We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What possible point is there to instant potatoes? Potatoes are cheap, universally available, and easy to keep fresh. Dried substitutes should be for foodstuffs that are hard to get fresh (basil out of season) or for backpackers who need to dehydrate things in order to reduce the load they have to carry.
I made this with ground lamb, crushed stewed tomatoes, caramelized onions and diced, caramelized eggplant. Added a scosh of cinnamon and allspice and real mashed potatoes. It was loved by everyone but the kid. Who cares what kids think, anyway.
Jewel, that sounds very good. I never would have thought of adding eggplant.
I've made mashed potatoes that were cooked with a few sprigs of thyme added to the water, the potaotes have just a hint of their flavor. Usually the thyme flavor is gone if there are any leftover the next day. However, the cinnamon and allspice added to the potatoes sounds especially interesting. I will give that a try. Thanks!