Saturday, June 4, 2011

Simple Potato Salad: On trying to find time

For KSG and YK for making the time to spend with me.

It drives Husband bonkers when he figures out that all the clocks in our home are set at random minutes fast.  I think our kitchen clock is about 8 minutes fast, the clock in the car is about 7 minutes fast, my bedside clock about 5 minutes fast, and my watch, 33 minutes fast.  (Don't ask me about the watch.)  I simply use this method as a way of "finding" time; you know - figuring out that although the clock says 8:20, I still have 7 more minutes to get Daughter #1 to school.  It's exciting, you know, having those extra minutes, and what it usually means is that I am running around at breakneck speed, checking the time constantly and trying to get every last bit of thing done that I can cramming it into those "found" seven minutes.

But I began to see some fault with this crazy method of finding time, because I actually WASTED time by grabbing my iphone to see what time it was anytime I was worried about running late.   I really wasn't finding time, but losing it by having to check it twice.  To top it off, Daughter #1 began learning about time in her class, so I bought her her own digital alarm clock so as to enforce the importance of time, keeping it, and measuring how many minutes she had left, so that she could get herself ready on time.  Her clock, I set to the right time and with that, suddenly she started noticing that all the clocks in the house were set at different times and SHE got frustrated.

I realized that it really wasn't the most efficient way to think about time.  I really wasn't finding any time by setting the clocks fast, and all I was doing was guaranteeing that I really had no idea WHAT time it was.  I consider myself to be an extremely punctual person, so having accuracy and precision in time is far more important than acting like I have a few extra minutes.  In addition, motherhood has made me count down to the milisecond of activity before I dash off to the next one or bolt to another room to take care of another thing.  A few "extra" minutes really doesn't exist.

So I've changed all the clocks.  (FINALLY mutters the Husband.)  It feels good and my wristwatch is running accurately so now I can see exactly where I need to be when I need to be there.  It feels good, more responsible and much more realistic than the former life of running all the clocks ahead.

Now I'm trying to find more time in other ways besides setting the clock ahead.  I want less fussy food, less fussy THINGS, and just want to be less fussy about time.  This potato salad, adapted from one I saw Ina Garten do, is just that - no eggs to boil, a simple dressing to pour on top, and a delicious salad to enjoy.  My friends and I really enjoyed it freshly made, and warm, but it also tastes very very good cold.  Try it both ways but make extra, because it is hard having some of this salad leftover.  (it gets eaten VERY quickly.)
Simple Potato Salad
Adapted from Ina Garten
Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients
3 pounds small red potatoes
salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red onion

Method
Place the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife. Drain the potatoes in a colander.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, chives, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Set aside.

When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in quarters or in half, depending on their size. Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, pour enough dressing over them to moisten. (You may have dressing leftover. Do not pour all of the dressing at once.) Add the celery and red onion. Toss well and serve warm or cover and refrigerate, allowing flavors to blend.

Printable recipe

I'll find some time to eat this.

2 comments:

Me, the hubby, plus 4 said...

I love your other potato salad a lot.. it's a definite crowd pleaser. Can't wait to try this one!
I'm the same way with my clocks. Every room's clock is set a few minutes ahead. LOL.

Joy said...

I hate that. I never know which clock is actually right. My husband does it on purpose to trick himself that he is running late. the potato salad looks great.

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