I don't know how you grew your spudies but I have never failed. I use a tried and tested method for potatoes.Earlies and salads are worth growing but i did main crops on my allotments first year and the yield frankly was not worth the space. Not at £4.50 a bag round here anyway.
I would call it a "flour'ry) spud is best for roasting.Tell me this, English people like a soapy spud, right or wrong?
We've been growing our own Kerr's Pink's this years and never have steamed them.You really need to steam the Kerr's Pink unless you want to make potato soup.