Thursday, July 28, 2011

What is matoke?

A staple food in the African diet, matoke is made from either steamed or boiled plantains that have been mashed and seasoned. I hear that when prepared well, they quite resemble whipped mashed potatoes. Sounds good, right? I sure hope so! I’ll give you the full African food report upon my return.

Until then … be well, eat well.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Bloggy Boot Camp

I am happy to share that I’ve signed up for my first bloggy event. From the looks of the agenda, I am sure my head will be swirling with ideas and excitement when the day is done! And, as I consider inspired modifications to this here blog, I hope you’ll join me in looking forward to what’s to come of my Foodie Things. Cheers!

Are you a blogger? Join me!

Bloggy Boot Camp
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

A preview of food to come …

I find myself about to embark on a 2 week trip that will be unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I am … wait for it … Africa bound. No doubt, there will be many stories to tell upon my return. It is my hope that the trip will be an adventure in food exploration as well – Weetabix and all.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Garlic dill fries

I’ve always loved French fries. They are my weakness (well, one of them, anyway). And fries accompanying a good, juicy burger is even better. But since I enjoy a healthier lifestyle than that of greasy burgers and fries, I often make them at home – oven-fried style. This time, I used sweet potatoes and seasoned with garlic and dill for something different. I’d never tried this flavor combo before and I have to say, I quite liked the earthy flavor of the dill with the sweetness of the potato.

1 large sweet potato, peeled
1-2 cloves garlic, freshly pressed
Olive oil

Peel potato and cut lengthwise. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and season generously with dill, parsley, salt, pepper and fresh garlic. Mix thoroughly. Spread on baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes. *Baking time will vary depending on thickness of cut fries. Crisp up by broiling fries for 2 minutes per side but keep an eye on them to avoid burning. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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