I’m a flake.
Ok… maybe that’s a little harsh.
I flaked on plans I made last Friday night, and I felt guilty until exactly this morning.
See… (I’ll try keep this short) I was supposed to go to see a friend’s play on Friday night. You know, it’s just one of those things you do. Friend. Theater. You just go see it.
I was on the list. The play was showing walking distance from my house. I had no other plans. The weather was gorgeous. Really… I’d have to be a complete jerkface to not show up, right? Well I didn’t, and here’s why…
I threw on my favorite jeans. I was wearing my cute jacket and scarf. I walked myself over to the theater feeling pretty good about the world. That’s when I saw it: a crowd of strangers. I froze. All the charm and clever wit that I might have possessed simply drained out of my system. I suppose that happens to the best of us sometimes. In my case, rather than facing my spontaneous fear of strangers, I turned myself right around and walked back home.
On the way home I concocted an elaborate lie to tell my friend the next time I saw him. It was full of stress, drama, lost time and regret. I stopped myself. Literally. In the middle of my street.
Why lie? Why not keep it simple? Why not express a little vulnerability? Why not just say I couldn’t handle strangerdanger that particular night?
That’s just what I did. Next time I say my friend, I simply apologized, looked him directly in the eye and told him what a ‘fraidycat I was. It felt like one of those simply, human moments when you just lay it all out there for better or worse.
Life is complicated enough. Why disguise your vulnerabilities with lies? And why disguise your potatoes with a bunch of nonsense?
There are few things in the world more simple and honest that a potato.
These Oven Baked Fries with Herbes de Provence are a lovely way to celebrate simplicity. Herbes de Provence is a spice mixture that usually contains thyme, rosemary, basil, bay leaf, marjoram and lavender. It’s gentle and kind, and a classy touch to these oven potatoes.
Crunchy Oven Baked Fries with Herbes de Provence
inspired by Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes
serves 3 or 4 (about a potato per person)
3 or 4 medium sized Russet potatoes, rinsed and dried (you can peel them if you like)
2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil plus 1 teaspoon (or olive oil if you have it on hand)
1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
1/2 – 1 teaspoon sea salt (depending on how salty you like your fries)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Pour 1 teaspoon of oil on baking sheet and spread around with a paper towel, greasing the sheet before you add the potatoes.
Slice cleaned potatoes lengthwise into 1/3″ thick slices, then slice those slices into smaller potato strips. Place on the baking sheet and drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of oil. Toss the potatoes in the oil to coat. Place in oven for 25- 35 minutes, removing the tray every 10 minutes to toss and stir the potatoes, then returning to the oven. Cook until browned and irresistable.
Remove from the oven and immediatley add salt and Herbes de Provence. Toss and serve.