I spent two weeks last month in B.C., camping on a farm and cooking farm-to-table dinners. I try to do this every year, as it's always a valuable reminder of how much work, sweat and tears go into the food we put into our mouths. It makes me respect the products I work with that much more.
Another wonderful thing about being on small farms is coming across heirloom products that you can't find in the grocery store. This year, Zack, the farmer I was working with, introduced me to the Makah Ozette, a potato steeped in history. The Ozette has been a staple in the diet of the Makah Indians of Washington for over 200 years, ever since it was introduced to them by Spanish explorers in the 1700s.
The potato also happens to be buttery and delicious when young. I ended up making a batch into a simple but flavourful salad, with kettle chips for an unexpected complexity and richness. The potatoes need to be very vinegary to balance the richness of the chips.
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Servings: 4 as a side
2 cups Ozette potatoes (or other new potatoes), boiled in salted water and cut into bite-sized pieces and left at room temperature
4 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup grainy mustard
¼ cup good-quality apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste
1 handful flat leaf parsley, finely sliced
2 green onions, finely sliced
4 heaping tablespoons sour cream
2 handfuls kettle chips
Mix the potatoes with the olive oil in a bowl. Add the mustard and the vinegar a few spoonfuls at a time, tasting all the way: You may not need to add all of either, depending on the products you use and your preference. Season with salt.
Fold in the herbs and taste again. Adjust seasoning.
Smear sour cream all over the bottom of a serving dish. Arrange potatoes over the cream. Sprinkle potatoes chips over and serve immediately.