Today is World Vegan Day and it’s the first day of the 2016 Vegan MoFO and the theme for the week is Treat Yourself and others! Today’s prompt is: Your favourite food – What is your favourite food? Make it and share!
So what is my favourite food? Well I’d love to say quinoa, avocados or cavolo nero but it’s not, it’s mashed potatoes. I love mash – there it is, I’ve said it! And I’m not alone, champ (brúitín) is a popular Irish dish, made with mashed potatoes and chopped scallions and salt and pepper. In the mid-20th century it was sometimes made with stinging nettles. Then there’s colcannon, another Irish dish made with mashed potatoes which uses kale or cabbage in place of scallions. Hutspot is a Dutch dish made with mashed potatoes, carrots and onions. And in Ghana, the favourite dish is fufu – mashed cassava. It’s a staple food, common in many countries of West Africa and the Caribbean. It can also be made with cassava and green plantain flour or mashed yams or plantains. I like the sound of that.
In most rich, developed countries, where many people have easy access to imported foods and international cuisines, the favourites tend to be pizza, pasta, Chinese or Indian food. But some people do like their own food best; Spanish people put paella at the top of the list. Mexicans like Mexican food best, and the top scorer in India is Indian food, with rice dishes taking the next two places. The UK’s results predictably boring: steak, pasta and chicken.
I could have mash with every meal, bubble and squeak or potato cakes, sweet potato mash or mash with carrots, swede and/or parsnip. Then you can add stuff; roast garlic, horseradish, mustard… as the lovely Edwyn Collins would say “The possibilities are endless!” but if you don’t want to eat mashed potatoes you can always do the mashed potato!