The Anonymous Widower

Peeling Potatoes

Would anybody describe this as a go0d exercise for someone who has had a stroke? But I’m making one of Jamie Olivers’s fish pies and that needs a kilogram of potatoes to be peeled.

I peel potatoes with the potato in my left and the knife in my right, but then I’m right-handed. I also tip the potatoes into a largew bowl of cold water and in fact just retrieving the next potato is quite soothing. But the action of holding the potato and then twisting it so that the next bit of peel is removed, seems to be a good exercise.

It’s also rewarding to yourself, as you see your naked creations gradually filling the saucepan.

 I think though that peeling potatoes is one of those mundane jobs, which because a knife is involved, you concentrate about to get done well and then get a large degree of satisfaction, when you complete it.

I found the same satisfaction, when I cleaned my shoes on Saturday.  Perhaps stroke recovery is all about getting back to normal and that means doing all those day-to-day tasks.

July 5, 2010 - Posted by | Food, World | ,


  1. One of the well known issues with people who have had strokes is that they lose motivation, so anything which motivates is really good.

    Liz (who only ever washes potatoes, doesnt peel them)

    Comment by Liz P | July 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. […] also have one of Delia’s little Kenwood choppers, as my knife skills may be good enough for peeling potatoes, but chopping anything very small is […]

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