When Life Gives You Potatoes…Make Hash

If you’re like me, you probably have days where you feel like you’ve been doing the same thing, following the same dreary routine for way, way too long. Am I right?

If so, take a lesson from hash. The food, that is.

Your monotonous routine that may be a boring job, an unsatisfying relationship, or never enough funds is, for the purposes of this post, a potato. Big, bland, and somehow always there. Following me?

Good. Now, the good news is, you have complete power over the potato. Do with it what you will. Today let’s start by cutting the potato down. Make that over-bearing presence into something much smaller and more manageable. Take the job a day at a time, the relationship from conversation to conversation.

Now, take those small potatoes pieces and make sure to incorporate something you love to accompany each one. Maybe it’s an earthy mushroom, or nourishing kale. Add a little spice, a little oil for richness. Stir it all together to make something interesting out of the same old, same old.

If you’re feeling bold, smother that potato with a substantial portion of something you find completely satisfying. Like maybe an egg, in this case. So that you know even if you still have to fork up your routine, you’ll at least be fulfilled at the end of the day.

Lastly, I highly recommend adding a hearty dose of sriracha. Spice it up. Who says you can’t attend to business as usual without adding a little flare to the process? Expect something exciting; create something new; surprise someone.

Take this recipe, and kill the monotony. The power — the knife– is in your hands. So get chopping, add your personal twist, add something that satisfies you, and top it off with a good ration of spice. When life gives you potatoes, make the most delicious hash ever.

Mushroom-Kale Hash with Fried Eggs and Sriracha

Makes ~4 servings


2 large potatoes, scrubbed and cut into ½-inch dice

½ large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 pound button mushrooms

1 large bunch kale, washed and chopped

Olive oil

Dried Italian herbs

Salt and pepper to taste

Eggs, fried (however many you want)



Bring a medium pot of water with about a teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until just before completely done, about 10 minutes. Drain water. Heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil in large frying pan. Add onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft. Add cooked potatoes, turn up heat and cook until potatoes are crisped and brown. Add mushrooms, kale, herbs/spices, and more oil if needed. Stir-fry until cooked through, about another 10 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve in individual bowls, each topped with a fried egg or two. Drizzle on sriracha.

What ingredients will you add to your life’s hash?


  1. Sasha says:

    Mmm… this reminds me of a hash I had in DC for brunch. It had braised and shredded short ribs in it with an interesting sweetness. I will forever look back on that dish…
    I would probably add nutmeg to your version 🙂

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