jive potatoes!

I spent almost all day today out in the back garden, which I’ve been neglecting while focusing on the front and driveway-side perennial gardens. The fence-side bed where I have corn and potatoes growing (also marigolds) was really looking weed-infested and the potato plants were all faded and ready to be pulled out. You can see in this photo from last week that it was pretty overgrown:

fence-side bed

And now, after today’s hard work, ta-da!

fence-side veg bed

As I pulled out the wilted potato plants, I gathered a few potatoes, leaving some (those buried deeper) in the ground for later harvest. From what I’ve read/heard, you can leave potatoes in the ground for quite awhile and they’ll be the same when you pull them out later. I also harvested a few ears of the Tom Thumb Popcorn I planted, which is tiny and adorable (and needs to dry for a month or so before it’ll be ready for popping, according to what I’ve read). The potatoes are theoretically Desiree and Red Gold, though I think that some of the taters I grew last year might have spawned some, too.

potatoes and tom thumb popcorn

What a haul! Karl got inspired and created a mega delicious dinner from some of these potatoes. Back in my undergrad days, my pal Moses used to make a dish called Jive Potatoes and we made a variation on that dish tonight. First, I sliced the potatoes pretty thin (you could also chop them into chunks, but thinner slices cook faster) and then Karl tossed them with olive oil, oregano, minced garlic (not fresh, alas, as my garlic isn’t ready yet), and some general Italian seasoning.

mixing

mixing face!

ready for the grill

After it was all mixed, Karl fashioned a pouch from aluminum foil (we didn’t have any of those ready-made pouches around the house) and put that on the grill. After awhile (20 minutes? I forgot to keep track), Karl determined that they were ready and pulled the pouch off the grill.

after being grilled

after being grilled

plating

delicious jive potatoes

SO delicious! I dipped mine in ranch and Karl seasoned his with pepper (he likes things VERY peppery, to the point where it makes me sneezy). I highly recommend this dish, which was made all the more enjoyable by having grown the potatoes myself.

The mint that has taken over a small patch by the AC unit is in full bloom, and I seem to have two different varieties, one with slightly purplish blossoms:

mint

and a taller variety with white blossoms that the bees really seem to be enamored with:

mint

bee on mint

I haven’t made mojitos yet this summer but I definitely have more than enough mint. Anyone have a good mojito recipe?

More photos at Flickr.

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5 thoughts on “jive potatoes!

  1. I haven’t made it yet this summer, but a treat my mom used to make with our abundant mint is mint sherbet. Maybe I’ll make some today! It’s an odd little delight, but I love it and think it’s totally refreshing.

  2. How did you know it was time to harvest the potatoes? I wonder if mine are ready?

  3. Mohitos are sooo nice in the summertime! Here’s a recipe, if you’re still seeking one đŸ™‚

    1 teaspoon powdered sugar
    Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
    4 mint leaves
    1 sprig of mint
    White Rum (2 ounces)
    Club soda (2 ounces)

    Enjoy!

  4. Sarah, mint sherbet sounds delicious! Do you have a recipe you could share?

    The potato plants had pretty much wilted (died) when I got back from ALA, Dawn, so I figured it was time to at least check and see how the potatoes themselves were. I’m really just flying by the seat of my pants!

    Thanks for the Mojito recipe! It has finally gotten August-hot here, so it’s time!

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