Category Archives: #Sweet Potato Awareness Month

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 14th-20th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Recipes for “Toad in the Hole”, “Fig Newtons”, Music and Carol’s Green Kitchen “Christmas Special”…

My Culinary A-Z,  Toad in the Hole, Fig Newtons  …Music by Earth, Wind and Fire and more …Oh Yes!, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearly 3 weeks into November and coming up to 3 yrs of covid who would have thunk 2 years ago? It’s also” Stir Up Sunday” today when if you haven’t already it’s time to get together and make those puddings …Have fun and make a wish…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...The Fig Newtons were delicious…thank you to everyone who gave me some pastry tips they were much appreciated…

The week started with my first attempt at making Fig Newtons or Fig Rolls if you hail from the UK…as I type there is one left looking awfully sorry for itself…but I am determined not to eat it…They were very nice but I am sticking to my regime to drop a few pounds before the festive season kicks in…so sample them I did and then drew the line…my testers love them so armed with tips for rolling pastry from my fabulous readers the second batch will soon be made…

CarolCooks2…Today in my Test Kitchen …Fig Newtons…Take One!

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen Christmas Special!

A bumper edition of ideas for a sustainable Christmas and some Christmas Recipes I hope you enjoy…It is also Stir Up Sunday today time to make your Christmas Puddings… just click the link for some delicious Christmas Pudding recipes…and don’t forget to make a wish x

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – Christmas Special 2021 – DIY presents, Sustainable Trees and Gifts, Cheesecake and Pickles.

Not forgetting of course that it is Sweet Potato Awareness Month and today is National Stuffing Day…Click this link for all your Christmas Stuffing recipes …Sweet Potatoes are one of my favourite vegetables…this recipe is easy to make and a favourite with even the family members who say they don’t like sweet potatoes…Bacon changes most peoples minds…smile…

Spicy sweet potato balls with cream cheese and bacon.


• 2 sweet potatoes
• 2 spring onions finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
• 1-2 tsp red curry paste
• 3 rashers of bacon cooked until crispy
• Cream cheese
• Breadcrumbs to coat
• Oil to cook

Let’s Cook!

  • Wash and cook the sweet potatoes in the oven until soft…
  • When cooked allow to call a little and then remove the skins and mash with a little oil or butter then add the garlic, spring onions and red curry paste.
  • Combine well and season to taste.
  • Chop your cooked bacon and add to the cream cheese.
  • Take a good spoonful of the sweet potato mix form into a ball and make an indent then push the cream cheese and bacon into the whole and then make it into a ball again. Repeat until all your potato is used.
  • Roll the balls into some breadcrumbs you may need to use some milk or egg to get them to stick.


  • Heat your oil and cook in batches just be careful as sweet potatoes have a tendency to brown quicker than ordinary potatoes.
  • Serve as a starter or snack with a sweet chilli sauce …Enjoy!

Next, it was The Culinary Alphabet with the middle letter of S…The Letter S is quite easy I have left some for Pete and Chel…Have fun guys Looking forward to what you come up with …You will have to read the post and the comments to see what Chel and Pete came up with they did good!

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letter S…

Over the last six weeks, Sally has shared the nutrients we need to be healthy and their main food sources. You just need to cut and paste it into word and print it off…How easy is that? #recommended read.

First a reminder of the basic nutrients we need for energy and healthy functioning systems and organs and the main food sources.

  • Vitamins and anti-oxidants – A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (Folate) B12, C, D, E, K,
  • Minerals – Calcium, chloride, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc.
  • Amino Acids –
  • Essential Fatty Acids –
  • Bioflavonoids –V
  • Very strong anti-oxidants.

To read the full original post please click the link below…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…”Toad in the Hole”

A recipe learnt from my mum…Toad in the Hole…

We British have a way with words and we have a few strange sounding names for some of our food dishes…take ‘Spotted Dick”,  a “One-eyed Sandwich” ‘Stargazy Pie”, ‘Pigs in Blankets” or “Bubble and Squeak”….all foods of my childhood…

CarolCooks2…in my kitchen…Todays Recipe “Toad in the Hole “

Saturday Snippets…

Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and this week my word is…Earth!…

Saturday Snippets are often written on the fly…very rarely planned unless someone has given me a prompt word… in the last 4 weeks, they have followed a sort of theme…Soap, Water, Fire, Wind…and now ” Earth” to complete the trio and with none other than some great tracks from Earth, Wind and Fire!

