carbo comfort

Truth be told, I’ve been having quite a bit of a writer’s block as of late. Blame it on the festivities, the month-long Ramadhan-designated posts, and perhaps the lack of enthusiasm to bake [and eat] any more cakes and cookies after Eid.  Then again, I should clarify that;– the lack of enthusiasm to bake [and eat] any more cakes and cookies that aren’t already on the table and in the jars tempting me every morning. It’s always interesting how everyone seems to look forward to the once-a-year spread of delicacies and festive dishes, but just a day or two of these treats would suffice, and send most of us craving for good old comfort food.

For some on my Twitter list, as I had noticed, comfort came in the form of a bowl of piping hot instant noodles with cili padi (bird’s eye chilli), while many turned to greasy indulgence of burgers and french fries. For myself, much to the dismay of my expanding waistline, comfort almost always comes in the form of starchy carbs, and anything with potatoes definitely tops the list.

And of course, nothing quite beats skin-on soft potatoes baked with aromatic garlic and rosemary in my books. What’s your comfort food like?

Oven- Baked Rosemary-Garlic Potatoes
(two servings)

2 medium potatoes, skin on
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp dried rosemary

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Scrub the potatoes clean, and cut into bite-sized chunks. Dry them thoroughly and spread them on a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  3. Add in the oil, salt, ground black pepper and dried rosemary, and toss the potatoes to coat them evenly with the seasonings.
  4. Throw in the crushed garlic amidst the potatoes.
  5. Bake / roast for about 25 – 30 mins, or until the potatoes cook through and you get your desired texture.
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17 thoughts on “carbo comfort

  1. the mister

    Cili padi is ‘bird’s eye chilli’?!

    Sungguh tak fierce, man!

    It should be like called ‘Dynamite Chilli’ or ‘VERY HOT Chilli”.

    Or at the very least if they wanna stick to the bird’s eye thing, “Able-To-Make-Even-A-Bird’s-Eye-Shed-Tears Chilli”.

    Bird’s eye chilli?

    Pfft.

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  2. Wei-Wei

    Hahaha you and the mister are so funny! I don’t really like potatoes (they’re quite flavourless in China…) but if they’re roasted or home-fry like… then I’ll pop them like pills. That didn’t make sense. Heh.

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    1. ovenhaven Post author

      amy: Haha, I’m surprised there weren’t any mention of lemon! And oooooh, how about a chocolate pie/tart with a generous scoop of ice-cream on the side? *droools* I’ll call the ambulance :P

      oneordinaryday: *hi-fives!*

      Wei-Wei: Haha, I guess I understand what you mean :P I love how you mentioned home-fried, as opposed to just fried. I always find fries too greasy, but there’s something tempting about home-fried potatoes!

  3. maameemoomoo

    OooH! I love rosemary and i love potatoes!

    I’ve once eaten this in the restaurant and fell in love with it. Thank you for your recipe! Will bake this when i’ve the chance for sure ;)

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    1. ovenhaven Post author

      Rosemary goes really well with potatoes, doesn’t it? :) Oh, and chicken too. And chicken WITH potatoes on the side. Okay, I’m just getting hungry :P

  4. mrsplainjune

    dear ovenhaven.. thanks so much for sharing this simple yet very very fulfilling & comforting food/ recipe.. i doubled your recipe & gobbled it all at once (so very un-lady-like)!! :p
    pls keep on posting!

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