Friday, 14 February 2014

Sweet potatoes two ways {The fancy 2nd}

Ok. Please, take a second in your busy day, read this post and then head out, buy a sweet potato (or maybe you're lucky and already have one at home? In that case you can skip the buying part) and make this dish! Do you have that, that sometimes there is this one dish you make (in like the period of a couple of month) and it just hits the spot?! This is what this dish is for me.
Please, please let me convince you! It's that good!!
Ok. After my rather weird kitchen-obsession-rant, we might actually get to the really interesting part.

So, as I just had prepared my sweet potatoes the easy way yesterday (well the day I wrote this...than exams hit), I had still leftovers. So obviously, I needed to come up with something for those. I wanted a main-meal-like thing, not too heavy though (I'm studying and there is nothing that stops you more than heavy food, trust me....along the line of so much more but that's a different story entirely), balanced considering the nutritional side (Fibres, proteins, vitamins...) and tasty. Oh, and it wasn't supposed to take for ages, obviously.
So here is what I came up with (again, I had a dish from the Naam in my head while creating my lunch):

Sweet potato tofu bowl with a sesame-ginger dressing

Can I just quickly interfere and say: It is sososososooooo good! Make it!!!!...just sayin'...
Anyways, if you want to (and you want to, trust me. Okok, I'll stop), you'll need:

For the sauce, 1 serving:
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger (about 1cmx0,5cm) (Or, even better if you have it on hand, ginger paste)
  • 1 Teaspoon cream cheese (mine was with goat milk)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon soy cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Tahini
  • 1/2 Teaspoon mustard
  • herb salt and pepper
  1. Cut the ginger as fine as possible (you don't want those sudden really intense ginger tasted bites!!)
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  3. Season with the herb salt and the pepper. Make a few variations if needed.
For the bowl:
  • 1/2 a oven baked sweet potato
  • ~ 50gr smoked tofu
  • 1/3 of an avocado
  • cress
  • cucumber (or any additional veggies)
  1. Heat up the tofu and the sweet potatoes (I used my microwave which, admittedly isn't that great, if you have more patient, time and an oven(!) on hand, you could use the oven to make it more healthy! (and add a nice crisp to the potatoes!)).
  2. Throw together the tofu, sweet potatoes and peeled and cut avocado. 
  3. Top with your sauce and add some cress.
  4. Serve with cut veggies on the side.
  5. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This left me feeling perfect, not too full and satisfied and it really tasted amazing!!! Some fresh fruits and a tiny bit of chocolate for desert ;)
(Oh, and the second, and third, and...aehm yes, anyway. All those times after that I also added a layer of cheese before putting the sweet potato fries and the tofu into the microwave. It added an extra source of protein and so much yummy cheesiness!!!

There go my two ways for sweet potatoes. Blimey, there are so many more...but it's a good start I'd say ;)

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Hibernation {aka exam time at Uni}

In between all those calculations and the stress and argh....studying....I needed something nice, colourful and just something I'd like to look at. So here we go with a few random shots. Head down for further studies....

Monday, 3 February 2014

Sweet potatoes two ways {The easy one}

I'm a huge fan of sweet potatoes ever since the first time I tried them out two years ago in Vancouver I can't stop buying them from time to time. Just on the side, sweet potatoes are low in sodium and saturated fats, and a good source for dietary fibre, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese and Potassium (source). (If nothing of those say anything to you, they didn't really to me ;), Vitamin B6 for example is important for your metabolism especially to incorporate and convert protein. It is a lot included in meat and fish, so this is a good substitute for vegetarians! But it also it's in most of the green vegetables source. Vitamin A is good for your skin, cellular growth and your eyes source and the rest you'll have to goggle by yourself ;) ) Anyway, hence the whole studying going on right now, I needed a quick lunch fix, so this happened:

I started with peeling and cutting my sweet potato:

Next, the whole thing got thrown into a plastic bowl where I added olive oil, sweet pepper powder, Provencal herbs, salt and pepper. I gave the whole thing a good shake.

This than, made it into a oven form, lined with baking paper, and stayed in my microwave-oven for about 45 minutes at 170°C hot air, or normal 350°F if you have a really and proper oven.
Some studying might have happened in that time.

Right during the last 5 minutes, I cracked upon one egg, mixed it with some milk and herb salt and scrambled the whole thing up, in my beloved (and only!) frying pan.

Swiftly cut up some fresh cucumber (the green always adds something to every dish!), and voilá!

You have an easy, healthy, decent dish :) Oh and at the end I also spread curry ketchup over the whole thing because I'm going nuts over it. But it a) doesn't look thaaat pretty and b) I know, it's not that healthy. Oh well ;)
(My sweet potato, part 1).

Oh, and to no ones special interest: That was my desert ;)