The Vegie Smugglers promise to you [insert toothy smile & a wink]

Regardless of being on my best behaviour lately, it seems that I court Facebook trouble at every turn. Perhaps it is a special knack I have for pissing people off, or a general inability to keep my mouth shut.

I think I’m tired of it though, and need a rest. So from now on, I promise you that I will no longer use any of the following words online…

Fat people.
Fat kids.
Julia Gillard.

I think that just about does it. There will be no insinuations about fat kids being fat because they eat too much of the wrong food, or judgements about mothers in supermarkets. Instead my pages will be filled with stories about cute puppies, photos of babies in ladybird costumes and the recipes will be selected by you, not me.

Which is why this week, we’re eating potato bake. You chose it.

Now… (she says, tapping the table with her fingertips) with everything running without controversy, what will I do with the rest of my day?


Potato (& sweet potato) bake

1 kg potato (I use 700g regular waxy potatoes and 300g kumura or sweet potato)
300ml cream
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small onion, grated
½ cup Parmesan cheese
¾ cup grated cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 180C. Spray an oven dish with spray oil or rub with butter.

Combine the cream, garlic, onion, Parmesan and ½ cup of the cheddar. Set aside.
Thinly slice your potatoes (be patient and use a sharp knife, OR use a mandolin slicer).

Layer potato over the bottom of the dish, drizzle over some of the cream mixture, then do a layer of sweet potato. Repeat the process with another layer of potato, then the sweet potato then finish off with regular potato. Pour over all the rest of the cream, top with ¼ cup cheddar cheese.

Bake for about 1¼ hours until cooked through. (Cover with foil if it starts to burn before then).

Serves 2 adults & 2 kids

24 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Sam said,

    My mum did a version of this that included big chunks of ham, a real family favourite. Do you serve this with something generally or is it standalone. Yours with the world’s best wishes, rainbows and (not too many for the f*t kids) lollipops

    • 2

      wendyblume said,

      It’s a great side dish. We had it recently with steaks! My kids have just started loving a steak! And mushrooms, oven-baked with herbs, garlic and butter.

      Peace and sunshine. 😉

  2. 3

    Alicia said,

    Love it Wendy! The online world can be exhausting. There just seems to be so many people out there waiting to be offended and revelling in their outrage. Just chill people!

    • 4

      wendyblume said,

      yes, i must admit I am quite exhausted at the moment. But still inspired to cook and share. and I doubt I’ll stay amiable for too long – not in my nature.

      hugs, cuddles and jellybeans. x

  3. 5

    katie said,

    teehee… sorry to giggle but your post amused me. i really don’t understand why people get so ‘offended’ so easily when others post ‘flippant’ comments (it is clear from the way you write that you don’t mean to upset). i think we all need to be more gentle with ourselves and others… social media brings out the worst in so many people. in saying that, i enjoy all your facebook posts, so whinge away if you need to 🙂 now off to buy some potatoes… mmmm….. gratin….

  4. 6

    Judith said,

    Plenty of fat in that recipe ….great for a winter’s day 🙂 Keep it up …. love you’re ideas….

  5. 8

    Katie said,

    Bummer I don’t have facebook so I’m missing all the action lol. Love your blog and recipes though thanks 🙂

  6. 9

    Lealea said,

    Haters gonna hate. Keep up the good work and keep smiling!

  7. 10 said,

    Easy, delicious and totally uncontroversial. Yum!

  8. 11

    Jodi said,

    Great post. Don’t change a thing. I love your posts both here and on Facebook. P.S. I was with you on the Mars Bar slice before lunch!!

  9. 12

    ANBB said,

    I just shoved a lazy potato bake in the oven: unpeeled potatoes sliced very thinly, cooked for about an hour, topped with grated cheese for about the last 15 minutes. Last weekend my potato hating 3 year old consented to eat one slice (as in one circle of potato!) of this so we are going for the repeat trick!

  10. 13

    Natural New Age Mum said,

    Personally, I like people that aren’t afraid to respectfully voice their opinions. And I also like potato bake.

  11. 14

    Jody Foster said,

    We used to use a cheese and leek soup packet mix mixed with milk in lieu of cream in our potato bake and always got rave reviews. But sadly they don’t make it anymore so cream it is now.

    • 15

      wendyblume said,

      soup mixes all seems to be very gourmet these days. i looked for ‘cream of chicken’ and couldn’t find it. Not that I use them particularly – they taste so salty, no doubt cream is much healthier and has far less additives.

  12. 16

    Ruth said,

    I’m in the same boat as Katie and quite annoyed that I don’t have Facebook as I seem to miss all the exciting stuff.
    So regardless of what you said, keep up the great work Wendy. I love your blog posts and your recipes so please don’t let the whiners get you down!

  13. 17

    Sparky said,

    I need a potato bake recipe without onion (or any member of the allium family) due to food sensitivities…have yet to find a potato bake-ish recipe without it that tastes any good. Any suggestions?? I miss my potato bake!

    • 18

      wendyblume said,

      I’m guessing onion powder is no-go? What about a stronger cheese crumbled through? A nice feta? Or even some grated haloumi might be good for a bit of oomph.

  14. 19

    Rachel said,

    Hi Wendy, I love reading your blog but would rather go to your page than receive emails. I’ve tried contacting word press with no luck (and tried the “unfollow”) but can’t seem to stop the emails. Any chance you can help your end? PS tried pot bake last night- huge hit 🙂

    • 20

      wendyblume said,

      Hi Rachel, I’m really sorry, but I don’t have any control over the functionality of the subscribe/unsubscribe (this is just a free wordpress blog). I have had one other person who had to try several times before the unsubscribe worked.

  15. 21

    Oh who doesn’t love potato bake!
    I went to a wedding once where it was a major featured dish and everyone thought that was fabulous!
    Great photo X

  16. 23

    Wendy, please do not stop being you…to all the people you piss off…pft to them! You can’t please all the people all the time, and if they don’t like…..UNLIKE!

    Keep up your amazing wit and work…. 🙂

  17. 24

    brenda34 said,

    And here it is…everything I love rolled into one recipe. I could eat the whole dish!

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