Sweet Potato Fries at home

There’s a local deli that serves the best sweet potato fries – EVER!  I am not familiar with that particular tuber, so I never attempted it at home.  Then, I saw the picture in this post and I just had to try it.  I bought my first sweet potato and away we go.

Ingredients – missing the olive oil of course.
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All chopped up.  Now, the hard part – waiting for a half hour.
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Coated them with corn starch.  I wasn’t sure if I should dry the potatoes or not, first, so I did.
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After turning.  They seem to be missing the brownish niceness.  Not sure what happened.  I actually ended up leaving them in for 10 instead of the 5 the recipe said.  I topped them with some kosher salt to try and replicate the deli fries as close as possible.
SPF_AfterFirstTurn

I paired it with some frozen shrimp and clams.  Yea, I know the clams were a gamble, but for some reason, they really sounded good (hangover).  I used some homemade sweet chili sauce for dipping the shrimp (coming in another post).  Ah – so satisfying.  They aren’t in the picture because I got hungry 😐

I ended up leaving them in for three times as long and they still didn’t really brown.
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Unfortunately, that’s the only thing that was good.  The cornstarch was just bad.  It stuck in my teeth and overwhelmed the fries.  I didn’t even finish them and I eat burnt fries.  I don’t think this experience will stop me from trying them again, but I think I am just going to go the regular route of tossing them just in olive oil.

Egg ROLLS!!

You read right – they weren’t packages!  They turned out as rolls!!  AHHHH!  🙂  I was so happy!

Anyways – I found this recipe and the only thing I needed was coleslaw – I figured, why not?  I had to adjust because of the amount of chicken I had left over to use.

Ingredients
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Realize that the BBQ sauce in the picture above expired in Feb – too long, even for me.  Substitute Stubb’s sauce instead.  Be lazy and throw it in bowl for the Immersion blender and chop up the chicken.
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Roll them up with some coleslaw.
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Bake in 400 degree oven for approx 15 mins until golden brown
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Then, try and be artsy and take some pictures
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Well, I think I skimped a little too much on the BBQ sauce.  Definitely needed more cheese, too.  I think I was a little TOO reserved on the filling to try and not overfill, too.  I did have an issue with the flouryness of the egg roll wrappers – you can see them in the picture above.  The original recipe calls for spraying the rolls with non-stick spray.  I put a little olive oil on instead, but maybe I need to use a little more.  I was really liked these.  They weren’t too complicated and had a good flavor.  It really kind of opens up the possibilities of what else can be made into an egg roll.  I have other recipes, but I just didn’t have the confidence to do it – especially with the last disaster.  I can’t wait to make this again 🙂

Happy Union – Finally

I had such high hopes for this recipe.  It’s called Happy Union from this cookbook (If you are logged into amazon, click Look Inside and do a search for the recipe).  I had been planning on making this more than once.  This time, I was going to cook everything on the grill and then follow the recipe from there.  Instead, I mostly followed the recipe except for the amount of oil, the chicken marinade and the vegetable used 😀 – you know, just a little.  I didn’t marinate the chicken because it was supposed to be grilled.  I still poached both the asparagus and chicken according to the original recipe.  With the shrimp, garlic and ginger, I only used 1 tbsp of oil.  With a non-stick wok, I didn’t think it was necessary to use a total of 4.  I also got about 6 servings of the recipe instead of the assumed 4.

Ingredients (minus the raw chicken because I decided ew)
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Sauce made up
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All the meat and vegetables cooked
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All the kids in the pool.  The sauce was added and about to boil
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Done!  See the thick sauce achieved by adding some cornstarch and water?
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Dinner!
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OMG – this was so good and so simple.  It took a little time because I wasn’t prepared, but it is definitely a sauce I could see tossing with some leftover meat/protein and large veggies.  I don’t think something like corn or peas would work in this.  But leftover broccoli, cauliflower, etc?  Oh yea.  It was a good salty, a little tang of pepper, but not enough garlic…..cause, I’m a garlic freak.  Definitely make this.

I tried so hard!

Today was the day I decided to start tracking my calories again – after two and a half days of slacking off.  I was originally going to just start on Sunday, but had an epiphany and tracked today…..too bad I didn’t make the decision until AFTER I drank the 20 oz of regular coke.  I had to get creative, so I got an idea and did something I used to eat with my parents on New Year’s Eve and other holidays.

I took these
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And made them into a nice little dinner that looked like this (ignore the debris on the counter)
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Now, the sad part is that I actually thought I only had 250 calories to use for dinner.  Then I realized I had a bit more, but then I realized that I wasn’t supposed to have the gouda today (facepalm).  So much for staying within my calories – only over about 60, though.  Oh well, it was still good and refreshing.  I am actually going to have the same thing for lunch tomorrow….but replace the crackers with pita chips and tzatziki 🙂 – I did notice one weird thing…..I finished the peanut butter and I can still smell it.  I don’t see it anywhere, but that is all I can smell!!  Does this happen to anyone else??