Cilantro and Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Mash

Another recipe with goat cheese. It's goat cheese week! I love side dishes that are packed with flavor and dead easy to make. For this side, you don't even have to peel the potatoes, as the skins are full of vitamins and fiber and have an earthy taste you wouldn't want to miss. We had this for lunch with a creamy leek toast. (For that, cook some leeks in butter; once soft, add a bit of cream; bubble away, then pop it on toasted bread; top with cheese and broil in the oven.) Serves 4


• 1 large sweet potato • 1 medium potato • 100g goat cheese • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped • 1 tablespoon butter • salt + black pepper

Rinse your potatoes under water, then cut them into 1" cubes, without peeling. Put them in a medium pot and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain them, put back in the pot, and mash. Add the goat cheese, cilantro, and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Garlic Red Potatoes, Chives and Parmesan

Who doesn't like potatoes? They're inexpensive, very tasty, and they fill you up nicely. In this recipe I pan-fried and then oven-roasted small red potatoes and mixed them with garlic butter, some chives and parmesan. Breakfast, lunch or dinner - I could eat them anytime! You could also cool them completely and make an awesome potato salad just by adding some mayo and sour cream.


• 3 lbs small red potatoes • 3 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil • 3 tablespoons butter • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped • 1/2 bunch of chives • 1/2 cup quality parmesan • salt + pepper

Preheat the oven to 375F. Wash and cut the potatoes in half. Put the oil in a saute pan and heat up at medium-high heat. Add the potatoes, face down, and cook for 6-7 minutes, until they're golden. Do it in 2 batches. Transfer them face up in a oven pan. Salt and pepper and in the oven for 30 minutes. In a small saucepan melt the butter and add the garlic. Cook on low heat for 2 minutes. Once the potatoes are done, get them out and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the parmesan, chives and garlic butter. Stir gently with a wooden spoon. Drop in pinch of salt. Serve and eat!