Potatoes Savoyard; the new math

Two potato recipes in one week?

Get over it….. There are more pressing issues to concern yourselves with.

This is another recipe that I have been making so long the origin is lost.

I prefer it to the traditional gratin potatoes.  With out the milk and heavy cream it’s much lighter in calories, but the Gruyère keeps it cheesy and the onions add another layer of flavor.

If I’m in the mood to fuss I make them in individual gratin dishes or stack them in little round cocottes and un-mold to serve.

Rarely…..

This is for two – simple multiplication and it serves 4 or 6 or 8.

Potatoes Savoyard

Total time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium potatoes (10oz, 300gr), thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2oz (60gr) Gruyère, sliced
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) chicken stock
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) grated Parmesan

Potatoes Savoyard

Instructions:

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, garlic and sauté until tender and just starting to brown.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a baking dish just large enough to hold ingredients lay 1/3rd of the potatoes, spread half of the sautéed onions over the potatoes and lay half of the cheese on the onions.
  • Repeat once.
  • Top with remaining 1/3 of the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle the nutmeg over the top.
  • Pour the stock over all, sprinkle with Parmesan, cover with foil and bake at 400F (200C) for 60 minutes.
  • Remove foil for last 10 minutes of baking.
  • Remove from oven, let rest 5 minutes, then serve.

Note:  You could also bake longer in a slower oven – 90 minutes at 350F (180C)

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Speaking of multiplication…..

I read an article the other day citing the many issues that people are currently maintaining uninformed or, dare I say, stupid positions on.

One that I found curious, and on the surface, easy to educate myself about was Common Core Math.

I’ve seen lots of humorous rants and photos posted on Facebook about the idiocy of Common Core Math so I decided to check it out for myself.

I thought since I am not in a position to be helping children with homework maybe I can be more open-minded about it.

For those who have never heard the term, Common Core refers to the standards established to try to bring the U.S. educational system to a high enough level to compete with the rest of the world. At the moment it’s pretty abysmal.

Here’s what I learned:

First – if parents spent half the amount of time learning what it was as they do trashing it on Facebook there wouldn’t be a problem.

Second – it’s not ‘new’ math. Mathematics is mathematics. It’s the only common language in the entire universe. (Yes, universe…. not New York, not the U.S., not the planet Earth but the universe.)  The students in the U.S. rank in the lower half of developed countries in math skills (27th out of 35 and 36th out of 64). Apparently, the old teaching methods weren’t working so well, either.

Third – my brief bit of research shows that Common Core Math is striving to help students learn to understand the underlying principles of math rather than just learning the tables by rote. One comment I saw was why don’t they just use a calculator.
One has to know what numbers to tap into the calculator…. One has to understand the problem in order to solve it.

Fourth – not all teachers understand it sufficiently and / or explain it properly. Obviously a problem.

Technology is creating an increasingly complex world. Simple math is not sufficient. New educational methods are designed (hopefully) to prepare students for that world. Why wouldn’t parents embrace that idea?

I remember well the New Math that was driving the parents of my generation crazy.

Times change, people…. try to keep up.

And, yeah, it sucks when your kids start getting smarter than you are.

For the interested:

Old Standards vs Common Core Standards – a side-by-side comparison

You’re wrong about Common Core Math

See how easy it is to look stuff up and get the true story / facts?

I’m going to stop now before I say something political……

Last update on March 4, 2016

3 thoughts on “Potatoes Savoyard; the new math”

  1. You know, I hate math. I’ve always hated it though. Even as a small child, I hated it. But I learned it. We had no choice. Then I had kids. They asked me for help with their math homework. I showed them how to do it and they told me I was wrong. It’s not the way they were taught to do it. I didn’t understand the way they were taught, they didn’t understand the way I was taught which to me, made way more sense than their way.

    Impasse…

    Then I’m at the drive-thru for a fast food joint and their cash register is broken. I get to the window and the girl tells me she’s added my order up on paper and this is what I owe. I give her a $20 and she stares blankly at me. When I ask her what’s wrong, she tells me she has no idea how much change to give me.

    *facepalm!*

    Either subtract the sale from the $20 or count the change back.

    Her response? “Oh, what’s counting the change back?”

    She, along with multitudes of young people in this country, no longer have that skill because the register does it for them!

    I’m all for math and teaching it however it’s going to make it the easiest to learn but people? TEACH IT! ALL OF IT!!

    *steps off soap box*

  2. nightsmusic, my dad taught me to ‘count back’ when I got my first job as a waitress. Such a simple thing any manager should be able to teach – if they knew it themselves. I’ve run into the same thing and it’s amazing and saddening how few life skills some people have.

    Davinder 😉

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