Yam Chips with Melted Cheddar Cheese

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Move over Irish and sweet potato chips. You have a new rival! YAM. The purple kind. The kind which melts in your mouth. The kind when cooked and served alongside groundnut stew or beef stew is one of the perfect meals you will ever have. Yes that Yam.  While doing my research, I found out yam has a lot of names in different places. This kind of yam is popular in central Uganda although there are many other varieties and species in the country.

 

I don’t always eat out because this homebody life but when I do, I always want to recreate meals I eat in restaurants at home. Now this epic snack meal has two major ingredients: Yams and Cheese because you can never go wrong with cheese and because yam is just a wonderful alternative to Irish and sweet potatoes. The sharp cheddar adds a savoury taste to the crunchy yam chips creating multiple layers of textures.

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One of the things that make these chips so good is that they have a unique earthy (-ish) taste that is quite hard to describe. If you have eaten these yams you know what I mean.  Now that these yam chips are just the perfect snack, I went bigger and melted Cheddar cheese from Paramount Dairies on them sprinkled some herbs and garnished with fresh from the garden sweet cherry tomatoes. This is the perfect snack! In fact it is the ultimate snack I tell you. Best advice is buy as much yam as you can, peel it and cut it into chips, freeze and whenever you feel like chips, get those yams out and get busy. You should absolutely make these chips

What you will need:

1 Kilo Yams

200 gm Cheddar cheese

Tomato ketchup (optional)

Cherry tomatoes

Salt

Parsley for garnish

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Observations:

  1. When you buy the yams, make sure they do not touch water. This is because they release a substance that when it comes in contact with your skin will cause itchiness.
  2. When peeling the yams, I recommend wearing gloves if you have them but a plastic will work well too. This is to avoid any form of itchiness. Again strictly stay away from any form of water.

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Method

  1. Peel the yams and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  2. When your hands are still covered wash the yams and pat dry with a towel.
  3. Cut the yams into chips
  4. Fry the chips till slightly golden brown
  5. Sprinkle salt on the fried chips
  6. Melt cheddar
  7. Slice the tomatoes

To assemble

  1. Arrange chips on plate/tray.
  2. Pour melted cheddar
  3. Add the tomatoes
  4. Sprinkle with parsley
  5. Serve warm.

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🙂

Sophie

 

This post is made possible by Paramount Dairies. You can find Cheddar cheese and more cheese products in major supermarkets in Kampala. Thank you for supporting brands I believe in.

 

Valentine’s DIY: Heart shaped Tea Bag Tags

 

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Valentines day is  four days away!  It is a special season, to celebrate our loved ones. Though I believe we should be able to proclaim our love to our loved ones every single day. We do not require a special day to do so. Nonetheless, red is everywhere and a ton of events, sales, and what not. So in this season of love, I have this absolutely simple do it yourself project  that takes less than five minutes from start to finish. its one way to add a  little something special to your tea bags and a twist to your morning routine…err…tea. Below is a step by step tutorial on how to make these. Hope you have fun doing this. The best part is that you can personalise them to what you prefer.

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What you will need:

Tea bags

Red Paper

Soft cardboard/card paper

Glue stick

Pencil

Scissors

 

Method

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Draw a  heart shape on the card paper. Cut the shape out. Fold the red paper four times. Using a pencil, trace the heart shape onto the red paper. Cut out the shapes. Each teabag will need two red hearts. Glue the white side of the two hearts( the part you intend to stick the string on). Place the string in the middle and press them together. Easy!

If you have time on your hands, you can make a whole boxes and  then send them out as gifts. Be creative.

 

🙂

Sophie

 

 

 

 

Banana Blossom Patties

While surfing (Do they call it surfing anylonger?) the web, I read this amazing quote from one of my favourite bloggers: “Be kind. Be generous. Create. Love. Heal. Move forward. Rest. Love harder and create some more. Most importantly: get weird.”And in the name of being weird or something like it I want to ask,  if I presented you with these banana blossom patties, would you eat them? You would right? Because I have known banana blossoms are edible ever since I was a little child.  There was someone who would make killer fritters with this magical fruit (now that I am thinking about it, I wonder if it is a fruit at all!). I don’t remember her but I remember the fritters (they were that good!). We have a handful of banana plants in the backyard which are yielding well with bogoya, matooke and the one used to make juice (which is so good by the way). Whenever these plants bring bananas, we are most excited about the blossoms so we can either make a groundnut stew or these patties.

But before we go any further, I would like to explain how banana blossom is prepared. Well, you break it off the bunch and then remove the over coverings till you reach an inner soft and tender part. This is the part that is to be boiled to remove the  bitter sap. Once it is boiled (it will turn a dark colour), let it cool and then you can transform it into any meal you want.

If you don’t already know, I am so obsessed with smoky flavoured foods like these irresistible eggplant parmesan meatballs in home-made sauce.  I decided, for a change to roast  the blossom to remove the sap and give it a smoky flavour at the same time.

What you will need

1 Whole banana blossom, chopped into thin slices

1 Large green pepper, finely diced

1 Large carrot, grated

Two medium onions, finely diced

Two medium tomatoes, finely diced

2 Eggs

3 Tbsp. baking flour

1 Tsp. Dark soy sauce

2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped

A handful of coriander, finely chopped

1 Tsp Rosemary

Chili flakes

Salt

 

Method

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix well. Place a frying pan on medium heat and add a teaspoon of oil. Once the oil has become hot, add three spoons of the patty mixture in the pan and spread then out evenly. Let the patty fry for about two minutes and then flip and let the other side cook for the same amount of time. Remove from fire and repeat the process until the mixture is over.  Serve these as is, with mayonnaise, ketchup, rice (my favourite!), or in a bun with some cheese and make instant burgers.

Pure awesomeness! You can simply double the batch and save some patties in the refrigerator for weeklong quick meals. I am already eyeing the next banana blossom!

I would like to know, do you eat or have you ever tasted banana blossom? How do you prepare it? Let me know in the comments below so we can discuss!

🙂

Sophie