It was the end of the day and I was driving home during Sydney's crazy rainy weather when the phone rang. Hitting the speakerphone I answered while looking out at the rain pouring down the windscreen casting a grey light on everything. The red traffic lights provided the only colour in my outlook. There was a crackle and then a voice asked for me by name. He explained that he was with a courier company and they had a package waiting for me. My new computer.
I had waited home all morning for my delivery and had left for a meeting. And of course the way that these things go is that they always arrive when you are out and they were waiting for me at my house. I apologised and explained that I would be home soon - I know couriers have no spare time to wait and time literally is money to them and it would probably have to be sent back and then re-delivered. "Not to worry, I'll just get the courier to wait outside your place," the man said.
I paused. Was he joking with me? "How long do you think you'll be?" he asked and I answered, "About ten minutes, I'll be as fast as I can!" I said happy to be getting my long awaited computer.
"Don't rush luv, it's rainy out there. We don't want you getting into an accident!" he said kindly. I was stunned. It was an unexpected and thoughtful thing for him to say. He didn't have to be nice and most others would have just sent it back but it helped me out enormously.
If I knew him, I'd give him these bacon fries. Seriously, you need to make these for nice people. A friend sent me a pic of sweet potato fries and I fell in lust immediately. I don't know who invented them because it was a single image but whoever you are, you are brilliant!
It's really a matter of wrapping rashers of bacon around batons of sweet potato and then baking them. I added a final lick of maple syrup, the really good A grade Canadian stuff which is not entirely necessary as the sweet potatoes are sweet but they are kind of like a lacquer, that final glossy coat. I also sprinkled some hot salt that I bought in Vancouver. Made with ghost peppers, those incredibly hot chillies, I liked the slight numbing on my lips and the welcome flood of heat from the chillies.
So tell me Dear Reader, do you have any Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) to share? Do things like parcels arriving once you leave the house happen to you? And do you cook thank you gifts for people?
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- 1 large sweet potato
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 5 rashers streaky bacon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Hot salt or regular salt
- You will also need toothpicks to secure them together
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 200C/400F and line two baking trays with parchment. Peel the sweet potato and slice it into batons. Toss in the oil. If you want to make them super crispy use this recipe for sweet potato fries.
Step 2 - Slice the bacon into halves or thirds lengthwise and wrap each length around three pieces of sweet potato. Secure the ends with a toothpick and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with the maple syrup and bake again for an additional 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.