Happy Decimal Day!

UK Dday
On this day in 1971, the UK decimalized its currency. Until Decimal Day, the British pound was made up of 240 pence. After Decimal Day, the pound was made up of 100 pence.

Having just returned from both London and Russia, I feel obliged to mention that Russia was the first country to decimalize its currency (in 1704 when it made the ruble equal to 100 kopeks). Today, the only currencies which are not decimalized are Madagascar’s ariary and the Mauritanian ouguiya.

We’re expecting snow here, so how about some comfort food like Nigella Lawson’s roasted potatoes with one head (10 cloves) of garlic? As Nigella would say (see below) smulch away!

Garlic Roast Potatoes
3 lb. potatoes
1/3 c. olive oil
1 head of garlic
Kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Wash and dry the potatoes, but don’t bother to peel them, and cut them into about 3/4-inch dice.

Toss in a large oven tray and pour over the oil, smulching around with your hands to mix well.

Separate the head of garlic into cloves adding them to the tray, and roast for about 1 hour, turning once or twice during that time, until crispy and golden but still soft on the inside.

When they’re done, remove to a large plate and sprinkle with salt.

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2 responses to “Happy Decimal Day!

  1. Glad to know there’s a word for it. smulching. perfect.

  2. I prefer counting cloves over decimals any day. Fun article & delicious recipe for a cold Winter’s day. Thanks for sharing!

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