- Food and Cooking
Sweet Potatoes: Recipe
Why do you eat the foods that you do? Are you eating the same meals that were served to you when you were growing up or have you branched out into a different direction?
Our eating patterns can easily become a rut and we find ourselves preparing the same meals over and over again. Or ordering the same thing when we go out for a meal.
For example, when I first meet my brother-in-law, I noticed that he only ate meat with a small potato and sometimes, an even smaller, garden salad. Over the years we had a number of opportunities to dine out together. It soon became evident that he was afast food fan big time.
At that period of my life I was a vegetarian, so picking a mutually compatible place for us to eat was sometimes a problem. One day I asked him why he didn't eat more vegetables. He said as a child he was forced to eat anything that was put on his plate and this meant eating things that he didn't like, even after they got cold.
He vowed that when he became an adult he'd only eat the things that he liked and he liked franchise burgers and fries.
The point to all this is that our relationship with food is a very personal and intimate one.
I know my relationship with food is deep and personal. I enjoy eating. I also enjoy preparing meals and purchasing food. It is all related.
Several years back I started experimenting with sweet potatoes, I went beyond the traditional baked sweet potatoes, although they are tasty and added them to stir fries and stews. I have also used them instead of potatoes for home fries. Then, of course, there is sweet potato pie, a standard but a great one.
This week I want to focus on another of my favourite foods, the sweet potato. Now my enjoyment of sweet potatoes does not compare to my passion, almost obsession, with peanut butter, but as a popular food, it does rank fairly high, especially during Thanksgiving.
My favourite ways to eat sweet potatoes is as an ingredient in a stir fry with onions, celery, and green and red pepper;
dice all the ingredients,
get the oil in your wok good and hot,
add the ingredients.
Stir for five minutes.
Add to steamed rice with a little soy or hot sauce to make this a fun feed.
I also enjoy them baked with a dab of butter or sweet potato pie.
Sweet Potato Pie
4 large potatoes
1½ cups sugar
1 stick butter
1 cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
1 pie crust, buy one saves time.
1/2 cup milk
Boil the potatoes until tender.
Let sweet potatoes cool and then peel them.
Put them in a large mixing bowl and
mash them thoroughly using a potato masher.
Melt the butter and pour it and the other
ingredients in the bowl of potatoes. Stir
until well mixed.
Pour the potatoes mixture
into the crust.
Put into an oven preheated to 375 degrees.
Cook for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted in the center comes out dry.
You can enjoy this pie either hot or cold. Enjoy.
Like peanut butter, the sweet potato has links to George Washington Carver. Craver's use of sweet potatoes to rejuvenate the soil depleted by cotton served to increase their popularity as a food crop.
The sweet potato has an ancient history. If you have not yet tried one, give yourself an experience. Who knows what you may find.