This brings me to one of my favourite bands of all time…I have listened danced to them over the years…Please click the link below to listen to the wonderful Earth, Wind and Fire!

Saturday Snippets 20th November 2021…Earth!

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed the catchup…I look forward to your comments as always…Have an enjoyable Sunday and if you are stirring those Christmas Puddings make a wish…

See you tomorrow XX


CarolCooks2…In my Kitchen today…Sweet Potatoes…


November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month! That said purple sweet potatoes are one of my favourite vegetables…I love them!

Just boiled or steamed then mashed and served with lots of fresh vegetables they are one of my favourites …

This starchy vegetable is a given on the Thanksgiving day menu, but the preparation possibilities are endless so it can be enjoyed year-round.

The purple sweet potato is my favourite…

They are nutritious...a good source of iron, calcium, potassium, B vitamins, plus vitamin C. They are especially high in both fibre and an antioxidant called beta-carotene.

Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A when it is consumed, which can help prevent worsening eyesight and support a healthy immune system. Fibre slows the breakdown of starches, helping to prevent blood sugar spikes.

1 medium sweet potato is considered a serving size, which provides about 100 calories, 0g fat, 2g protein, and 23g total carbohydrate…

They can be mashed, baked, fried or steamed. Sweet potato French Fries are also easy to achieve at home and are a more nutritionally-rich version of traditional French Fries. Due to their naturally sugary flavour, sweet potatoes do not require extra salt or sugar to enhance their flavour. Olive oil, green onions, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice may be used if you’d like to jazz things up.

I like something a little different… This recipe is a nice treat… A recipe that was given to me by a friend who used goat’s cheese… I use feta or ricotta if I can’t get goats cheese…

purple sweet potato

Sweet Potato with goat’s cheese, honey, and roasted grapes.


• 4 sweet potatoes
• 2 cups of red seedless grapes
• 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil
• ¼ tsp salt and freshly ground pepper
• 4 ounces of goats cheese, feta/ricotta
• Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
• 2 tbsp of honey plus additional to drizzle if required

Prick the sweet potatoes then wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and cook in the oven at 350F for about 35/45 mins until soft. Remove from the oven and leave to cool then take your cooled sweet potato and gently remove the flesh… the skins are not as hardy as a normal potato are they? So my advice is to leave some of the potato flesh attached to the skin or you may struggle to fill them.

About halfway through cooking your sweet potatoes roast the grapes… put them on a baking tray drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper then roast them for about 20 mins or until the skins just start to burst… Do check them as ovens vary and they can tend to burn…my oven runs hot so I have to be careful…

In a bowl mash the potato with 3 oz of the goat’s cheese, honey, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste then put the potato back in the skins and crumble some more goats cheese on top …To serve: add the grapes and drizzle more honey if desired…


Other sweet potato fillings:

How about a baked sweet potato filled with cooked black beans, corn, crispy bacon, sweet peppers topped with sour cream with some lime rind stirred through or sprinkled on the top and some chopped coriander.

Or the Thai way our sweet potatoes here are a bright purple we do get the orange but many are purple a really beautiful colour… Baked and topped with Thai Peanut sauce they are heavenly…

Ingredients for Thai Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic very finely chopped or minced
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar (to taste)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. fish sauce (for vegetarians: substitute 2 1/2 to 3 tbsp. regular soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. tamarind paste (or 2 tbsp. lime juice)
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or 1/2 tsp Thai red chilli paste more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

Let’s Cook!

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until the sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier peanut sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.

Taste.... adding more fish sauce (or soy sauce) if not salty enough, or more red curry or cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you’d prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.

This sauce tends to thicken as it sits–just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise, it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Add to your baked sweet potato and top with chopped red onion, green onions and coriander, and some crispy fried garlic…yummy if you love Thai flavours.


There will be more “Sweet Potato” recipes throughout the month…I hope you enjoy x