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Delicious and Good for you…

February 11, 2012

When she was a baby, Halo’s favourite food was banana. Actually, that’s stretching the definition of favourite a little -at first the only food she would eat was banana. After a while it became possible to smuggle other foods into her diet providing the overwhelming taste – and texture – was that of banana. She would eat banana with rice, banana with broccoli, banana with carrot – almost anything as long as banana was dominant. The one exception to this was sweet potato which we tried giving her as a treat – we thought she’d love it.  She spat it out. It obviously made a lasting impression because she resolutely refused to eat sweet potatoes for years.

I was reminded of this while watching Halo prepare the sweet potatoes she’d bought, adding olive oil and Thai seven spice mix (which confusingly lists the following ingredients: coriander, ginger,cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, aniseed, garlic, mustard, cloves, salt, pepper, onion). Add an unpeeled clove of garlic to the pan and then roast the lot in a hot oven for about 45  minutes. Remove the garlic, cut an opening in the end and squeeze the roasted garlic into a bowl and add some smoked paprika and mayonnise – it has to be Helman’s I think – and use as a dip with the sweet potato wedges. Delicious and good for you – sweet potatoes are supposed to be the most nutritious vegetable (body builders take note).

Halo likes parsnips now too. I told Arlo this and he was incredulous.  “I’m never going to like parsnips,” he said, “and sweet potatoes remind me of  parsnips so I’m not eating them either.” Today we went shopping and there were sweet potatoes for sale very cheaply…….


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  1. February 11, 2012 10:51 pm

    Yes we bodybuilders are aware of the nutrional value of sweet potato, possibly the best carb. And thanks, I now know what to get Halo for valentines day, do Thorntons do a banana range?

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