I guess this isn’t really a recipe. It’s more of an idea for a yummy snack, a proposal for a unique flavor combination, a suggestion for using a tasty nut butter.
I am deeming it sweet potato week. Why? Just because I can.
Sweet potatoes are nice, and they think you are nice.
Don’t worry. This isn’t going to be a week of nothing but recipes. I am hoping to cover as many of my “lives” as possible.
To start our sweet potato celebrations, I am going to show you how to make sweet potato people. This is an activity that I used during my Children’s Literature class as a follow-up to telling a folk tale. My class loved it, and it is great to use with children of all ages.
- One sweet potato per student (regular potatoes would work too)
- A handout for each student
- Allow each student to color and cut out a few body parts.
- Use glue and toothpicks to attach the body body parts to the potato. Some younger students may need help.
- Display your Sweet Potatoes People.
Last Saturday, I hopped a plane and left my life in North Carolina. My DSLR, my laptop, and my favorite stuffed animal are all a thousand miles away, and I am engaging on a new adventure. While I will miss my family, friends, cooking, and everything else about North Carolina, I am beyond excited for everything that this summer holds.
Because I will only have a few free hours a week, I am not even going to attempt to write new blog posts. Don’t worry though; I have scheduled quite a few posts to appear while I am gone. I cannot wait to tell you all about my summer, but until then, keep reading my posts and leaving comments (I will respond when I get back home).
Enjoy your summer!
Sweet Potato Cakes
- 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- Coat a pan with nonstick spray and heat it over high heat.
- Whip egg and mix with all ingredients.
- Spoon batter onto pan.
- Cook until it can easily be flipped.
- Flip and cook a few more minutes.
- Eat and enjoy.
I am not quite sure what possessed me to buy a sweet potato. Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love sweet potatoes. I could eat them on a daily basis. However, I live in a dorm room and eat all of my meals in a cafeteria. I really had no need for a sweet potato. For some reason, though, I did indeed buy a sweet potato, and it sat on top of my mini fridge for a full week. Taunting me. I had to make something. I couldn’t let such a tasty food go to waste. What could I do?
After 168 full hours of not touching the potato, I knew that something had to be done. I washed the potato, pulled out my college cooking utensils, and set to work.
Let me just mention that a butter knife does not cut a raw sweet potato very easily. I eventually resorted to stabbing the potato, twisting the knife, and breaking the potato with my hands. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked. I boiled the cubes in my hot pot, mashed them with a fork, and stirred in cinnamon and almond milk for flavor and creaminess. Delicious!
Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 1 sweet potato, cubed
- 1/2 tbs. milk
- cinnamon to taste
- Boil cubed sweet potato until completely cooked. I consider the potato cooked when I can easily mash it with a fork.
- Transfer potato cubes to a plate and mash with a fork.
- Transfer to bowl. Stir in milk and cinnamon.
- Eat and enjoy!