Friday, April 20, 2012

Remember this? Pan Fried Potatoes

Pan fried potatoes, garlic wedges, radish and grilled chicken


On Friday nights we often have a relaxing dinner with wine, simple food, a movie (from Netflix) or guitar music (from the Husband). Tonight wasn't exception. The theme was college, not intentionally, it just came out that way. 
We went to different colleges, lived in different dorms, but the student atmosphere was the same: a daily dose of happiness with a little money, a very little time, and a little food. And we made sure to take it all in.


Pan fried potatoes - favorite student's food!

Most desirable food for most college students was pan fried potatoes in which my husband would have a PhD. It's not just a simple process of frying in a cast iron pan some sliced potatoes, no. 
It's rather a student's ritual of gathering with friends, peeling a couple of kilograms of potatoes, cutting it into long strips, while chatting (or gossiping) and sipping some wine. 
When potatoes go into the skillet it's important when to turn it: not too early to prevent it from mushing, and not too late (burned potatoes don't taste good, you know that, right?). 
How do you know when it's the right time? One guitar song - time to turn, another song - turn again. Third song - turn, season and cover. And the forth song - set the table, pour the wine, and grab your fork!  


Dinner tonight


Have a daily little dose of fun, my friends!

Music, especially guitar music, makes everything better. Add some good wine and enjoy! 


What was your favorite college meal?

See you,
Marina

26 comments:

  1. Ahhh sounds like lovely memories! I love food that takes you back to more carefree times :)

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    1. Amazing that the taste of the food is a strongest memory trigger!

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  2. This makes a delicious meal. All looks so succulent and inviting. I grew up in Italy and mostly we used to go back home to mum for lunch so I did not have canteen meals. I think they do these days.
    Have a nice weekend X

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    1. Thanks Alida! Oh Italy! I was thinking about you today while I was making pasta. For the first time I made semolina pasta. Will post my quite interesting pasta making adventure soon. Do you make pasta?

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  3. Well, pan fried potatoes was my favorite college meal....very easy to do and so yummmi! It's a great idea for tonight's dinner! Thanks!

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    1. isn't it great what simple food has to offer?!

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  4. My mom used to make those often. Loved loved loved them!

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    1. We forgot all about it until last week when The Husband said that we haven't had it since forever. While chasing some recipes we abandon our simple food.

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  5. Your potatoes look super delicious - one of my favourite snacks and sides ever :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. I watched Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations in Columbia, and they have around 3000 (yes, that's thousand!) types of potatoes. I was stunned: potato heaven does exist! :)

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  6. This looks like a wonderful dinner, way better than anything I had in college!

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    1. Except chicken, most of the time it was all we ate!

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  7. I don't think we ever ate anything nutritionally balanced! I probably lived off popcorn :)

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    1. Popcorn was an expensive food for us, potatoes were always available and cheap. :)

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  8. When I came to the States to study for my Master's I was too old and unfortunately I missed all the fun atmosphere of college years, plus I didn't live in dorms. These potatoes look very tasty and even if I didn't have them back then I could very well make them now. It is never too late for such a meal!

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    1. I got through with my degree in Europe so I experienced it all first hand, especially cooking part! :)

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  9. My favorite college meal was the same - pan fried potatoes! I can totally relate to this post. May me feel warm and fuzzy inside :) Your blog is the best trip down memory lane, walk on the beach, or what ever we want it to be! Great job, Marina!

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    1. Thanks! I am so happy to walk along the shoreline with you! :)

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  10. I have never mastered the pan fries ... they always burn on me! I will have to give your method a try!

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    1. Let me know how it work out for you. Beside potatoes, you will have a lot of fun! :)

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  11. These look delicious and extra special because of the memories that come along with them:)

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    1. They not only bring the memories but also create the special moment too! Thanks for visiting me!

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  12. looking real good..would love to try this now..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Please, let me know how it comes out.

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Your warm comments put a smile on my heart.