You may have heard about the latest food trend: sweet potato toast! Instead of using bread, you slice up sweet potatoes and toast them. I usually love exploring fads with a slightly cautionary view. I'll dip my feet in but not go wholeheartedly. But Dear Readers, this is one delicious fad.
I'm not anti carbs, paleo nor do I need to eat gluten free. Bread is one of the biggest pleasures in my life to eat. But I do like to eat a lot of vegetables and try and include as many vegetables as I can in my eating and this was my impetus to try it. I actually had to borrow my parents' toaster. We tend to toast on the grill in the oven but I wanted to see how it would work in a toaster as I figured most of you have toasters. And if you don't have a toaster you can just do it in an oven under a grill. It was so easy, there was no need to oil or butter the sweet potato and it just required a bit of patience as a slice of sweet potato takes longer to cook than bread.
I decided to top it with a colourful array of items. First there was an avocado rose (and a video will follow if you want to make your own avocado rose, it's dead easy). Then I topped it with thinly sliced prosciutto-a bit of salty against the sweet if you will. The third was a topping of beetroot tzatziki dip which is so easy and tasty. It was never meant to be a recipe but it was too good not to share so the recipe is below. And lastly there is a sweet one with Nutella and strawberries. You can of course use peanut butter and any spread that you would normally use for your toast at breakfast. And this is really an example of a new fad that is easy to incorporate and tasty too.
How to make sweet potato toast and an avocado rose
Speaking of popular things, last night Mr NQN handed me what looked like a small rectangular cardboard box. "Here mon cheri, have a look into this," he said. I held it up to my eyes and peered inside. It was my first glimpse into virtual reality. I had no interest in VR until that very moment and I became instantly hooked. I thought it was for people that liked video games and alternate reality and I guess it is but I never, ever play video games. Yet I was completely drawn into what I could see on this video. It was like the next generation after 3D (although different technologically). The video was of a haunted house and it was like my Halloween dream come true. I could walk around the house, turn around, walk into rooms and explore things all while standing in the comfort of my warm, safe living room.
I will caution you with saying that VR isn't easy on the eyes. After a minute or two my eyes started to get a bit sore so I wouldn't do it for too long but I was so enraptured by what I was seeing that I requested, "More honey more!" of Mr NQN. If you are interested, Mr NQN got the cardboard viewer from a google event he attended (you can get it here and this isn't sponsored) and our friend Viggo also loaned him a more high tech version that you can buy from stores. All you do is load up a VR video of your choice from youtube (search for VR video) on your phone and slide your phone in the viewer and become totally immersed in the whole experience!
So tell me Dear Reader, would you try sweet potato toast? And how often do you have toast? Have you ever tried Virtual Reality?
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Sweet Potato Toast
Makes about 10 pieces of "toast"
- 1 kilo/2.2lbs sweet potato (thickest is ideal, hence the enormous size)
- Beetroot Tzatziki dip (recipe below)
- Nutella and strawberries
- Prosciutto slices
Step 1 - Peel the sweet potato and cut it into thin slices. The thicker the longer the toast will take to make. Ideally you want it to be about a third of an inch or 3/4 of a centimetre. Place in toaster. Your toaster will probably pop a few times but keep pressing down until the sweet potato is cooked and this can be anything from 4-8 minutes depending on your toaster. It's done when a big bubble appears and the sweet potato is tender but not mushy.
Step 2 - Spread with the toppings!
Beetroot Tzatziki dip
- 2 medium sized beetroot or 1 large (around 500g/1.1lbs), roasted and peeled
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 garlic clove peeled
Step 1 - Cut the beetroot into rough chunks and process along with the yogurt and garlic.