Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Potato Peel Pie Society

Happy returns from a nice long weekend. I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day. I was just going through some beautiful photos at Desire to Inspire and there was a home from the Island of Guernsey over England. I just so happen to be in the middle of reading a lovely book : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I'm only a 1/3 of the way through the book but so far I would definitely recommend it. The pictures are rather close to what I had imagined it would look like.

Also, here the Potato Peel Pie Recipe from the book's website - by their description I'm not sure I would recommend making it:
Potato Peel Pie Recipe
Here’s a recipe for a potato peel pie, but I warn you, it tastes like paste. The more authentic it is, the nastier. These ingredients will make a very small pie (expand at will):

1 potato
1 beet
1 Tablespoon milk

Peel the potato and put the peelings in a pie pan. Don’t cook the peels, because you’re in the middle of an Occupation and you don’t have any fuel. Boil the potato and the beet together in salty water, but not for very long, due to the fuel problem. Just until you can stick a fork in the potato. Take them out and mash them up with the milk. Pour the glop in the pie pan. Bake at 375 for as short a time as is consonant with digestion (fuel again), say, fifteen minutes.
The finished product will look quite attractive and pink. If you squint, you can almost imagine raspberries. Don’t be fooled. It looks a lot better than it is. However, if you forgot that you were in the middle of WWII and added a bunch of butter and milk and salt, it could be quite tasty.

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