I love potatoes, give them to me baked, boiled or fried. I have inherited having a continuous healthy stash of them in my kitchen from my mum, they are a staple. It has only been in recent years, as I research more about Latvian culture and cuisine, that I am adamant that my love of potatoes is in my blood.
If you are like me, when you think of a potato munching country you automatically think of Ireland. It seems, for all the same reasons that potatoes were important to the Irish, they were just as important to Latvians.
Potatoes are sometimes referred to as ‘the other bread’ by Latvians, and they feature heavily in the cuisine. The hardy spud was an important introduction to Latvia from North America in the 19th Century. No longer would peasants go hungry when the grain stores ran low in Winter and Spring, there was food to eat.