Cook the potatoes and the swedes separately in salted water. When tender, drain and purée both vegetables and fold together.
Melt the butter in a pan, add the potato and swede purée, stir in the hot milk and the seasoning. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley.
In the spring of 1743 a Scottish landlord called Clanronald brought home some potato tubers from Northern Ireland after a visit to his relatives. He distributed these to his tenants in South Uist but they only agreed to plant them after a threat of imprisonment. The story goes that when they were harvested, the crops were deposited in sacks at his front door with a refusal to eat them.
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