I am a member of a wonderful Irish Set Dance group that meets on Monday nights for dancing and fun. Often on that day, when it is time for supper but I don’t have time to prepare and linger over a meal before leaving for our class, I make this sensuous Quickie. Even tho a “quickie” I need something delicious, sustaining but light for my evening of waltzing, jigging, hornpipe-ing, spinning and reeling around the dance floor. This is delicious, delightful and just perfect! (and sensuous as well, meaning color, flavor and texture that is pure pleasure–as a quickie should be..)
This recipe was created with ingredients that are always on hand in my kitchen..For me, creating luscious food is a form of artistic expression!: (and healthy! Check after the recipe for the health benefits of these ingredients)
1 med/large sweet potato (organic if possible), butter, a touch of honey if necessary, a sprinkle-to-taste of cinnamon or apple pie spices, a small splash of half-n-half, slivered almonds, dried cranberries.
Peel and chop/dice sweet potato. Put in pan and cover with lightly salted (or not) water, bring to a boil and simmer until soft. Drain. Mash with a small pad of butter to taste (I LOVE butter..like “Julia and Julia”), a sprinkle of cinnamon/apple pie spices-to taste (go easy, taste, adjust. You can always add a little more, but you can’t fix “too much”) mix with a little splash of half-and-half or cream. Mix. Top with slivered almonds and dried cranberries. Mix again and eat (savor) your “quickie” slowly. And then go forth and fling yourself into dance or whatever is your passion! ***Video of Irish Set Dance Class!
note: be sure to check out my greening spirit site to find out why there is a sprouting onion on my spring altar rather than a pot of forced narcissi or paperwhites “http://thegreeningspirit.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/spring-sprouting-in-praise-of-the-greening-spirit/
Health Benefits for this Recipe:
Sweet potatoes: a wonderful source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and digestible dietary fiber. A “grounding; energy.
Cinnamon: regulates blood sugar (important for pre-diabetics), anti-microbial (reduces cold and flu suffering), arthritis relief and more: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=68
Honey: a natural sweetener, communing with Nature! Anti-microbial and more! http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/health-benefits-of-honey.html
Almonds: heart healthy, vitamins/minerals/flavanoids and more: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20
Cranberries: anti-oxidents, vitamin C, anti-microbial (urinary tract). Sweetened dried cranberries however are high in sugar, however. But the little sweet and tart is very nice, as ingredients in a quickie tend to be. 🙂
Irish Set Dance Class: Cardiovascular exercise, muscles workout, laughter (great for the heart), anti-alzheimers, friendship, community