From the Culinary Calendar, we learn that on this day in 1922 “Donald McLean was born. McLean was a Scottish potato expert who supposedly had the world’s largest private collection of potatoes, with 367 varieties.”
I am an unabashed magpie when it comes to collecting things; I have teapots, miniature VW Beetles, wines, cookie cutters … the list is endless. But I can say with all honesty that I’ve never thought of collecting potatoes. Would one have a refrigerated cabinet to display them?
Another thing I am fast building up a collection of is Verlaque products, so I was a happy girl when I learned that they were one of the main sponsors of the Indaba. In my goodie bag was a bottle of their Cape Lemon Olive Oil and Raspberry Balsamic Reduction that I can’t wait to try.
My current fave is the Sweet Basil Olive Oil and Tomato Balsamic Reduction; I’m reaching the bottom* of my bottle and will have to stock up soon. It is just the perfect marinade for a coal roasted fillet steak sandwich, which we had last night.
Have a fabulous weekend, friends, and remember this:
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
* ‘Reaching the bottom’ is Side View’s weekend theme.
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