The potato.

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The latest piece mentioning Dutton and his likeness to a potato was unfortunate. Each time I look at a potato I get this scary Dutton image. Horrible. And yet, when I see Dutton a potato appears. I thought the best way to get over this is to make a good potato bake. This dish is very simple. You need a good solid cast iron baking dish. We use a red enamelled Chasseur. It is very heavy. Even an empty Chasseur, one needs to be fit just to be able to put it in an oven. I hope when reaching the nineties I will be strong enough to continue using this great baking dish.  (I don’t want to be found lifeless at the bottom of my stove with a Cast iron Chasseur pot on top me.) Apart from a potato bake it is ideal for almost all slow cooking recipes, especially slow simmering curries.

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Anyway, thinly sliced raw potatoes are layered with a mixture of tinned tuna in between. For a garnish I mix fried garlic, lots of rosemary and anchovies. Also chopped up leek with a red capsicum. All this is tucked in between the layers of Dutton/Molan, sorry, potatoes. When the Chasseur is ready to put in the oven I fill it up with milk into which I have whisked a couple of eggs. Depending on how we feel, I might also top it up with pouring full cream.  Some grated parmesan cheese on top before you close the lid and bang it into the oven at about 160C for a bit more than an hour. Don’t use salt as the anchovies generally provide enough salt. Helvi likes her salt and an exception can be made for those with low blood pressure. Apparently, salt raises blood pressure which can be beneficial for those, who like Helvi, have low blood pressure.

At last night’s Q&A, a mate of Dutton was on the ABC’s panel. His name is Jim Molan. He also is wildly enthusiastic about keeping refugees ( including 113 children) detained indefinitely on Manus and Nauru.

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Jim Molan

It will take a lot of potato bakes to get over this strange turn that Australia has taken. Is it just a foolhardy sticking to one’s point of view, no matter how wrong this is? Are those Duttons and Molan’s unable to see the misery this is causing? How can they justify their point of view for years on end?

We used to say; ‘Fair crack of the whip.’ But, indefinite detention for people who have done no wrong, who have not been charged with any crime, are not getting a fair go or ‘fair crack of the whip’.

The reason that Dutton and Molan give for putting and keeping refugees in detention indefinitely is to prevent more refugees from drowning. In other words, the refugees are being used/ punished for not having drowned or as a punishment and warning for others trying to seek asylum by boat,  ‘we will also put you in detention.’ Seeking asylum is not illegal.

A court should try those two for committing crimes against humanity.


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27 Responses to “The potato.”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    Wish Dutton and Molan could spend a couple of months on Manus or Nauru.

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  2. Yvonne Says:

    How did we come to this? What if Dutton/Potato Head becomes PM!?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Master of Something Yet Says:

    I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch last night’s Q&A. I need to sit somewhere that does not have anything handy to throw nearby because I quite like my television. Just not some of the people on it.

    Thank you for the potato bake recipe. I’m going to give that a try and not think about Dutton while I eat it. Dutton is an insult to potatoes.

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  4. urban liaisons Says:

    Very nice graphical approach, Gerard, what would a potatoe plant think about all this? Another story of course

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  5. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Too bad they can’t put Dutton and Molan over there to see what they are missing.
    Your casserole sounds heart warming. I have the same casserole, and can no longer lift it into the oven. It was fun while it lasted.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the casserole is getting heavier as the years go by. Even lifting it out of the sink is difficult.

      A fit of anger about Dutton and his refugee policy still gives me enough strength to lift it into the oven. But for how much longer?

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  6. bkpyett Says:

    My heart sinks when I think of the misery these well-fed politicians are responsible for. Surely with the navy stopping the boats they should bring these people to Australia and be done with the fantasy that they are stopping the drownings. Love your potato images!!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Barbara, They are spending billions on navy boats and border protection even though Australia doesn’t share any borders. A look at the map should confirm that. Has Dutton and Molan missed out on Geography?

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  7. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Poor potatoes, having to be associated with such evil characters. And evil they are. I liked your solution. Cook up a pot and toss on lots of cream. Can’t go wrong with that.
    Agree on your thought about no wanting to expire under a Chasseur pot! That would be a tough way to go, Gerard. 🙂 –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You can just see the head-line in the paper with an arrow pointing to a photo of a body laying under a chasseur.

      A person was held in custody for over 8 days under suspicion of planning an act of terrorism only to be released when it was found he had armed himself with a converted fly-swatter that he could fire up his barbeque with.

      This Government has gone completely cuckoo with their ‘Border Protection’ obsession. It is making all of us nervous and tense. there is no foreign terror. The real terror is local domestic violence.


      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        “Aunt Tilda passed away today. She was found in the kitchen under her chasseur that contained her favorite potato dish. The potatoes will be eaten at her memorial service on Tuesday, as she would have wished.”

        The fly swatter story is classic.

        Strange tidings out of Australia. Scary. They sound almost Trumpish. Or like Steve Bannon is wandering around down under. Can it get any more weird? –Curt

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Vale Aunty Tilda.

        May her epitaph contain. ‘An extraordinary woman who just loved her potato.’


  8. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Yes, a court definitely should!

    Oh! Your potato bake sounds yummy! And a great way to deal with scary Potato-Heads!
    HUGS for you and Helvi!!!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the potato dish is a terrific stand-by. We usually cook enough for a few days.
      Tonight id will be mashed potatoes with Kransky. The kransky is not the healthiest but at almost 80 years, we can go a bit on a dietary wild side.

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  9. shoreacres Says:

    I’m going to have to adapt your potato bake, since I’m just not willing to throw in those anchovies. I know, I know — but I think it wouldn’t be too bad with the addition of some other veggies, and more onioin and garlic, and maybe even a bit of bacon.

    I’ll work something out. The time may come when such a dish is a necessity here, too. I want to be ready.

    I did have a pleasant Memorial Day holiday — visited an aunt and cousins in Kansas City. I’m a little behind on everything, of course, but have another couple days of pleasant travel before I get home. A cousin’s coming with me, and will stay for a time, which is very nice. If she likes anchovies, I’ll be a good hostess and make your potato bake for her.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The taste of fishy anchovies goes when hot fried with garlic and rosemary, Linda.
      I understand though. I can’t eat vegemite, yet it is almost an Australian institution. There used to be a vegemite song. Here it is.


  10. urban liaisons Says:

    There is still hope for Australia because I have found this post here on WordPress recently:

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