It has been four days since the tornado hit my neighborhood in Rego Park, Queens and things are still far from normal. It is hard to describe the surreal quality of the landscape.
This beautiful butterfly bush was unscathed by the storm and continued to host tiny winged visitors.
I will share one quick recipe. Minutes after the storm swept through on Thursday evening I hustled out to a dinner party my family was hosting in Manhattan. My Scottish stepfather feted us with a delicious meal and the highlight was his twice cooked potatoes. A Scotsman and his potatoes are serious business and we have enjoyed them in many variations over the years, but this particular batch was outstanding. What is the secret, we begged. Known not only for a fondness for potatoes, the Scots (at least the one that we know and love) are precise in their methods, so here goes:
so few left because we gobbled them up!
Tornado Potatoes aka: Twice cooked red potatoes
-Peel the potatoes and place in a pot with cold water. Bring to a boil and par boil the potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and return them to the empty pot. Vigorously shake the pot to rough up the surface of the potatoes and fluff them up a bit. The potatoes can be prepared in advance up to this point. When ready to serve, heat olive oil in a skillet till hot. Drop in potatoes and allow them to brown on one side before turning. Brown on all sides and serve.