November 3, 2018

PowerMash with Red Kidney Bean Chilli

Correct, PowerMash does exist. I invented the concept after potatoes were cruelly left out of the government’s ‘five portions of vegetables a day’ initiative. For the honest working class spud it was the ‘Your name’s not down you’re not coming in’ moment.

Many a veg would have trudged dejectedly back to the bus stop and returned in shame to their small provincial town and vowed not to get ‘ideas above its station’ again. Who was it to think it could hang out with the cool veg, like carrots, beetroot & kale!

Well fuck you kale, with your high levels of folic acid and more vitamin C content that an orange, because spudz are getting into the club, and this time they are sneaking in through the back door! People, make some noise, they’re back, please give it up for… PowerMash!

PowerMash is a awesome combination of mashed potato with green veg folded in. Peas, savoy cabbage, parsley ( with the stalks – finely chopped ) or in this case carrot tops.

Rise up potatoes, for too long your voice has been ignored. Regain your rightful place at the heart of British culinary traditions. Fuck you Kale!  PowerMash will not be silenced! PowerMash is back in the venue and this time it’s headlining!


6 medium sized floury potatoes

1 can plum tomatoes

1 onion

1 clove of garlic

1 can of red kidney beans

1 chili

1 bunch of coriander

fried onion sprinkles

half a teaspoon of tumeric

A couple of handfuls of finely chopped fresh carrot tops or parsley or cooked finely shredded green cabbage, leeks or cooked peas.


Chop the potatoes into medium sized chunks and boil for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.

Chop the onion, garlic and chilli and fry in vegetable or seed oil until cooked.

Add the can of tomatoes, break up and simmer until the sauce has thickened.

Drain and rinse the the beans and add to the sauce.

Drain the cooked potatoes, retaining some of the cooking water, and mash with margarine. Add some of the cooking water if you want a smoother consistency.

Mix in the tumeric and season.

Fold in your greens.

Dollop your PowerMash into bowls and add the heated through chilli.

Garnish with chopped coriander and something crunchy. Fried onion sprinkles are good or even crushed tortilla chips.


I am willing to accept that somebody like Jamie Oliver could have invented PowerMash before me.

The picture is actually yesterday’s PowerMash shaped and fried into a cake.

Now you know what to do with the tops from that expensive bunch of heritage carrots you bought from the Farmer’s Market at the weekend you probably feels less guilty about how much you paid for them.

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