Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
25 Sep 2021
9:25 am

An orchid for potatoes and Mahindras, but an onion for Mbaks

Brendan Seery

This week, Brendan Seery develops a renewed appreciation for potatoes and Mahindras in the desert, but Mbalula left a sour taste.

Orchid 1 When we were kids, my sister and I were the unpaid labourers of my father’s “farm”, the half-acre (about 2 000m2 ) or so where he would go back to his roots on the farm in Ireland. One of the first crops he made us look after was potatoes – not at all surprising for an Irishman who loved his “spuds”. Despite the fact I discovered that in the soil of Africa you find things like cutworms, which can turn a potato underground into mush, I am still partial to potatoes to this day. As chips, roasted, mashed...