Aren’t potatoes a wonderful thing? I am always amazed by how many differing types there are. I have never eaten a potato, or a potato dish and thought it was unpleasant. In fact I would go so far as to say I find almost everything to do with potatoes delicious.
So today, realising we have absolutely no food in for the weekend of any significance, I popped into Waitrose to pick up a few bits. One of which was some sweet potatoes.
Now I really must just have a diversional rant here. Whilst in Waitrose, happily minding my own business, my eyes were presented with a father and son image that, quite frankly, I find completely abhorrent. Why does a certain type of male insist on putting the collar of his t-shirt up around the back of his neck? What on earth possesses them to think this is in any way an attractive, stylish or appealing look to impose on the public?
Just to clarify though, a collar turned up on a Mackintosh coat I understand completely. In fact, many coats lend themselves to the turned up collar look. Having a penchant for film noir I am appreciative of those men who carry off that unique elegance. I don’t even have a problem with men sporting the look at private parties, sports venues or in their own home. I’m not completely unreasonable. Indeed what people do in their own homes is their own affair. But I find it deeply unreasonable to enforce it onto the public. Myself especially. Surely I am not the only one?
So, aside from gathering all my wits in order not to march up to said father and son and turn their collars down, the image momentarily completely puts me off balance. However, I eventually managed to compose myself and continue with my tasks. One of which was to purchase a few glorious sweet potatoes.
Now for those of you who are not versed in sweet potatoes, my advice would be to begin your journey by slicing and twice cooking them. By this I mean, slice them into wedge or large chip size, put in a pan of water, bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for five minutes, then drain and dry.
You have now cooked them once.
Put your oven on gas mark 7 and heat some vegetable oil in a roasting dish. When the oil is hot put the dried potato slices into the oil and swizzle them around. At this point I sprinkle salt over them all, but you may wish to pop them in saltless. Top shelf is best for these. Leave them for around 20 minutes and then turn. Leave in the oven for another 20 minutes or so. They should come out crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Alternatively, of course, you could deep fry them.
You have now cooked them twice.
The other way to start you adventure on the sweet potato train is to take out up to one third of what would have been white potatoes for mash and replace with sweet potato. Cook together with the white potatoes, drain, mash and butter up as usual. You will have the most delicious, slightly sweet, orange mashed potato. The wee boy is extremely partial to this method.
Whichever way you decide to cook your sweet potato, now is most definitely the time of year to get cooking them. The colour is sublime, and totally complimentary of the season.
Who said style over content?