Monday, 18 June 2012

The sky's the limit!

I told myself when I started my blog that every post had to include something about potatoes, otherwise....... well, it wasn't about potatoes was it?  
So you can see my dilemma today when I was keen to post the photos I was considering entering into Tasha Chawner's Weekend Photo Project, but at the same time they had nothing whatsoever to do with potatoes! 

The key word for the photo challenge for Sunday was "The Sky".

 Oh dear , what to do? 
 How could I ever make this into a post to do with spuds?

Well first, let me show you my photos and see which one you would have chosen, only one allowed.....















I actually took the photos on Saturday, and I am so pleased I did, because the sky with it's cloud formations was pretty special and Sunday (as I write) it is just plain old blue!

Hope you enjoy, and I wonder which photo you would pick?  I'll let you into a little secret,  I decided on number 6, with the aeroplane, mainly because it was serendipity that it just happened to be passing by as I had my camera pointed to the sky!  

But back to the potato connection.  You knew I wouldn't let you down!!

So prepare to be amazed!

Potato Clouds from the Photography of Joachim Knill

Joachim Knill's webite says that his....
....."most recent work consists of 20"x30' Polaroids photographs which he creates with the world's largest portable instant film camera designed and built by himself. The one of a kind photographs depict surreal landscapes and installations which he builds in his studio. He uses mostly natural objects such as fruits, flowers, vegetables, seedpods, sticks and stones, or delapitaded building parts, all collected either on his travels or around Hannibal Missouri where he currently resides."

Wonderful isn't it, and thank you so much Joachim 
for giving me permission to show your fabulous photo here 

But wait, there's more, thanks to Disney family fun recipes

Yes, you heard right! More Potato Clouds. 

You'd have to agree that potatoes are pretty versatile:)
Doesn't this just melt your heart:)

  • 4 large russet or Idaho potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon dill or dried chives
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the potatoes and use the tip of the peeler to scoop out any brown spots. Cut each potato in half lengthwise and then slice into 1/2- to 1-inch pieces. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water.
  2. Mashed Potato Clouds - Step 2 Bring the potatoes to a boil, watching carefully to make sure they do not boil over. Once they have come to a boil, cook for an additional 10 minutes or until tender (about 20 minutes in all). (While the potatoes are boiling, make the butter pats: see step 4.) Take the pan of potatoes off the stove and drain the water.
  3. Pour the milk over the potatoes and add the butter. Using a potato masher, press down on the potatoes until they are smooth. (If you are working with younger kids, transfer the potatoes from the hot saucepan to a large bowl before mashing.)
  4. Mashed Potato Clouds - Step 4 To make the herbed butter pats, mix together the softened butter and the dill or chives. Press the mixture into a 2-inch by 3-inch rectangle on a piece of waxed paper. Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes, then use miniature cookie cutters to cut out butter pats.
  5. Spoon the mashed potatoes onto the dinner plates and serve with a pat or two of herbed butter. Serves 4.


    Well enough from me today, I have got my head in the clouds and I think it is time to come back down to earth!
    See you next time and don't forget to leave a comment and let me know which photo you would have selected for the weekend photo project.  And if any of you are interested, I am sure Tasha would be happy for you to join in the project right where we are.  It's great fun, and sparks ideas you didn't know you had!


  1. Oh Jane - gorgeous photos!
    Nos. 4, 8, 9 & 10 are all my favourites. No 4 for the way you've framed the sky with the window; No 8 for view out over the plateau; No 9 for the reflection in the dam and No 10 just because it is beautiful....
    I'm no help at all am I?!
    Tasha xo

  2. Ha! That's interesting to get your thoughts Tasha! I'd better get over to Flickr and put one up there. Think I will stick with No 6 :) Your sky one is magnificent, the colours are just beautiful. Bye for now, Jane

  3. Jane, you are an amazing person and I don't think you should put constraints on yourself to make everything have to be about spuds. Just the fact that you chose Earth Apple Jane (pom de terr Jane?)as a handle tells me you are a philosophical wonder. I will visit you spuds or no spuds. YOU GO GIRL!!! YOU HAVE GIRL POWER GOING ON BIG TIME! Thank you for sharing your interesting sweet life with us. Steve.

  4. A philosophical wonder! Wow that is quite something Steve! Thank you for letting me off the hook about the spuds. I might even let the odd carrot or pea take centre stage one day, who knows! Glad you found the blog since I changed the address, I was a bit worried no-one would find it anymore. Cheers Jane

  5. Hi there Jane, "Mashed Potato Clouds", you are so clever . . . I love it. My favorite photo was number 4. I like that it is an unusual perspective and not something others would think to do. I guess that's what they mean when they say, thinking outside the box. My second favorite is number 11. You certainly have an artistic eye. Have a marvelous day, Connie :)
    Don't hesitate from posting, if you don't have a potato subject. We love you, potato or not.

  6. Well you are very kind Connie:) And thank you for giving your thoughts on the photos. I appreciate it because it was your photo posts that inspired me to get more adventurous in the first place. Have a lovely weekend:) Bye for now Jane

  7. Number 13 would have been my choice - I love the reflection of the sky caught in all those ripples,
    have a great weekend

  8. Thanks Jacqueline, I like that one too! A couple of ducks and some low swooping swallows made the ripples. Bye for now Jane

  9. love you clouds and your spuds. How sweet is that herby love heart of butter.

    1. Hi Kirsty! Yes that heart of butter is a little cutie isn't it! Nice to see you :) bye for now Jane


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