As I’m sitting here, in front of the fire, with the wind howling and the rain lashing the windows, I find myself wondering if we’ll ever see spring.
Then I remember it’s still February.
There are some signs of spring, though, despite the weather….
My crocuses are starting to bloom, some of the spring herbs are starting to come to life and the first new potatoes are showing up in the markets.
New potatoes are about the size of walnuts, or smaller. In the photo below, that is not a huge baking potato on top of the new potatoes…. It’s a medium size, regular potato, about the size of a woman’s fist.
Along with asparagus and artichokes, new potatoes are one of the best treats of spring.
If you can’t get new potatoes, or the they are large, cut them in half or quarters. The wine, olives and rosemary lend a Mediterranean flavor. Finish with a bit of sea salt, if you like.
Braised New Potatoes with Rosemary and Olives
Total time: 40 minutes
- 12 – 15 new potatoes 10oz (300gr)
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary or 2 tsp dried
- 8 – 10 olives, any color, I used both Greek and green
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 30ml) white wine
- Put everything into a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer, gently for 15 minutes.
- Uncover and continue cooking for another 15 – 25 minutes, depending on size, until potatoes are done.
- Stir occasionally. When done, a knife should go in easily and the wine should have reduced to a thick syrup. Serve.
I’ve been blogging for 9 years this month.
I’ve written over 1800 posts.
I remember, back in the beginning, getting excited about my 100th post and one year anniversary.
It never occurred to me that I would still be doing it 9 years later.
Actually, until I looked at the history I didn’t even realize it had been that long.
Life was simpler then. Facebook was just a baby, only 2 years old and Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tribrr, etc, etc, didn’t exist.
There were no Google algorithm changes and Bing wasn’t even around.
We food bloggers wrote posts, sometimes took a bad photo to go along with the post and read and commented on each others posts.
Now there is so much to monitor and keep track of and check and read and learn….
I confess I don’t always remember it all.
Like checking my spam folder.
After I installed a new comment filter I checked at least once a week to make sure it was working correctly.
It always was.
Then I started checking whenever I thought about it, which was every few months.
Then I forgot about it completely until this morning.
I checked it.
I would now like to apologize to all of my readers who have left comments that have never appeared and been completely ignored.
And I will remember to check my spam folder……
Along with monitoring Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and Google+ and Google search and Bing and all of the updates by all of the people who are experts in all of this.
This is going to the Lavender and Lovage Cooking with Herbs Party this month.