Sometimes a little luxurious treat is all you need to regain equilibrium. Before you send me hate mail about misplaced extravagance, how much do you think this massive baked half potato with sour cream, butter, over a tablespoon of caviar and some chives cost per serving? (a) PHP1,350 (b) PHP875 (c) PHP220 or (d) less than a Jollibee 1 piece Chicken Joy meal (maybe PHP60). Pick your answer before clicking on the jump…
Simply find the most massive potato you can get (these were jumbo potatoes from S&R), roast it in a hot oven for say 1 hour until cooked. Let it rest for say 10 minutes then cut it in half, scrape out the potato and mash it roughly (I like this chunky). Mix about 1 tablespoon of butter with the mashed potato and return the mixture to the potato skin. Top with a couple of tablespoons of sour cream, add a tablespoon or more of lumpfish caviar from Denmark and sprinkle with a few chives. Serve immediately. To eat, just mix this all up and enjoy. It is a complete meal in and of itself. Protein from the sour cream and caviar, some roughage from the chives and fiber/starch from the potato. A bit of added fat from the butter. Warm, comforting, creamy, and briney all at the same time.
Total cost of this luxurious treat? Potato at say 250 grams and at say PHP40 a kilo, that would be PHP10. Sour cream and butter, say another PHP10. Chives, say PHP2. And lumpfish caviar, in little glass bottles at S&R roughly PHP300, but you use only about PHP30-35 worth on one potato. Total cost = PHP 52-57. Not bad, huh? :) If you are just going to use caviar as an ingredient mixed with other hefty and imposing ingredients, you can definitely get away with using the cheaper types of caviar. It would be a bit sinful to mix beluga caviar with a piping hot potato, but I bet it would still be good. Now for a little reader challenge. In this last photo, can you tell what is a bit awry or unusual about something in the photo? What isn’t conventional?