Yams and sweet potatoes rock my world. Sugar? Check. Complex carbs, fiber and vitamins? Check. Yummy caramelization when roasting? Check. Good in sweet and savory dishes? Ohhh yes!
Google, Wikipedia, The Food Network and people are my favorite ways to learn about new ingredients, and earlier in the summer, one of my coworkers was searching for purple yams. Vegetables are usually pretty good for you, unless you turn it into a powder and then bake it into a cake like they do with these in the Philippines. Apparently these yams are being studied for potential health benefits related to menopause, so I decided to give them a try. I’m not expecting to get hot flashes for 25 years, but purple is the colour of feminism, after all, and I wanted to see how they tasted.
This recipe is very basic, but a great way to get kids and fussy adults to eat vegetables is to cut them up, drizzle them with a little oil, and roast them, because the natural sugars caramelize and taste sweeter. Kids (and some grown-ups) usually hate veggies because of their bitter tastes. Except for the little son of one of my clients who didn’t want the excitingly sweet, buttery-tasting cherry tomatoes that I brought from my garden because he said tomatoes were gross. They were in a Marvel Superheroes zip-loc bag, so he might have had some because I said I was friends with Iron Man, who says to “eat your vegetables and be good to your mother.”
These are so easy to make and I often set them in the oven to cook while I’m busy doing something else. Like blogging.
Yam Fries (this will work for any potato or starchy tuber, but purple yams look the coolest)
(a big pan that fits snugly in the oven will serve about 5 or 6 people, so adjust your ingredients accordingly)
Your vegetable of choice!
Dip or sauce!
Honestly the first time I’ve ever seen a hypercolour potato. This silly camera of mine skews things a little yellow because of the lighting in the kitchen, so the harissa sauce looks yellowy-orange and the yams look more orangey-brown than purple. I thought of making wasabi mayo for a fun purple-and-green alien-looking colour combination on the plate, but that resulted in me stomping around like Godzilla, roaring “where the *#$% is my wasabi paste!!! AAAAAARGH!” At least the fries killed monster hunger. The monster tantrum had to cool down but the wasabi is still missing! Sigh.