Oven-Roasted Baby Potatoes

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I was invited to Mayumi’s 1st birthday party and decided to bring oven-roasted baby potatoes. I know. It seems to too adult for toddlers but hey, these baby parties are normally swarmed with parents accompanying their kids, right?

For moms planning a party on a certain budget (and doing all the cooking!), it is quite important to be practical. As the saying goes… maximum effect, minimum effort. Once the mains are decided, a little creativity on the side dishes or ‘extenders’ helps. Think inexpensive, yummy, healthy, quick and easy to prepare.

Roasted potatoes. You can even roast them in a separate rack together with a whole chicken as I did few nights ago on my own birthday dinner. Besides, kids always seem to love anything crisp they would surely love these miniature potatoes. I personally think the crispy, thin skin is the best part!




Baby potatoes, pricked with a fork (bigger ones cut in halves)
Italian herbs (oregano, basil and parsley)

Preheat oven to 180deg C. Rinse potatoes and dry with paper towels. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and Italian herbs. Arrange on grill over a dripping pan for fan-assisted grill so heat is distributed evenly; able to brown all sides uniformly while locking in the juices to keep them tender. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the skin is fabulously crisp.


Check out my kiddo’s homemade birthday card with a flower and greeting. Isn’t he sweet?

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

3 thoughts on “Oven-Roasted Baby Potatoes

  1. i love the idea of this baby roasted potatoes!! truly perfect for parties!! i’ll definitely serve them with roasted chicken too!! thank you for this delicious entry!!

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