Right, so I am trying all my best learning how to drive.
Thing is, I am learning manual cars. Yes, the ones with the stick and gears. And man, it is so confusing to learn.
How many times did I stall the car? Numerous, countless, uncountable. I have the great ability to destroy car engine. Sigh. Oh, on top of that, I discovered that I love speed(ing). Right now, my instructor, a lovely lady from Kiwi land, is trying hard to put me in discipline.
Things are getting better, nevertheless. Still, gear change is a nightmare but I slowly get the hang of it. I can ride a proper motorbike so everyone is telling me that learning manual cars are as easy as pie. Huh? Cars and motorbikes are not the same, people! I (try to) believe that practice makes perfect, so even the husband and the sister scream in fear, I will still hold on and continue my quest. The quest to drive a manual car, that is!
Giving the chaos of driving lessons, I remain remarkably calm in the kitchen. At least it´s the familiar territory outside the madness of work, study, housework and car lessons. My MIL cannot understand why I find spending hours making jam relaxing. Guess it depends on personal hobbies, and I just love to cook and bake.
Now, I am turning a bit health conscious in this post. It´s a sweet dish again, but relatively healthier. These sweet potatoes balls are flavoured with maple syrup, then dip in melted organic dark chocolate before rolling over crushed peanuts. I am thinking pistachio or dried coconut strips will be equally lovely here. These balls are something sweet, lovely enough to brighten up the day (without large amount of guilt afterward).
chocolate covered sweet potatoes balls
1 small sweet potato (around 250g)
1-2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
150g crushed roasted peanuts (or pistachios, sesame seeds…)
200g dark organic chocolate
2 tsp light flavoured oil
Boil the sweet potato until soft, mash well. Flavour the mash with maple syrup, depending how sweet you want it to be.
Roll the sweet potatoes into small balls, place aside.
Prepare the crushed peanuts, put into a large plate.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave (or over a double boiler if you have time and enough care). Add in the oil and whisk until everything is combined.
When the chocolate mixture is still warm, coat the sweet potatoes balls evenly with the chocolate, the roll over the crushed peanuts.
Place the balls in the fridge until the chocolate is set. These balls are nice when chilled.