Thyme Roasted Purple Potatoes and Corn

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

There are certain memories that Dayv and I thoroughly enjoy bringing up in conversation, particularly with others.  Anytime there's an in, one of us(but usually me) will take the opportunity to reference these little pieces of history.  The weird, quirky little markers in our life that distinguish our story from another, and ones which I never want to forget.  

Like the time Dayv was homeless.  Of course he wasn't really homeless, he just didn't have a home.  Let me explain... (see, this is me, bringing it up.)  

The spring that Dayv graduated from college, his parents decided that it was time to pack up and move out to Amish country (aka Lancaster, PA, about 100 miles west of Philadelphia).  They put their cute little twin house on the market and it was immediately snatched up.  Dayv went from living a comfy, get up at noon with no job type of living situation to Umm..what the @#$* am I supposed to do?  He briefly considered moving with his parents, but I immediately shot it down.  No, I don't do long distant relationships.  You're 22 years old.  Time to grow up and get a job.



In the meantime, Dayv made arrangements to stay with his cousin, Matt, sleeping on his couch, until he landed a job.  In addition, I made a quite convincing plea to my parents, asking them in my sweetest, most heartfelt voice, to allow Dayv to also live with us.  They had to talk about it.  And then said yes on two conditions- #1- Dayv had to find a job asap and #2- He could only sleep over on "non-school nights" because my mom was worried that there would be too much demand for our one bathroom in the morning.  And so, Dayv alternated living with his cousin and my family from July until October, while saving money for an apartment.

Dayv successfully got a job at the end of July, and went from staying with us 3-4 days a week to every day.  One of the reasons was because his commute was cut down from one hour to 45 minutes when he lived at our house.  Another reason was because Dayv got up at 5am, so he was able to take a shower and leave before the rest of the family even woke up.  And the last reason...my mom enjoyed preparing her favorite meals on a regular basis because she had an additional mouth to feed(It wasn't fun to make time-consuming meals when only she and my dad would eat them, while her two vegan children munched on salads).  Dinner became an event, and one which was often enjoyed on our deck as one big happy family.  Dayv was used to eating box meals every night for dinner when he lived with his parents and it had been long since he enjoyed a real homemade meal.  He made my mom feel like Betty Crocker when she made her cheese and spinach manicotti or pot roast.  Or roasted purple potatoes.

A few weeks ago, I spotted purple potatoes at Trader Joes and was immediately taken back to the days when the idea of a meal freshly made, and not out of a box, was new and exciting to Dayv.  When fresh potatoes, with just a few ingredients, could be transformed into one hell of a dish.  And made me appreciate and value our homemade dinners together just a little more.  It also helped that upon Dayv's first bite of this dish, said, "I love purple potatoes!"  I know.  I remembered ;)



Thyme Roasted Purple Potatoes and Corn
serves two, as a side, easily multiplied depending on mouths to feed
2-3 purple potatoes, depending on size, rinsed and cut into eight cubes
2/3 c corn, fresh or frozen
approx. 2 tsp olive oil
2 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed
sea salt

Preheat oven to 400.  In a small casserole dish(I use my smallest pyrex container), combine potatoes and corn.  Drizzle on olive oil and mix until vegetables are coated.  Add in thyme leaves and sea salt, and mix again until evenly dispersed.  Cover dish with aluminum foil and place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife.  Remove from oven.  Enjoy!

31 comments:

  1. I have never tried purple potatoes, but they are so pretty! I will definitely be buying them as soon as I can find them!

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    1. they ARE so pretty! hope you can track some down!

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  2. Pretty colors! I have most of these ingredients so I'll be making this tonight :)

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  3. that is such a sweet story:) and those cute purple potatoes! Icant imagine my parents letting vivek anywhere close to living close to me unless a we were married and b he was all settled in a stable job:) just the way indian parents think. I remember when Dad found out i was dating, he was furious that I would be distracted from studying(he was very strict then):). then after a few years my sis just went and told him that a guy propositioned that he likes her and they should date, and asked him if she should go ahead. She was the daddy's girl. My dad burst out laughing:)

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    1. thanks, lady! your dad sounds like such a loving, protective father. a lot like mine, actually ;)

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  4. Even if I didn't like potatoes, I could never turn down PURPLE ones! Yummy!

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    1. aww yay suzanne! love this comment!

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  5. Those colors are unreal! So vibrant and beautiful, there's no way anyone in their right mind would turn such a dish away. I especially love how you kept it simple though, allowing the vegetables to really shine.

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    1. thanks, hannah! i love simplicity ;)

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  6. Great little dish Caitlin, and very cute story :) It's funny how food and certain smells can so easily bring back memories of different events in our lives. I've never tried purple potatoes. Are they anything like sweet potatoes?

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    1. no, not like sweet potatoes. when you roast them, they become a little softer than a yukon gold, with a nice hardy, lightly sweet flavor.

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  7. I never tire of roasted potatoes, purple or not. :-) Adding corn is such a good idea! I love this little story too- I can totally relate. Chris and I have several stories that we love telling, and I'm sure there are people who are tired of hearing them. ;-)

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    1. thanks, kristy ;) glad to know i'm not the only one waiting for any opportunity to retell stories from our past ;)

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  8. Thanks for sharing a bit of your personal life with us - I like how you were able to turn a stressful event into a positive situation for both of you! My parents like having my sisters' boyfriends over for dinner too - my dad has someone to share beers with and talk about sports, and they get some extra-large appetites to enjoy their cooking! I doubt they would have agreed to having one of them live at our house though haha

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    1. you're welcome, lady! so glad you enjoyed it! i would have never guessed beforehand that my parents would let my boyfriend live with us, but, they knew how important he was to me(and still is, of course!), so i think that helped ;)

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  9. Beautiful, simple and yummy!

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  10. Beautiful! You are such a sweetie Caitlin to share this story with us! Love how certain foods trigger such strong memories :) I love purple potatoes....and corn too!

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    1. i'm so glad you enjoyed it, shira!

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  11. What a sweet story! I'm glad that Dayv had a place to stay while he was "homeless." It probably also gave your parents a way to really get to know him. (Even when you know someone pretty well, living with them takes it to another level.)

    I always think purple potatoes are so much fun. There are so few purple foods, especially purple vegetables. Pretty!

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    1. thanks, cadry! i agree, i love purple veggies- like purple cauliflower!

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  12. Such a pretty salad Caitlin! Love it. Fresh corn and purple potatoes - delicious! I love how food can bring back certain memories. My mom made my chocolate strawberry shortcakes for my birthday this weekend and it brought me back to being a kid again. Loved it. :)

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    1. thanks, courtney! chocolate strawberry shortcakes sound delicious!

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  13. Haha! What a sweet story...with a happy ending! Mmm purple potatoes ARE especially delicious. You're inspiring me to make some for my boyfriend--I'm pretty sure h'd be a giant fan of this beautiful dish!

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    1. ooh! i hope you make this for your boyfriend, erika!

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  14. It's been way too long since I had purple potatoes and I have a massive amount of thyme in the garden--perfect!

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    1. yay! gotta use up all that thyme!

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  15. What a sweet story- I would had never guessed Dayv was a couch surfer :) Purple potatoes are pretty amazing, I love how you state he made your Mom feel like Betty Crocker, that line totally made me smile and pictured mom you Mom super happy cooking Dayv's meals :)

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    1. it's funny to think that, but he was a total couch surfer ;) and my mom loved the betty crocker line, too!

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  16. Yellow and purple are my favourite complimentary colours, so I've fallen for this dish already!
    I love when food can trigger such strong memories, a real sense of space and time. Adorable story :)

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