Loving a Potato

Potatoes with Rosemary

Standing over the cutting board, I hold the red potato firmly with my left hand. I feel its roundness, the smooth coolness of its skin.


The flesh is firm.

Slice, slice, slice.

I pour all my love into slicing this potato.

Something is happening to me. I can't even slice a potato anymore without oozing love.

So when I begin reading The Supper of the Lamb, I am relieved. Comforted. I feel understood. Capon says this...

Turn a statue over to a boor, and his boredom will break it to bits— witness the ruined monuments of antiquity. On the other hand, turn a shack over to a lover; for all its poverty, its lights and shadows warm a little and its numbed surfaces prickle with feeling.

Or... peel an orange. Do it lovingly— in perfect quarters like little boats, or in staggered exfoliations like a flat map of the round world, or in one long spiral, as my grandfather used to do.

So I am not alone in loving a potato. Even old men know the mystery that is just now in my heart.

Potatoes with Rosemary

I love to cook with ingredients that are fresh from the farmer's market. These potatoes have spring onions, sweet beyond imagining. And rosemary from my garden.

Saute in oil until golden and set aside:

• 2 medium sized spring onions, sliced chunky, including some of green stalks

Saute until tender, about 15-20 minutes...

• 4 or 5 potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

Add and saute 5 more minutes...

• the pre-cooked onions
• canned or diced fresh tomatoes, about 1 cup
• sprig of rosemary about two inches long, minced


• salt and pepper to taste
• few pours olive oil

Serve with crusty whole grain buttered bread, fresh green beans, and lentil salad.

Potatoes with Rosemary photo, by L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Andrea said...

that looks and sounds delicious!1

7:22 AM  
Blogger Star in the Universe said...

Doesn't it just feel good to recognize the sacred in such 'everyday' tasks?!

So, I get the TCW newsletter in my email and I saw an article "Why I Became a Vegetarian." I was thinking "Yes, I gotta read that, but I have to finish some other work."

I just opened up the link today, and realized that it was written by you! I was so surprised and excited! So, anyway, I love that you showed vegetarianism from a faith perspective.

It was very well written and I'm definitely going to link to it on my myspace blog. Thanks!

11:11 AM  
Blogger Joelle said...

My graddad used to peel oranges that way--one long spiral, with love. He did everything with love. Farming wheat, picking wildflowers, telling a joke. Ah, I miss him. Need to take yours and his example to be fully present to the sacred in every moment, every act.

3:00 PM  

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