Food is more than fulfilling metabolic need; it is emotion, sensation and life itself. People differ in their inclination towards food; even the same individual prefer different food under different circumstances. Today I will recommend two types of food that are perfectly apt for Swedish winter: they are as warm as home-coming, and are simple enough to prepare in a shared student kitchen.
The vendors selling roasted sweet potatoes are a shared memory of post-1990s’ China. Although such sign disappears from my life since I moved to Sweden, the nostalgic taste of roasted sweet potatoes can be easily replicated in your own oven, in three steeps:
Pre-warm the oven at 200C, 10 min *
Put the sweet potatoes (NOT peeled), 70 min *
Let the sweet potatoes cool down **
A qualified roasted sweet potato should:
- secret a viscous, black juice
- have readily removable skin
- soft enough be bailed with a spoon
* It might be variation between my oven and yours
** Allowing your sweet potatoes to cool down is really important. High-temperature food and beverages are a known risk factor for various types of cancers. Besides, sweet potatoes actually taste better when they are a bit cooler.
Some mix up sweet chestnut with it cousin, horse chestnut, due to their appearance: