September 26, 2008

Oven-roasted Garlic Potato wedges - Vaccuming woes

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One thing I desist doing is vacuuming. It is just a boring monotonous job and takes up so much time.
There are some of my friends who "actually", believe me... who like to vacuum the house. Yeah, they get pretty excited! Unfortunately I don't fall into that category.
Then the discovery of iRobot's "Roomba" happened, and named her (it???) "Nancy" (LOL) and it has been bliss ever since.
I would like to point out that I am not marketing this or any other product on my blog, I have been using this product for a couple of years and it just makes life so much more easier, so I decided to share the information here.
When there is a gadget out there that can actually make life simpler, why not use it.
It is available at all stores that carry good vacuum cleaners, I think even Costco carries it. They have different versions in the carpet cleaning robot, which is called the "Roomba", and the hardwood/tile cleaning robot is called the "Scooba" which actually preps, washes, scrubs and squeegees the floor. It even docks itself into the charger once it is done cleaning the house.
They have a lot more models, but my guess is that these are the commonly used household models. As usual, please do your research before considering any product. You can check out the iRobot website for more details.

To see the Roomba in action (videos):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo5lPlG1Khw&feature=related
http://www.irobot.com/sp.cfm?pageid=122 (Click on "Watch Video" on your right)

As you go through the physically daunting task of imagining your home getting cleaned by the robot, I baked up a batch of Oven roasted potato wedges, my answer to those deep fried starchy wonders.
Why fry them when I can bake 'em?

Oven-roasted Garlic infused Potato wedges

Ingredients:

Russet baking potatoes - 4 large cut into wedges with skin (that is the part that gets really crispy)
Olive oil - 3-4 tsp
Garlic cloves - 4 halved
Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
Dried oregano - 1/4 tsp
Salt - To taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 425F.

In a large pot, add cold water and soak the potatoes with a little salt. (It is important to start the potatoes in cold water)

Bring it to a rolling boil. Turn down the heat to a simmer for 3-4 minutes. Not more than that.

Drain water and set potatoes aside.

In another pan, heat the olive oil, add the garlic and let it turn slightly brown. Remove garlic from the oil. Now add the black pepper, chilly powder, oregano, salt and turn off heat.

Add the partially boiled potatoes into the oil and toss well till coated with oil and spices.

Grease a baking sheet, and place potatoes in a single layer and bake at 425F for about 30 minutes or till golden brown and crispy.

Serve with tomato sauce, or light mayo.

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Off to Hima's Sunday snack event

56 comments:

  1. That must be a flavorful potato wedge!! I bet the whole plate dissapeared ina minute;D

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  2. looks yummy...i hate vacuuming too...with my baby around,its even more difficult.,..

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  3. thats not fair ok..its looking so yummy and tempting!

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  4. Hey Divya..those potato wedges look so inviting!!!I was in search of a guilt free wedges recipe..and you seem to have answered my prayers;-).definitely gonna try this..and btw,why dont you send this one to sunday snack event..just a suggestion!!

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  5. Wedges looking delicious...making in microwave is real gud idea

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  6. Oh god they look so yummy and tempting,I love wedges than fries.

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  7. wow! that's looking delicious! hope my kiddo will love it!

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  8. I just want to eat them now from your plate. Sooooooo tempting.

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  9. Your baked potato wedges look delicious..have never made them with garlic before :)

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  10. My Roomba drives me crazy.. it seems to go over the same places and I feel it doesn't cover the room well enough... :) I prefer switching it on and leaving the room so I don't agonize over it missing spots.

    The fries look absolutely perfect and i love the garlic component in them.

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  11. tempting wedges, looks yummy would make a great snack on a cool evening.

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  12. Wow delicious looking potatoes.
    I don't ming vaccuming, what i hate most is the ironing.

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  13. wow! that's looking delicious!, sooo yummy and tempting!

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  14. Wedges looking delicious...I wanted to eat them just right now .......

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  15. These potato wedges looks just perfect and tempting...

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  16. First time here, and am very impressed. I'm definitely making these wedges at some point. And I love what you did with your pretzels.

    We obviously have the same taste in food, but I'll have to disagree with you about the vacuuming. I love it! I go into a state of zen-like calm :)

    The hubby wants a Roomba though *horror*

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  17. Is there any Ramba available to clean my Kitchen countertop,cabinets, etc... which I found difficult!
    Wedges are calling me to visit ur kitchen!

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  18. How funny - I made those last night too! But just olive oil S&P. I wished I would have added the garlic!

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  19. Dhivya here is a link were you can see a financier mould
    http://www.bakedeco.com/detail.asp?id=1471&keyword=financiers

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  20. Happy cook- Thanks for sending me the link, now I know what it is!

    Biz - Garlic just makes everything better. Biz, can you leave me your Blog ID if you have one... would love to visit it. Looks like you are a foodie just like the rest of us!

    Cham - I really wish they come up with something to clean the counter tops soon. I would just love that!

