Friday, November 28, 2008

The only way to eat sweet potatoes.

We are always running around looking for "fun" things to do or exciting places to go, that one sometimes forget that you are living life right here. Right now, right here where you are, with your hair uncombed and wearing your big and comfy jeans

A small gesture this week just brought this fact into sharp focus again for me. I work in a kindergarten with barely enough time to scratch my head, never mind stopping to smell the roses.

Out of the blue one of my colleagues handed me a little plate and said, "Taste this." The plate was one of those plastic ones that you get to eat from if you work in a kindergarten and "this" that I had to taste was heaven.

Two slices of baked sweet potato with chopped rosemary and olive oil. The sweetness of the sweet potato comes out beautifully when you bake it. Mixing it with rosemary and olive oil was like a divine rhapsody.

I am sure that thousands of people, if not hundreds of thousands of people make their sweet potatoes like this all over the world. But for me, at that moment in time, it was my reason for living.

Those two slices of sweet potato was gobbled up in a second and I am not ashamed to admit that I liked the last bit of sauce from that green plastic dish with my fingertip.

This is life. Those little moments when everything comes so beautifully together like sweet potato baked with rosemary and olive oil. Here is the recipe if you feel like trying to taste what I had tasted that glorious autumn day.

Baked sweet potato

At least four large sweet potatoes scrubbed very clean and cut into thick slices. Use the orange kind and keep the skin on.
Three sprigs of fresh rosemary chopped finely.
A pinch or more of salt.
A glug or two table spoons of olive oil.

Put the slices on a bake plate and cover with the other ingredients. Use your hands to make sure that the sweet potato slices are covered properly with the oil, salt and rosemary. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius or 360 degrees Fahrenheit until soft.

And there you go, a small taste of heaven. Try to serve it in a green plastic dish...but it is okay if you do not have one.

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