Friday, January 7, 2011
yesterday in my kitchen...
Yesterday I went to Walmart to buy the ingredients for my dear friend Mary's Lentil Stew. Mary was an excellent cook besides being a wonderful , kind, loving and loyal person. Last year, Mary passed away after a long battle with cancer, but all that she was, lives on in her family and friends. Mary's recipe calls for lentils, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, olive oil, red wine vinegar and beef broth, which I sometimes swap out for vegetable broth. I decided to buy all organic veggies to start my year off right and after putting them all in the food processor, I put them in the pot with EVOO sizzling. I didn't pay too much attention to the ingredients in the pot until I had added the lentils and the broth. As I stirred, I couldn't help but notice that the potatoes looked more like zucchini, with a dark green edge and green innards! That's weird, but maybe it is some new kind of organic potato that is extra healthy or something. I googled "green potatoes" and was met with warnings that it was NOT safe to eat and after calling the company that farmed the potatoes, it was confirmed that they were not safe to eat! Blehh!!! I had to throw away a whole pot of delicious smelling stew in case the poisons had spread. My husband didn't mind because Thursday nights there are all you can eat ribs at the Rib House near our home!
"Green in potatoes indicates the presence of a rather harmful toxin. When you see patches of green in your potatoes as you peel them, cut out the green parts entirely and discard them. What is the green? Actually it's chlorophyll. Not bad for you at all. But the chlorophyll indicates that the potato has been exposed to sunlight. And where the potato has been exposed to light is where a natural toxin in the potato (solanine) becomes concentrated at harmful levels. So, never store your potatoes on the counter. Always keep them in a cool, completely dark place."
Medline Plus, of the National Institute of Health
Just thought it was good info to pass along!
On a brighter note, the easy cookies I made last night came out delicious with very few ingredients!