Sweet-Potato-Salad

Salad dressing can sometimes be a little problematic, in that it has an irritating tendency to obey the laws of gravity and sink to the bowels of one’s salad bowl. Allowing a well-made dressing to miss out on even a moment’s culinary action is, in my book, indefensible. Happily, chicken and sweet potato act as an edible sponge for superfluous juices and do a great job of mopping up recalcitrant drizzle. It pains me to describe a dish a ‘well-integrated’, but with every ingredient cooperating with one another on myriad different levels, it’s hard not to.

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Goan Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

The weather in Britain is getting warmer and, barring the odd cold day, the bitterness of winter is coming to an end. Indeed, my hopes of witnessing snow this winter have all but died, scuppered by unseasonably warm weather. Luckily, the weather is not yet too balmy for the consumption of a delicious, warming soup. So, I shall hide my disappointment for another year – it doesn’t often snow here – and shall instead consume an ominously large bowl of this strikingly coloured soup.

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Curry has been a mainstay of my diet for longer than I can recall. Indeed, the desire to know how to prepare a curry of my own is one of a number of things that helped nurture my love for cooking. In truth, making a good quality curry isn’t all that difficult. Though, there are a few golden rules one must adhere to if one’s curry is to impress. For instance, when making one’s own curry it is best to first toast the requisite spices, thus releasing their flavour. One must also remember to maintain a little patience, Rome was not built in a day and though your curry may be edible after 15 minutes, even one’s own mother would experience a growing sense of shame and disappointment if such a dish were to venture near her delicate taste buds. The longer a curry is cooked, the more time the flavour has to develop.

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Last week I bought a squash along with a couple of sweet potatoes with the intention of roasting them for dinner one day in mind. However, it seemed to me as though this alone couldn’t be counted as a complete plate of food. So, when I saw the picture of roasted squash and sausages sitting atop the recipes topic on WordPress, my mind was made up. This is such a quintessentially autumnal dish; the squash is certainly only available at this time of the year, while the sweet potato is more readily available. Not only this, but it is also incredibly satisfying to eat, with the heat provided by the sausages cutting across the sweetness of the squash and sweet potato.

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Tangy Chicken

So I’m about to start my last week of university life and D-Day is tomorrow, that is, Dissertation-Day. That’s right, I find out the mark of what is by far the largest most important piece of work of my undergraduate “career”. Scary times indeed – wish me luck. I’m fairly confident though, but still rather nervous. However, that’s enough crying for sympathy – on to food.

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