Southern Goodness!

Two inevitable truths about my life

  1. There will always be a half used carton of buttermilk in my fridge

  2. My boyfriend will always beg me for southern food.

This will never change.

So recently I decided to join forces, to use buttermilk in southern food. I know I know, this is painfully obvious. I make pretty fantastic friend chicken with buttermilk but that’s not really an every day meal.

Nothing that involves buying 2 litres of vegetable oil constitutes as an every day meal.

But other then that my use of buttermilk in southern food is limited. Maybe I should rephrase that, my knowledge of southern food is limited.

Anyhoo, we had some cabbage in the fridge the other day and a light bulb went off in my head.

And so I made one of the most basic of southern foods and it used up half a cup of buttermilk. That’s right, coleslaw with buttermilk dressing. Obvious isn’t it?

And then I made some really tasty chicken with this amazing spice mix that I picked up at the farmers market, and I made homemade potato chips.

And then I had a very good meal and an extremely happy boyfriend. And my carton of buttermilk is nearly empty. Yes.

Homemade Potato Chips

4 large Yukon Gold Potatos

1/4 cup Olive Oil

A healthy spinkling of salt

Preheat oven to 350F

Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife slice the potatoes paper thin.

Put the potatoes in a bowl and rinse with cold water. The water will get cloudy. This is starch coming out and you want it out! The starch will make your chips soggy instead of crispy so rinse until the water gets clear. You may need to pour out all the water and refill it a few times to get it clear.

Dry off the potatoes gently with a hand towel and spread them out on a baking sheet. Mix with the oil and salt and put them in the oven!

Every ten minutes or so take them out of the oven and flip them gently so that you can ensure that they cook evenly. They may stick together a bit so push them apart whenever possible. Pretty soon they’ll look like this:

In the meantime make your coleslaw.

1/2 cup Buttermilk

1/2 cup Mayonaise

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

Fresh herbs, I used italian parsley and mint

Salt and Pepper

Half a head of Cabbage

Mix everything but the cabbage together. Test for seasoning.

Mix in your cabbage! and your done!

Now, I didn’t measure anything for my chicken, but I roasted 2 legs off with just some southern spice mix and salt in the oven at 350 for about half an hour. And it was delicious!