Scrub the potatoes well. Put them into a saucepan of cold water, add a good pinch of salt and bring to the boil. When the potatoes are about half cooked, 15 minutes approx. for ‘old potatoes’, strain off two-thirds of the water, replace the lid on the saucepan, put onto a gentle heat and allow the potatoes to steam until they are cooked.
Peel immediately by just pulling off the skins, so you have as little waste as possible; mash while hot. (If you have a large quantity, put the potatoes into the bowl of a food mixer and beat with the spade.)
While the potatoes are being peeled, bring about
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