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A miracle! Mashed potatoes that will be eaten to the last crumb and hold up great from oven to party. No, they’re not your typical potato, milk and butter style but they taste so good that I think you can forgive me.
The day I made these potatoes, my BFF and I got to make a surprise stop at the farmers’ market after going out for breakfast at our favourite truck stop, The Blackfoot Diner. I suppose it’s one of the few non-chain truck stops I’ve been to. In typical truck stop fashion they have something that is purportedly world-famous. In this case, it is their enormous flapper pies, which are custard pies topped with meringue. In the case of this diner, the meringue lifts an impressive head length above the custard. Nonetheless, I haven’t met a single person who knows about these pies, even in Calgary. But, now you know and here’s a picture of me taken a few years ago with one of those bad boys.
Now, I know I have a lot of readers who are not from my near vicinity, so in all likelihood this is the first time you’ve heard of a “flapper pie”. Apparently, it’s a Western Canadian “thing” dating back to the 19th century. It’s a really easy kind of pie to make, though, that doesn’t have to be region-specific at all, so let’s break down regional barriers and share this. Maybe one day I’ll put up a recipe, but in the meantime check out this lovely post by The Kitchen Magpie while I stop this ridiculous habit of talking about food with little or completely no relation to the recipe I am posting.
So, we biked to the farmers’ market after breakfast (which also included a parking lot performance from the local band Jeremy Clarkson) where, along with the necessary mashed potato supplies, we found a magnificent picnic basket and fondue pot. I’m talking top quality vintage goodies (I should clarify that this farmers’ market is also a flea market). I can’t wait to take the picnic basket out. Just a week before, I had seen picnic baskets on sale at the mall for $50. This one was $20 and came with mugs, cutlery and a tablecloth. Talk about a win!
I keep feeling like picnic season (also known as summer) is drawing to a close, but there’s still a bit of time left in summer and I can’t wait to take advantage of it all. What’s your favourite part of summer? I love the picnics, ice cream, outdoor pools, mountains, road trips and biking.
I think this song by Niagara, called “Seals”, pretty much sums it up: The way that summer fades away and the great things about it. The song really hits that laid back mood with a charming quirky pop-ness.
How To Do The Monster Mashed Potatoes and Hand Chive (with Bacon and Cheese)
Makes about 8 side servings.