You are going to love this Sweet Potatoes with Avocado and Truffle Oil appetizer!
Writing is a commitment. I’ve been following food blogs and noticed the different personalities they all have. It’s very easy for some people to just sit down and write a story. Words just flow into sentences and create a wonderful story: entertaining and rich, sometimes funny, informative. For others it is difficult to come up with content. I often fall into this category and have writing days and non-writing days.
Well, that’s what I thought until I got into this really cool way of writing with people! It is not writing the same story or working on the same article, but just being in the same room, maybe by the same table to create a writing environment. It helps me to focus and keeps me in the right mood. For example, right now I am with a friend in a cozy local café where we agreed to time an hour to write, no cell phones, no talking, just writing. This is a great way to follow commitment.
In the past year I got introduced to writing exercises and this has become one of my favorite pastimes. Basically, you get together with a friend or a few friends with your favorite notebook and perfect pen. You give yourself a time of 7 to 10 minutes, pick a subject and write about it. The subject can be anything – “coffee cup”, “sunset”, “song your mom used to sing to you”, “angry stranger”, “dream that came true” – it is limitless.
A wonderful friend once said, “All great writers read”.
You can come up with anything or use books, which lists subjects to write about. The fact that you time yourself, doesn’t give you time to reread while writing or edit the text. There’s no time to plan or think exactly what you will be writing about. It’s always a surprise where your thoughts will take you! You can even discover things you never knew about yourself. It’s incredible how creative and spontaneous our brain can be.
At the end of 10 minutes, we read our short story to each other. Everyone is usually shy, but you just trust and share; it becomes so beautiful. And in that moment of sharing develops an intimacy. Later you can fix what you wrote and really take the time to write more if you want, but the mutual subject to write somehow pushes you to do it. What a great experience.
There are many different writing exercises. For example, you can write a list of ten “favorite” words in a column. Then pick 3-5 words out of those, then time yourself (10 minutes or so) and write a story using those words. It’s not necessary to have a story format. It can be a poem, or prose, a memory. The great thing you don’t have to know, it will come from there.
Recently, I’ve been craving for roasted sweet potatoes and avocados. This combination makes one of my favorite healthy appetizers, which I finally decided to post. I added Persian pear and radishes for a nice contrasting crunch…
Sweet Potatoes with Avocado and Truffle oil
Read the recipe for the secret details and enjoy. These are delicious!
- 2-3 sweet potatoes
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 small red onion
- 1/4 cup parsley or cilantro (or both)
- 1 Persian pear
- 3 radishes
- Watercress (micro greens for decoration)
- Sea salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
- Olive oil
- Truffle olive oil
- Preheat the oven 420˚F.
- Dice the onions and place in a small bowl or a cup. Top with vinegar and equal amount of water. Add honey or maple syrup, pinch of salt and set aside to marinate.
- Cut sweet potato in 1/3 inch circles. Toss them in a bowl with some olive oil. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place each potato circle on a baking tray in one layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes or fork tender.
- While the potatoes are baking, fork mash the avocado, add finely chopped parsley or cilantro or both, marinated onion, salt, pepper. Mix well.
- When sweet potato is done and has cooled, top with avocado mixture. Decorate with pear, radish and watercress leaves.
- Drizzle with truffle oil and serve.
- It is more convenient to marinate onion about an hour prior to using it. It will reduce the strong onion kick, but will keep the crunch. If you are in a hurry, you can "massage" the onion in vinegar and water mixture with potato masher. By the time you are done with other steps the onions will be ready.