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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41 Comments Add yours

  1. Supa says:

    I also marinate my steaks in their balsamic with a touch of oilive oil, mmmm yummy! You have been bloggered btw *grin*

  2. Supa says:

    That was meant to be olive, grrrrrr no edit facility here.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Been at the bot already??? bwahahaha!

  3. napier says:

    Porcinni and Mushroom Balsamic Reduction divine drizzled over cherry tomato pasta dish.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Must try that one, thanks Napes. xxx

  4. Tandy says:

    we will have to reach for the bottom of a bottle of Merlot this weekend 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      At least one … 😉

  5. A coal roasted fillet steak sandwich would definitely hit the spot – yum!
    Hmm, I didn’t even know you can get 367 varieties of spuds.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nor did I, the mind boggles :O

  6. I love your culinary calendar. Fill of triv to die for.
    I’m off to start my potato collection.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We want pics, Kate 😉

  7. Tilly Bud says:


    I want that sandwich.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll rustle one up quickly 🙂

  8. Cin, I am extremely worried that you have Lindt Chocolate and Wedgewood nougat in your collection! They are definitely meant to be eaten…

    On the potato collecting – sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction I suppose. Have a super weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      They will be munched very soon, I am slowly consuming my way through the goodie bag 🙂

  9. granny1947 says:

    Food,food and more food…it is a conspiracy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s an epidemic 🙂

  10. SuziCate says:

    I wish I had your culinary knowledge and skill…and so does my family!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Glad that blogging has given me an avenue to share 🙂

  11. so you reached the bottom, oh dear………..

    1. theonlycin says:

      I can always get a refil 🙂

    2. u r quite an inspiration View. hugs

  12. What flavorful food must grace your table when you cook! I appreciate flavorful food. I, too, believe God intended food as a gift to be enjoyed as well as nutrition for our health. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Carol, have a marvelous weekend. xxx

  13. colonialist says:

    I would have imagined the Irish would have been the potatoes potty people. not a Scot.

    Oh, are Verlaque thingies to do with munching? I thought they were cosmetics!

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, Verlaque make condiments 🙂

  14. slpmartin says:

    I knew there was a reason I enjoyed Voltaire so much….have a great weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, Charlie 🙂

  15. nrhatch says:

    Is that top pic the “loot” you brought home from the Indaba? If so, wow! You’ll be reaching the bottom of flavor-filled bottles for some time yet.

    Tatties, taters, spuds . . . YUM!
    But for eating, not collecting and gathering dust.

    Love the quote: “Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” Voltaire

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Nancy, that’s our goodie bag loot, lucky hey?

    2. nrhatch says:

      That’s a fabulous haul. Attending the Indaba suited you ~ hope you’ll be able to make it an annual event. 🙂

      1. theonlycin says:

        I wouldn’t miss it for the world 😀

  16. 367? Sounds like McLean spent a little too much time in Ireland. The Irish are known to send people home with more than potatoes.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I need to find out more about this McLean chappie!

  17. nursemyra says:

    will you publish a photo of your cookie cutter collection?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sure, Myra, just need to get a few more before I take a pic 🙂

  18. libraryscene says:

    oh, and I wish to see the mini VWs, please… have a fabulous weekend!

  19. Here’s to pleasures & necessities my friend *clink* 😉 Potato collection… what the…… ? I’m all for collections….., my latest is a stunning magnum of Baby Grange (Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2007) gifted to me from a charity do I spoke at recently – it looks very fine indeed in my growing collection of collectable reds I gotta say 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Chef, you have to drink that!!!

  20. More than 300 varieties of potatoes? That sounds absurd.
    Love the reductions.

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