Greetings from Mauritius! I wish I could wrap the atmosphere of this island into little packets and send to you all, it is such a stunning place. However I managed to catch Rob’s airplane cold (of course) and have not been able to fully enjoy paradise just yet, but I still have a little more than a week to fully indulge in the sun. Which is exactly what I intend to do! Anyway, out of something bad comes good and whilst I’ve been staying out of the sun I’ve had a lot of time to create and test new recipes to share with you all. Yay! And we have a very big bright kitchen which makes cooking a lot more fun and photographing a whole lot easier. I hope you see the new found joy this has brought me in the images of this post.
First out from the Mauritian kitchen is this potato salad with all the best trimmings like chickpeas, herbs, sundried tomatoes, walnuts and apple. It’s not at all like the kind of potato salad I had growing up but since I started cooking for myself I enjoy this lighter kind of salad. This particular version I made when I was here last time in April, coming back here sparked my memory and I’m glad it did! It might not be the most wintery of recipes but I think it’s a pretty versatile dish and if you prepare it whilst the potatoes are hot it will be warm, which is my favourite way to have it either way. The ingredients should be readily available in most places at this time of year and most of them are staples which means they’re rather inexpensive making this recipe a good budget option. It’s also great for a packed lunch with a dollop of houmous, can’t go wrong with that as a perk.
To wrap things up I wanted to let you all know that I’m going to be posting regularly ones a week from now on and next week is going to get pretty exciting (at least I think so, haha) as I have been filming videos of new as well as old recipes to share with you guys here via YouTube. It’s something I’ve been thinking about putting together for a long time and I’m so happy that I finally have, now I’m bursting to start sharing it. But until next week you’re going to have to wait in excitement as you munch on your potato salad (okay, I might be projecting).
Finally, if you guys have any questions about Mauritius or requests of things you’d like to see here on the blog – please leave me a comment! x
HERBED POTATO SALAD
PORTIONS: 4 portions / TIME: 25 min
8 medium firm potatoes
1 heaped cup cooked/canned chickpeas
1 apple, cut into matchsticks
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 cup parsley leaves, loosely packed
8 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
2-3 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup walnuts
1 small head lettuce, or other leafy greens
Olive oil, juice from one lemon, salt and pepper
Clean and boil the potatoes. Ones cooked through cut into cubes, I like to do this whilst they are still hot for a warm salad.
Whilst potatoes are cooking prepare herbs, tomatoes, apple and onion, mix it all up in a bowl. Dress with lemon juice and olive oil and set aside.
Layer your lettuce leaves or greens in a serving bowl.
Add the cubed potatoes to your salad mix and add more oil if needed. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the mixture on top of your leaves/greens and sprinkle with walnuts.