Easy Oven Baked Whole Potatoes

“Not everyone can be a truffle. Most of us are potatoes. And a potato is a very good thing to be.” 
~ Massimo Bottura

I love baked potatoes. They go well as a side dish for barbeques and salads, but you can also load them up with toppings and have them as a meal on their own.

The potatoes are quick to prepare but need around an hour to cook. It’s well worth it. The end result is a chewy crispy crust and a fluffy steaming interior, ready for a dab of butter and some chopped herbs or whatever else is your pleasure.

They’re also delicious cold and chopped into a salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large potato per person
  • olive oil
  • salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to hot – about 200 degrees celcius or 400 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Line a baking tray with foil.
  3. Cut out any blemishes from the potatoes, wash with water and pat dry with a cloth or paper towel.
  4. Prick the potatoes several times with a fork or skewer. This helps steam escape.
  5. Rub the potatoes all over with olive oil. Place on the tray and sprinkle with salt.
  6. Place in the oven and cook an hour minutes, turning once or twice during that time. Check doneness with a fork or skewer. It should be tender inside. Bigger potatoes may take longer to cook through.
  7. Eat with gusto!

Great toppings for your baked potatoes:

Tip: If you use cheese as a topping consider popping filled potatoes under a hot grill or back into the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese!

  • Sour cream, butter or yoghurt and some chopped fresh herbs
  • Guacamole and salsa
  • Cooked bacon, cheese and chives
  • Baked beans, a fried egg and some cheddar cheese
  • Pizza sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese
  • Basil, fetta cheese, red onion and sliced black olives
  • Leftovers smothered in cheese
  • Ham, tomato and cheese
  • Bean salad and dressing
  • Hummus, sliced red onion and some rocket (arugula)
  • Baba ganoush, a dollop of yoghurt and some fresh mint

Getting Ready For The Sokli Diet

Everyone has healing nutriments that make them better and that also includes stuff you can’t eat and that is important nutriment too – like places and things you love and things you can do as well as eating things. So I like making nutriment plans to help people get better because then they will be happy and when they are happy they can feel and hear and remember their connection to the Earth and help her too. Love from Sokli, who is a fairy who knows stuff.’ ~ Sokli

Those of you who know me well will also know that one of my dear friends is a fairy. Her name is Sokli, and she’s funny and wise and only a little bit old (about 200 years) and she is very interested in helping humans.

She often speaks to my students at my retreats and live events when I channel, and helps them with their health and well-being by telling them about what foods are best for them or what crystals, or where their best healing place is, or the best activity for them to help them be well and happy. She lavishly doles out information and usually sprinkles in some advice for people’s pets (animal family people, she calls them!) too.

Sokli has made Ben and I promise that we are going to follow her VERY BOSSY AND GOOD SOKLI DIET (her name for it, of course!), custom-made just for us, for ninety days.

We couldn’t start while we were away on our break – there was wine to be drunk, and chocolate to be eaten and all sorts of other lovely ‘holiday treats’ as Sokli calls them. Sokli is all for holiday treats and eating for pleasure, as long as people don’t eat like that every day.

I’ll be spending a few hours with Sokli on Sunday, getting our instructions and lists together. She has saved my life with her ideas more than once and is always so funny and supportive.

I’m actually looking forward to following her diet to the letter – except for the occasion of my PA and right-hand-woman Trish’s birthday, where Ben and I have been given the okay to GO CRAZY JUST A LITTLE BIT to celebrate.

I’ll keep you posted on how it all turns out.

Trish has actually suggested that I start doing channelled health readings with Sokli as one of our personal consultation options for our clients. (She already does this for a very few people who have been totally stuck with their health stuff.) We’re seriously considering it!

But first step: Ben and me and the VERY BOSSY AND GOOD SOKLI DIET.

I’m so ready for this.

Lots of love, Nicole xx