Thursday, January 10, 2013


We went the markets on Sunday, and spent wisely, returning with vegetables, a jar of relish and many, many promises for the future (in the form of seedlings).

On the way home, I forgot to grab one of the $2 bags of sweet potatoes from the stall by the side of the road.

But that was okay, because I had been meaning for months to see whether there were any sweet spuds (which apparently are not yams - although there is room for arguments about historical linguistics) beneath the proliferation of vine leaves that had come up without design last year.

During the wondering period, we had already done a harvest of the vine and had some with onion, tomato and chilli, the way that I think friends of mine (ours if you are an old friend from Sydney reading this) used to prepare it for us - a most lush and wonderful foliage to eat.

So on Sunday afternoon, before doing more important things such as preparing the beds for all of the seedlings that we bought, I "investigated"...

Just a few, then. They just kept on coming, folks - THIS is the vegetable to end world hunger!! I left left the scarred and small ones to dry downstairs to try and deliberately plant next season (although now I have done some investigation, I should have taken cuttings from the vine as it is meant to be easier propogation and less likely to develop weevils).
However, I still have EIGHT kilograms (over 17.5 lbs) of sweet potato to cook with!
I took the largest one (over 1 kilogram in that one alone) and put it through the food processor to process my sister's favourite method for the sweet potato. 

 There is no "after" photo, as it took over 4 hours to slow roast the beggars, and I am working my way through the 3 containers full. Please note - they don't stay crisp, but are still quite yummy chewy (and without the garlic aioli)!!! 

My favourite method with sweet potatoes is just roast - and roast well. Leenie, over at Side Trips advised me that she had only ever had them candied with marshmallows, and didn't appear to be a fan of that method - I can only imagine!!

So - what is your favourite?