Potatoes have a long history of being a problem: What is one to do with them? Kings and governments promoted their cultivation in Europe, but with little success for a very long time.
Only when people started to get really hungry did they gratefully discover that potatoes are convenient to grow and functional to eat. But it took four hundred years until potatoes finally made their way into the books of haute cuisine.
Add the taste you like
There's no word to describe the taste of a classic potato, probably because potatoes don't have much taste of their own. But the lack of strong taste is your chance to find simple methods to impress even fastidious savourers with your sophisticated potato inventions.
The French refused to eat potatoes for as long as they could. But during the Seven Years War a pharmacist named Antoine Parmentier went to prison in Germany, with the consequence that he could convince the "Faculté de Médicine" in Paris that it wasn't dangerous to eat potatoes. He also developed the mashed potato in order to transform this suspicious vegetable into something unrecognizable.
If you mash potatoes you can add almost anything you dare to mix - at least the end result will have some taste. The Braun Multiquick 5 hand blender assists you to prepare potatoes with your choice of herbs, vegetables, spices, butter, olive oil to royal delicacies.
It's said that there are about 5 000 cultivated varieties of potatoes. But what seems even more amazing is that there must be a similar number of ways to prepare them.
You can boil them, steam them, fry them, deep-fry them, bake them, roast them, casserole them, "rösti" them, mash them, pancake them, chip them, croquettes them ... each region in the world found their own regional basis formula.
If it all doesn't work for you, use this trick: add a sauce, a dip, or a gravy. Find a recipe, plug in your Braun Multiquick 5 hand blender and start slicing or stirring until it tastes perfect.
Keep an open mind when eating
Contrary to common prejudices, a pure potato is low in calories and high in healthy constituents. Eat 150 g of potatoes and you get about 45% of your daily vitamin C needs.
Furthermore you consume a nice menu of potassimum, vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, iron, zinc and various other little bits and pieces that your body needs.
The fibre content, equal to that of wholemeal bread, is remarkable - if you eat potatoes with their skin. The benefits range from significant protection against cardiovascular diseases to lowering blood-pressure.