    Dee - Girl, you are like the friends of mine I mentioned. They just love the idea of vacuuming. Good for you!

    Laavanya - Yeah, I agree with you about Roomba missing spots. But I do run it everyday, so it kind of picks up missed spots one day or the other. And watching it work is probably not the best idea, end up obsessing over it. LOL.

    Divya - Thanks for the suggestion about sending it to the event... Idea taken and implemented.

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  21. Your potato wedges look great. Never tried them with garlic though. I wish I had that Roomba.

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  22. those potato wedges looks soo good

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  23. Divya I have to say that i have become a fan of ur writing...u have a great way of presentation :) luved ur potatoe snacks.....i need scooba very badly but where to go???? i can just watch scooby doo only :(

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  24. Never heard of Rooba..Should have a look at it..The garlic must have given a zing to the potato..Lovely recipe Divya..

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  25. This is such a coincidence, Divya. I bought Roomba just a couple of weeks ago after weeks of back and forth, and I cannot tell you just how wonderful it's been. Although all the dog and cat hair in our house is not easy to keep up with, he does a fabulous job.
    And I love those garlic potato wedges too. This is a must-try!

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  26. Divya-

    have heard of Roomba from many others, but, good to know that it works in the long run too. Potato wedges- all time favorite snack!

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  27. Looking delicious Divya...Soon I will try the wheat pretzels..thank you so much for the entry

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  28. Divya,U r just rocking..each day a post...so fast..Am a garlic fan and obviously ur recipe is a treat to me...Read ur irobot promotion ( !)..luved it..

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  29. thesedays kids lov the most...gud to bake it...its healthy too..and i loved to know abt Roomba...really it makes our life easier..

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  30. I love baked potato wedges and your recipe sounds fantastic.

    Your blog is wonderful - I love that you make great food that's healthy.

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  31. Yummy wedges and I just felt like taking that plate away from pic. Nice one Divya.

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  32. divya,potato wedges lookw yummy and mouthwatering yaar...and thanku for ur comments on my 50th post..

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  33. nice wedges .. i agree with u Y fry them when u can make them .. I wud luv any gadget that makes life easier :)

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  34. I'll have to remember that robot cleaner when mine dies!
    Mmmm.... those potato wedges look so crispy and spicy!

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  35. wedges look so lovely.. all evenly baked.. i too posted wedges recipe few days ago, but they dont look as beautiful as urs.. :)

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  36. Potato wedges look scumptious..I made a similar one roasted with arlic...

    I hate household chores!!!

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  37. This is my first time to your blog, very nice. I think I would polish off the entire batch of those lovely wedges myself :)

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  38. Thank you, you have to provide the recipe, I will try to do dish.

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  39. I hardly buy potatoes but these fries look really good! I saw the roomba at my frnds place a few months after I had bought my regular one :( On the bright side, I stay in a 1 bed apt, so its not actually a big deal :D

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  40. divya dear thank u very much yaar..for ur advise.if possible ,u only give a nice name to it yaar..

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  41. oh the roomba actually works??!!? thats really great to know... thanx for the info! and hey, we sure know you werent advertising!!! :D
    those wedges look crisp n yum!!

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  42. Anjali DamerlaSeptember 26, 2008

    You know what? I have been thinking abt this Roomba thing for a long time now but none of my friends own one and was not sure how good it was. I think you have given a good review and have convinced to to take action now. :)

    Potato wedges look great. Should be perfect with a hot cuppa chai :)

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  43. come to my blog and grab an award :)

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  44. wow, roomba seems so useful. Thanks for the info Divya!

    And the potato wedges, just divine. Guilt-free fries.

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  45. Looks fantasstic hmmm yummy..nice info

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  46. These potato wedges look awesomely delicious.....will make them soon.

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  47. Hi Divya, loved the idea of baked potato wedges flavoured with garlic!

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  48. lovely tempting too good:). what else shud I say. Only one more thing that will be trying this soon :)

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  49. Those potato wedges are such a treat to kids. Thanks for such a lovely entry. See you at the round up.

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  50. Awesome blog! Thought I would shoot over and return the favor. I'm inspired. But...I admit I like vacuuming. I just learned something, never visit a foodie blog a day before you shop for groceries. Oh my goodness!

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  51. HI Divya,I've been reading ur blog for quite some time now.love ur potato wedges.I shall try and let ya knw abt it.I liked ur chocolate-pistachio roll too.was looking real yum :)

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  52. Lakshmi - I am so happy to have you as a reader! And thanks for your nice words... Do try them, and let me know how it goes... :)

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  53. those potato wedges look awesome! I agree on the vacuuming. I'm always feeling like I just did it...so how could it be so messy again?

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  54. Hi Divya first time to ur blog... and I simply love it... I gonna try so many recipes fromk ur blog.. thats a guarantee...:D ur wedges r tempting me.

    About vaccumming i hate it too so have given that work to hubby who does it half heartedly too hehehe:P how much does this roomba cost dear?

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  55. This looks absolutely delicious! I'll be trying these tonight!

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