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Something I have been thinking of for a while now, is a series of basic recipes. Recipes and techniques that other recipes depend on for their base. Some recipes will be common knowledge to the average foodie, but it is important to remember that everyone has the same skills as you do.

First up in my series, is the easiest Perfect Mashed Potatoes. You can eat these wonderfully creamy potatoes as a side for your dinner, or as the base for an amazing Cottage pie, fluffy croquettes or in a leek and potato soup. I found a sweet article here with some great ideas on how to use your leftover mashed potatoes.


Follow these steps for the most luxurious, creamy potatoes.


  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 3 Tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • strong flavoured herb of your choice, sage, or rosemary works well
  • 3 cloves of garlic



Fill a large pot with warm water, and add a lot of salt. You want the water to be almost briney. The salt also helps to push the starch out of the potatoes, ensuring that they are creamy AF. Add the garlic, sage and chunks of potato. Bring the water to a boil, and then let the pot simmer for around twenty minutes.


Once the potatoes are cooked, but not crumbly, drain all the water except about two tablespoons. Discard the sage, but leave the garlic in the pot. Add the milk, butter, cheese and season to taste. Mash with a potato masher until there are no lumps at all.


Serve with a sprinkling of chives or chopped basil, and a good twist of black pepper.


Are there any basic recipes that you feel you should know, and would like to learn? Let me know in the comments and I will do a post on them.

Thanks for reading, hope you have learnt something useful.


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First off, it's a terrific recipe with very good photography. A near universal side dish, so far as I know.

I LOVE the idea of a 'basics' series. I'm really looking forward to the next installment.

Potato Pancakes. Served the next morning with bacon and eggs. My brother is the absolute master of this, and it is one of the biggest treats I know.

Thank you.


Thanks so much!

Those pancakes sound killer 😌

Mmm, I love potatoes. In fact, I just planted mine yesterday in the rain :) Although, now that I am non carb I only eat them in the Summer fresh from the garden, that way I can only really have them for a month or so. They are such a versatile food source.


But potatoes are heavenly, how can you only live one month with them in your life?😱

Just pulling your leg 😅 they are my favourite, but I hardly ever eat them mashed like this, maybe sometimes boiled with a bit of salt and pepper, skin on, but not so often 😒


I used to eat them all the time, but about 7 months ago I just really looked at my diet and just decided to go all in and try to really drastically change. Now, however, I don't miss the things that often as I find when I have them less often as a 'treat' they seem all the more special :) I am a person of extremes, though, so it is probably just my personality. I do love potatoes though, but I also get as much joy from growing them. Have you grown them in containers before? It's like magic. you put them in with some soil and wait for the leaves to pop through , then you cover the leaves again and wait and do that all summer and in the end you lift up the plant after its flowered and you have tons of fresh potatoes, and these are SO good cooked straight away. mmmm fresh.

Okay, so tell me, the potatoe is it Irish or ordinary potatoe or even the sugary one? It looks healthy to me, is it possible if I add meat to it after the preparation?


You totally can! I have often added crispy bacon bits.

I'm not sure what an Irish potato is, I would consider these pretty regular tatoes!


Well it's type of potatoes at least that I know of.
Wow amazing, I can get to try this one out also try making it too.


You could also try sweet potatoes for a different flavor! I think that's what I'll be doing when I try this recipe.


Hmmmm amazing it will certainly be amazing

Easy for a beginner cook and good thrown together with an egg. Yummm


sounds good, don't forget the bacon xx

This is soooo cool. I do crappy mash potatoes im definitely going to try this.


it's easy as pie, babe!

it's really a perfect one.

mam I also love to cook a Mashed Potato.Looks like it is a good recipe.The cook made you think it is very tasty.thanks mam for sharing your post...

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Thank you @princessmewmew . I just had some mashed potatoes a few days ago at Lubys. Yours look much better :)

actually i think how can i give you a thanks for share a recipe of mashed potato. next i try it my home

what a food prepared by a princess.........I like your post... potatoes contain calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Vitamin Content: Potatoes are known for the large amounts of vitamin C present in them.

WoW... You even make mash potatoes look amazing @princessmewmew. And I will definitely try this recipe for one of my next meals. Thanks for sharing.

These creamy potatoes was made me anxiously to taste it. I will to speculate and try this recipes at my home. Thank you for always sharing us more useful post, my friend @princessmewmew.

it would have been very tasty. mashed potatoes very gently. enough with that alone is good. and added with the fragrant herbs. I tried your recipe @princessmewmew

This works with any kind of potato, yea?


yes! totally x. Sweet potato too :D

Hm... Did not yet heard of garlic or herbs in mashed potato :) I will definitely have to try and make it like this. I usually put cream or milk in so it gets creamier, and the sour cream does add a certain note to the taste.

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I think you are british or may be your ancestors and I like to learn about Orange jelly, please. Congratulations for this post

My grandkids love mashed potatoes, will have to make some according to this post for them. I tried your potpies, but still need practice....I've been stir frying too much lately I guess....LOL. Gotta get my other cooking skills up. Hope you have an incredibe weekend!


Oh dear what happened?!

I think I need a proper Thai recipe from you, sir!

I used to always do ours plain but adding the cheese must make them so much tastier