Monday, June 04, 2007
E is for Eddoe Mash
Our adventures with our new friends the Eddoes continued. It's interesting how quickly children will get used to a new food. But then if you think about it, so much is new to children, the hardest hurdle is probably the first recipe, the first taste. I am sure that one reason why the Great Big Veg Challenge seems to be gradually taking away Freddie's fears about vegetables is that the pace is very gentle and very deliberate. He is given the opportunity to get to know a new vegetable, get used to its taste as a single entity and make up his own mind if he likes it or not. And he knows that whatever happens, we move on. The baked eddoes had been delicious so I struck whilst the iron was hot and gave them another simple dish of mashed eddoe. Alexandra, who loves cooking, helped me. We first washed the Eddoes and then placed them in boiling water in their skins. We boiled them, as you would a potato, for about 15 to 20 minutes, checking with a fork to see when they were soft. When they were ready, we took them out with a ladle and let them cool a little on a plate till they were cool enough to touch. Then I carefully peeled off their hairy jackets to reveal this grey-white flesh. In a bowl, Alexandra mashed them with a generous knob of butter and a quarter cup of milk and seasoned them with salt and pepper. We served it with sausages. Sausages and Eddoe Mash. That is one way to introduce new vegetables to children; team them up with something very familiar. Freddie and Alex were delighted with this meal. "This mash is more filling than potato" thought Freddie. But that didn't stop them from scraping the bowl so clean, it could have bypassed the dishwasher. It wasn't a pretty sight.
Now that we know the Eddoe, he is going to be a regular visitor to our kitchen. A new friend. And just for the record, I have seen no evidence of a tendency to slimyness, at least not in our home where the Eddoe will always be welcome.