Basque Parsley Potatoes

I am writing this post with a smile on my face and skip in my heart.  The smile is because the lovely and talented Cheryl Lu Lien Tan reached out to us a couple weeks ago and asked us to be part of the launch of her new book, A Tiger In the Kitchen. Cheryl’s book is a memoir about discovering her Singaporean roots while cooking along side her family in Singapore.  I can hardly wait to read the book, if it is anything as delicious as her site, we will not go hungry.    Cheryl has asked a handful of people to share a family recipe today, something near and dear to our taste-buds as well as our hearts.  It was a hard to decide between my family’s recipes and the recipes I have learned from Lenny’s family;  hard decision when half of your household roots are Basque and the other half is Portuguese.  Even though the food from both cultures are somewhat similar, they are just as different.  Definitely does make for deliciousness all the time.

The skip in my heart is because I am sharing a recipe that was a childhood favorite of mine.  You see, my grandmother Helen, use to make this dish very often, it was a staple in her house as well as my great-grandmother’s and Tia’s homes.   I, remember, fondly, of opening the front door and the sweet but pungent arms of garlic wrapping itself around me and leading me into the kitchen.  There my grandmother Helen, stood stirring a bubbly pot of potatoes with garlic and parsley.  I could not wait for it to be placed on the table;  instead, I would grab a spoon and sip the warm soothing broth, feeling the potatoes gently mash against the roof of mouth.  I loved it!  I loved every garlicky taste.  I loved the smell in the kitchen.  I loved the smile on her face.  I loved the warmth that was everywhere around us.  Perfect.  Soothing.  Comfort.

This opportunity to share a family memory, was the gentle nudge that we have been needing, as we have been wanting to start sharing more of our family recipes with you.  We talk about it often, then skip onto something else.  Thank you, Cheryl, for stirring the pot – so to say.

What is your favorite family recipe?




  1. Such a lovely post, and those potatoes look delicious. I second the call for more family recipes!

  2. Garlicky potatoes — what a winner! And I loved the image you conjured of your grandmother at the stove stirring the pot. Food has such power, doesn’t it? Thank you for sharing — and celebrating the launch with me! I hope you enjoy the book and I can’t wait to make this! xx

  3. Mmmm, looks good and easy to make. It would have gone good with the Salmon I just had for lunch.

  4. cprgrfx says:

    I guess adding some parsley at the end would be a good idea.

  5. Wanda says:

    Thanks for the wonderful memory, Dear Daughter, of my Mother fixing on of my favorite foods.

  6. Penny Wolf says:

    My Mother made these too with a little butter just at the end.

    Maria believe it or not we had this dish with salmon and asparagus!

    Thank you for this post. Simplicity at it’s best

  7. That is absolutely a wonderful potato recipe… It looks easy to prepare and for sure I will not miss to try it one day. Or maybe I just do it now because I just have the ingredients right here. Not a bad idea. I am so excited.


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