I had originally planned on making scalloped Russet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. My wife said, “It is not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! A quick shuffle and I did it the other way.
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Jan’s friend needed a soft soup after her oral surgery and Jan’s family is descending upon us. Blended soups are the order of the day. In addition to Ezo Gelin and Avgolemono, I will be making Maafe. Maafe, at its simplest, is a sauce made with peanuts and tomatoes with onions and sweet potatoes being a frequent additions. After that, the variations for this soup/stew are near endless. Traditionally, this dish is probably served “chunky,” but I will blend it into a smooth creamy soup for people with problems chewing.
Jan had a temporary crown put in on Monday and she wanted a soft creamy soup for dinner. In times past this would mean some variation of vichyssoise, potato and leek soup. I am always looking for something new, so I started thinking about an African sweet potato and peanut soup/stew.
Our Sunday paper has a supplement, the USA Weekend, which usually includes one of those recipes for people who do not really cook—you know the add “can A” to “can B” kind. This week they actually had a recipe for Thanksgiving that Jan thought looked pretty good. Not being one to follow any recipe, I had to make some changes.
Last week Jan had a work lunch that had Sweet Potato Biscuits with PB&J. She brought some leftovers home for us to try. She suggested that this would be a good thing to serve the teenagers on their Thursday movie night.
I am making a Southern (U.S.) roasted chicken. Southern chicken calls for yams to be the starch. This is one of those dishes that I try to make differently each time I make it. I am still looking for the perfect mashed yam dish.
I had decided to make an African peanut and sweet potato soup to go with my Asian coleslaw and ham steak. When I told her how I had planned to spice the ham to meld these divergent dishes, her response was a very definite, “No!” She suggested that I make the soup, Hawaiian and make Hawaiian pork to go with it. A quick adjustment of the spicing and the addition of coconut milk met with her satisfaction.
I went to the dentist today, so I have joined Jan’s soft food diet for the day. Despite last night’s yam fail, she sent me a Martha Stewart recipe she wanted me to try. It is not really in my nature “to do” Martha Stewart. I did not change everything about the recipe, but just about. This is more of a “inspired by” rather than an “adapted from” recipe.
Yams go very well with ham. They also cook much more quickly than regular potatoes. This makes them perfect for my time-delayed dinner. We are going out to a movie and I need to do the prep before we go, but have everything pulled together quickly after we get back.