Making up a batch of potato salad, aka comfort food, was something my mother did on a regular basis as I grew up near Chicago Illinois. Then, after leaving for college, I began a long period of living off fast foods and other such similar junk. (As I had little money in those years, anything on sale was fair game for my consumption). And yes, as I grew to be older, I quickly realized that you are exactly what you eat! Looking in the mirror, one day, I realized that I resembled a Big Mac and super sized fries! Not a very pretty picture…
Fast forward a few decades and you will now find a much wiser man who can really make his way around a kitchen. And, although he can now cook up a wide range of great tasting foods, he has found himself on a cursed diet – This at a time when he may soon leave off the ‘t’ all together, if he doesn’t get his weight down! Note: I always tend to shift into third person when tackling sensitive subjects….
But, life they say, is a passage of culinary events and so I have made it a point to make potato salad now and again in spite of an ever losing battle of bulge.
These days, when I make anything, I sure don’t need no stinkin recipe book to tell me how to do it! I’ve found that if you know the basic ingredients for a dish, you can pretty much wing it. (Assuming, of course that you have the availability of the Internet in case you get stuck)! Note that this sort of poor attitude is a guy thing!
So on this day, potato salad it would be. (I had a couple of Russet potatoes that were getting a bit old and that is what sparked the effort). My list of ingredients from memory was also pretty simple;
Potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut up
Celery stalks, about 2 minced
Onion, 1 thick slice, minced
Mayo, 3 tablespoons, as eyeballed by the cook
Relish, a teaspoon or so from whatever you can scrounge from the back of the fridge
Eggs, 2 hard boiled that are peeled and then roughly chopped
Yellow mustard, I just give the bowl a good squirt and then move on
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Smoked paprika, a dash
See! Very simple stuff indeed. While it takes the potatoes about 20 minutes in slowly boiling water, I prep the other ingredients and add them to a glass bowl. When the potatoes are done, they are drained and then cut into small cube shapes. These are added to the mix, stirred well and then chilled for a few hours to allow for all the ingredients to make friends. The end result is heaven on a fork! BTW: 1 gram equal about 1.38 calories!