyme into small pieces.  Trim green garlic and slice, using as much of the green top as possible.
Heat oil in a nonstick skillet.  Add potatoes and sauté until starting to brown on one side.  Add Prosciutto and green garlic.  Sauté until potatoes are nicely browned, Prosciutto is crisp and green garlic tender.  Add olives and half the thyme, and sauté a few minutes longer.  Serve, garnished with the remaining thyme.

Now I need to go encourage the little lizard I found in our new bedroom to make a dash for freedom…..

Hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day!

13 thoughts on “Potatoes with Prosciutto, Olives, Green Garlic and Thyme; A place to lay my head”

  1. My my, you are such a neat mover. My rooms never looked that good when I moved. The potato recipe with the prosciutto sounds really good. I’m not familiar with the green garlic. Think I could substitute regular garlic? Beautiful photo of the dish by the way.

  2. Pictures sometimes do lie, but I can see the beauty of what will be. Paper chef sounds like fun. I may join. Your dish looks so tasty.

  3. Hokey toot! I bought some prosciutto this past week for an appetizer and nearly cried….it was $9 for 5 oz!!!!That’s over $27 per pound! It would have to be REALLY special for me to buy it again! Tho those potatoes look awfully yummy….
    Ooh! I would just be so happy to be out of the hall, I wouldn’t care about the boxes either!

  4. Your bed looks like you could just curl up on it and devour a whole bowl of this yummy potato/prosciutto comfort food. If you had a book or your computer screen in front of your eyes you wouldn’t even notice the view. P.S. I agree with my carolina kitchen. You are such a neat mover. If I didn’t already like you I’d have to seriously dislike you for your uber-organisedness. It’s intimidating.

  5. Going to check out paper chef because it sounds like a great idea.
    The potato dish sounds awesome and I love all those flavors. Nicely done!

  6. The new and improved bed looks much better – it’s all about a good night’s sleep! The potatoes sound delish!

  7. Your home is looking great~it is so much fun to see what you are doing in the house and how things are progressing. How in the world are you finding the time to cook all those delicious meals? What a great combination of foods!

  8. Ho, cool … a Paper chef!! Potatoes and prosciutto and olives that’s got to be a winner on my plate!!
    I’d love the bed! much better than the hall. If you get tired of the scenery you can go back to the hall for a night ;o)

  9. My caroline kitchen… Neat mover?!?! You ought to see the barn…. Substitute green onion and a bit of regular garlic. Green garlic is quite mild, not sharp at all.
    Penny, it takes imagination – and someone who has done it, to see anything at all.
    Cindy, but you don’t need very much – and you can use a less expensive dry-cured ham (I do) It’s a treat!
    African Vanielje, that does sound nice… a rainy day, a good book, Larry the Lizard watching me… As above, you should see the barn.
    Thanks, Jeff. This was my first time – it was fun!
    Cate, all about a good nights sleep – will you come explain that to the dogs? We left them in the hall and they’re not happy.
    Zoomie, yes, it’s ever so much better!
    Jann, if only I could wave the wand and see it finished.
    Tanna, gee thanks…. We left the beds for just that reason – nostalgia!
    Kitchen Pans, always eat garlic with someone you love.

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