Boxty is a traditional potato dish, celebrated in the rhyme:
Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty in the pan,
If you can't make boxty,
You'll never get your man.
• 1 cup raw potato
• 1 cup mashed potato
• 2 cups plain flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• large knob of butter, melted
• about ½ cup milk
---- Grate the raw potatoes into a bowl.
---- Turn out onto a cloth and wring, catching the liquid. This will separate into a clear fluid with starch at the bottom. Pour off the fluid and scrape out the starch and mix with the grated and mashed potatoes.
---- Sieve the dry ingredients and mix in along with the melted butter. Add a little milk if necessary to make a pliable dough.
---- Knead lightly on a floured surface.
---- Divide into four and form large, flat cakes.
---- Mark each into quarters but do not cut right through unil done, and bake on a griddle or in a heavy pan.
---- If liked, more milk and an egg can be added to make a batter which can be fried in bacon fat like drop scones.
(Luckily for me, my husband of going on 54 years had never heard of boxty!) I've still not tried to make it, but it sounds pretty good!
That's all for this week. The weekend promises sheer chaos as we try to manage a Lions state organizational meeting along with a Mid-South Sight and Hearing Service quarterly meeting and our biggest fund-raiser of the year -- a dinner and auction. See you on the other side!