When I peered into my produce box a few weeks ago, I laughed. Out loud. Literally.
Because these sweet potatoes stared back at me:
This interesting configuration of root vegetables made me think of a time when I had no idea what text abbreviations meant. I didn’t start texting on the regular until I was about 30. (I’m old, y’all.) When I did text I used the numbers, pressing each key twenty times just to type a smiley face. Everything changed the day I brought my green Envy with the flip out keyboard home from the mall kiosk. I was free. Free to type out whole words and use PUNCTUATION (praise be to all that is good!).
Even now, though smart phones make typing full words with punctuated sentences easier than ever, I still receive texts like this from my niece: “K ILY TTYL.” Who in this wide world is KILY? And just this morning I woke up to this: “WYD?”
I’ll stick to things I know, like food. No need for any abbreviations when sweet potatoes simmer on the stove with spices, onion and garlic. (Unless Y-U-M counts.)
LOL Sweet Potato Curry
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, ground
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 15-ounce can whole tomatoes
3 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes (LOL-shape optional)
3 cups vegetable broth
juice of half a lemon
Cilantro, for garnish
Add the oil to a large pot or dutch oven, heat to medium high. Add the onion and cook until just softened. Add the garlic and all those spices. Cook for four more minutes. Add the tomatoes, breaking them apart with your hands while putting them in the pot (add the liquid too). Add the sweet potatoes, salt and broth. Bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat and simmer uncovered until the potatoes are soft, about 25 minutes. (You can simmer longer if you have the time.) Taste for seasoning and add salt if necessary. Remove from heat and add the juice of half a lemon. Serve over brown or white rice and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
BTW – IMHO these sweet potatoes are satisfying as a weeknight meal or as a unique side dish with roast chicken.
So tell me, ATATAYCFO*?
*Are there any text abbreviations you can’t figure out?
We use IM at work all say and even with a full keyboard we abbreviate. Brb stumped me for a while.
My mother in law thought LOL was lots of love and used it as part if a condolence txt. Guess that’s a pretty common mistake.
We use IM at work too, but we use emoticons more than abbreviations – mostly the eye roll emoticon.
Oh! Your poor MIL! Her heart was in the right place, though.
YUM is the only thing I can think of after seeing your beautiful delicious creation. Thank God I have my teens to keep me on the know.
You are lucky – you have an “in” with this current generation. I’m so out of the loop.
Nice redesign! 🙂 ILI
Sweet post, sweet taters. As for texting, I only understand LOL. I dread the day my son gets his own cell.
But then you can teach him everything you know, D! Like how to text the word “taters” to his friends.
I’m sure that will come in handy all the time. ALL the time.
I just LOLd hardcore at your last text abbreviation! Also, sweet potato curry is divine. Lastly, I love the new look of the blog!
Thanks, Noelle, both for the blog compliment and for letting me make you laugh. I made sweet potato hash with over easy eggs for dinner tonight – I love sweet potatoes so much.
You are most welcome! Yum! Farmer Ben has done sweet potato, fennel and black bean hash with pork belly. So good and highly underrated. And adding a runny egg just improves the quality of…everything!
Ah! Runny eggs – my favorite!
I LOVE sweet potato and regularly make curries and soup and chips! Yummmm.
My dad once text my little sister “I’m sorry but you cat is really sick and I have taken him to the vet. LOL. Dad” … He thought LOL was for Lots Of Love… She thought it was Laugh Out Loud. As you can imagine, my 17 year old sister was very distressed. Oh dear.
The misuse of LOL has most likely hurt many feelings. Your poor sister. I’m sure your dad knows better now.
Craving these CSPs!
YSMSI <—you'll never figure this one out.
You Should Make Some Immediately?
I’m not as clever as I thought…
Maybe great minds think alike.
I DO like the way you think.
I admire your culinary skills and vision, Rachel.
Why thank you. I admire your commenting skills.
I do what I can to honor those whose work I respect and admire.
Hi Rachel! I love your sweet potatoes curry! This is such a lovely recipe, I must try it! 🙂
Thanks, Serena! I have to admit that this one’s a keeper.
PS – I love your gravatar picture – stunning.
Thank you, Rachel! I am not a photogenic person, not at all! That was a lucky shot :-))) I like it because it’s cheerful
There are so many ways to enjoy sweet potatoes and even though they’re harvested in the fall they’re still great this time of year. This recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it!
I always receive them in my produce box throughout the winter months. They are one of my favorites, but I’m certainly looking forward to more variety in the veggie department in the coming months!
How cool and bizarre! I always knew that vegetables spoke to you, but I didn’t think it was so literal.
p.s. Love the new look!
Thanks, Peg! I’m pleased with the new look, too.
I think the sweet potatoes were trying to tell me they don’t take themselves too seriously…or something.
I love sweet potatoes and I’ll eat them in just about any configuration — LOL, ROTFLOL, or otherwise. I’m going to give this recipe a try. It seems simple and looks delicious.
Even normal, boring, regular-shaped sweet potatoes taste good, right? Let me know if you try it.
Hi, I made this recipe for dinner last night and really enjoyed it. I had never thought of using sweet potatoes in a curry. I also had never really noticed the interesting shapes of this vegetable. Thanks for posting the recipe. I really like your blog.
Thank you, Quirky T!!! I’m glad you liked the recipe. It’s one of my favorites for a quick weeknight meal.