Spice up your life – Spicy Oven Roasted Potatoes

“Only a mediocre man is always at his best.” ~W. Somerset Maugham  I’m don’t like citations much but when I heard this one earlier today, I fell in love. I have very strong feelings about mediocrity and how it rules the world; it seems to me that mediocrity is what people feel safe with and therefore like the most. I dislike when I produce mediocre work in whatever field it may be, I rather have it be plain bad or good, not covered with that dull blanket of boredom. I can’t understand how some people stick with a winning formula forever without even trying to evolve and develop. Yes changing and trying to go further will make you stumble and fall now and then, you will take the wrong turn and have to steer back and change but heck, it makes you move forwards and go somewhere, you prove to yourself that you dare to change, that you rose to that challenge called creativity.

So now I have that off my chest, I should talk about the recipe but no no, I want to explain why I have changed to shortened posts that you have to click on a link to read more of. Recently I have had problems accessing Lucullian but it solved itself after a while but when I started getting messages from readers who had the same problem, I had to look into it and this seemed to be the solution. I never liked this kind of shortened posts myself but unfortunately here we are. Now over to the recipe:

4 servings

16-20 small quite new potatoes, you need at least 4 per person as they are small
1,5 tsp fennel seeds
1,5 tsp cumin seeds
1,5 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp pepper corns
a pinch of chili pepper
1 tsp salt (you can always add salt later but not the opposite…)
4 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese or some other tasty hard cheese
2-3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

   Cut the potatoes in half length wise leaving them with the skin on and boil them for 5 minutes at the most (the time depends on how small they are). Tak them up and let them dry.

   Chop or pestle the spices until you have a rough powder. You can also run them in a spice grinder or blender.

   Mix spices with parmesan, salt and olive oil.

   Put the potatoes in a greased oven-proof form or a parchment paper. Divide the spice paste on top of each potato half and bake in a pre-heated oven (225°C/440°F) for 15-20 minutes or until golden. They are good to eat hot or cold.