It’s come around again for me. No matter how hard I try to make the date change, it lurks in the shadows, waiting for me to not pay enough attention. It knows that as soon as I let my guard drop, that will be the true end of me. So I must remain diligent or else fall prey to the terribleness of April Fools’ Day.
You know, the day where every site likes to try and run some article to convince you of that horrible thing you’d hoped would never come true has, in fact, now come true. Or maybe you’d just like to read a little about an upcoming movie or comic… yet, can you be sure of any information you receive on that day?
Nay, I say!
Instead, I’d like to honor my least favorite day of the year by talking about the thing that feels like April Fools Day every day of the year.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes are not fancy.
I don’t know where you get off thinking that adding a little bit of garlic suddenly makes them a dish to feed to kings and dignitaries. I don’t care what the cooking shows have told you. They aren’t improved by such additions. Instead, the garlic actually takes away from the perfection of the dish.
The beauty is in the simpleness of the dish. Heck, the simpleness of the food itself.
It’s Potatoes that are mashed, with butter and milk and maybe salt. That’s pretty much it.
It’s a basic dish. Potatoes are basic.
And that’s OK.
This was never supposed to be a dish served at the five star resturants. You know, those places where the amount of food on the dish is quarter sized? Where the food is so fancy, you don’t know which fork to use to eat?
Mashed Potatoes are supposed to be served as a way to try and take up every spare inch of your plate. It should be a question of what might fall to the floor, that’s the amount of mashed you need. It is comfort food. It is pure goodness.
Stop trying to make it something it isn’t.
John McGuire is the writer of the sci-fi novel: The Echo Effect.
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