Driving lessons. Recipe: chocolate covered sweet potatoes balls.

>> Wednesday, March 03, 2010

chocolate covered sweet potatoes balls

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

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.


shaz 11:29 PM  

Good luck with the driving lessons Anh! Not sure if I should admit this openly but I had to take my driving test twice (in two countries - making it a total of four!) There's hope yet :) These sweet potato balls are so interesting, like a healthy truffle. Thanks for sharing.

Ravenous Couple 12:03 AM  

even we didn't have to learn manual! that's a hard way to start. I like the automatic atilla motorbikes myself ;)

Manggy 4:47 AM  

Tsk, tsk, don't go overboard on 4th gear ;) And instruction number 2: get one of these to me, stat! (But drive safely!)

Pete 5:39 AM  

looks nice and yummy.

Little Corner of Mine 7:04 AM  

Good Luck with your driving lessons. The first car I drove and learned from was a manual car. Love your chocolate covered sweet potatoes balls.

Hannah 7:09 AM  

Good luck with driving! I found learning in an automatic scary enough - but I know the manual thing will start to make sense to you soon! (It never will to me...)

THe chocolate balls look amazing; I never would have thought of using sweet potato!

WizzyTheStick 7:16 AM  

Good luck on the lessons. I passed my test on a manual but went straight to an automatic car after. Manual makes no sense to me. Confused as to how I passed the test, but grateful that I did. This dessert looks so interesting. Hmm I have never considered smothering sweet potatoes in chocolate before...looks tempting

veron 10:43 AM  

I never had luck with manual transmission... thank goodness for automatic here. I'll sure you'll get the hang of it specially with these delicious potato balls to keep you going. :)

Belle@Ooh, Look 11:15 AM  

It's surprising the number of 'older' learner drivers out there, and learning on a manual car must be hard. Good luck with it - hopefully you can offset the stress of driving with the calm of baking and eating :)

Ju (The Little Teochew) 12:11 PM  

During my time, driving lessons = manual cars. It was compulsory. I used to grumble a lot cos I knew I would definitely buy an auto car if I passed. Years later, they relaxed the rule to allow people to learn driving using auto. I guess they finally came to their senses! I love how you use sweet potato balls to make these "truffles".

Faith 12:23 PM  

Good luck with your driving lessons! These sweets look so good, and it's a total bonus that they're healthy! :)

tigerfish 12:47 PM  

I hate manual cars! To choose btw driving manual cars and baking (you know I don't bake), I will choose the latter!

Sook 12:54 PM  

Thank you so much for visiting "My fabulous recipes" I am glad that I found your blog, too, that way. These balls look phenomenal! I have never had anything like these before. They look great!

Murasaki Shikibu 12:58 PM  

Interesting stuff. I have all the ingredients to make this too! :D

noobcook 1:05 PM  

hope you get your license soon! those sweet potatoes balls are pretty, reminds me of truffles :)

Xiao Yen Recipes 1:28 PM  

This is such a yummy treat! I love chocolate and I will opt for pistachios when making mine.

Good luck on your driving lessons! It took me a while to learn too. Some people can learn with such ease and some just take more time. In the U.S., we call manual cars "stick shift". So we say, we drive a stick shift car. I was a bit confused reading your post but I get it now.

Xiao Yen Recipes 1:31 PM  

Love the simple recipes on your blog and I've added you to my blogroll. My daughters love baking and your recipes are very easy for them to follow through.

zurin 3:55 PM  

what an interesting recipe to make truffles with!

manual used to be easy until auto came along..heheh good luck wth ur driving.

Heather 3:56 PM  

The sweet potato balls look delicious! Definitely going to try them.
Keep at it with learning to drive a stick--once you've learned it, you'll never forget, and a manual transmission gives you better control of the car in bad driving conditions, although it is more of a pain in stop & go city driving. I learned how to drive in a stickshift, but my dad took me out on the backroads & taught me when I was about 10 (way too young to get a license in the US), & it's probably easier when you're younger.

ChichaJo 5:34 PM  

Hang in there Anh! I learned to drive late in life, yes on a manula as well, after various boyfriends, my dad, and my brother all failed to teach me. I finally did it and so can you! You go girl! :)

These sweet potato balls sound delicious!

cookingpractice 6:32 PM  

but you have automatic cars there, chị? they said the gear ones which i will have to learn are really tough! :((

Dragana 9:13 PM  

It seams easy to make. That is what I am looking for... Good luck with the driving lessons! I am sure it would be peanuts for you to pass the test! On my blog (www.ellad2.com) you can see one good recipe for muffins what I got from my reader. I put it in the category of "No way to fail Muffins recipe" :)

Barbara 10:53 PM  

Hang in there with the driving lessons, Anh! I learned on a shift too!
Really tasty sweet potato balls! I've never seen a recipe like it and it will be fun to try it.

Lauren 10:54 PM  

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods... combine them with chocolate and nuts, and I'm in heaven! Great recipe.

Heavenly Housewife 2:57 AM  

Fascinating! I have never seen a sweet potato truffle. I'll bet its awesome. Looking at the picture is making me want it :)
*kisses* HH

Lisa 4:09 AM  

Just divine! What a unique creation.

redmenace 8:01 AM  

It never occurred to me to make sweet potato balls. Great idea. They look so good! And, learning to drive a stick... Ugh. I learned the hard way-- in hilly San Francisco!

Julia @Mélanger 10:09 AM  

Oh my gosh, these look and sound delicious. Like nothing I've had before. Very interesting.

Good luck with the driving. From someone who I tried to teach how to drive a manual in the past, the ah-ha moment is when you realise "the clutch is made for clutching!" :)

Iron Chef Shellie 12:09 PM  

Don't worry! I was hopeless when learning to drive a manual. Now I drive so smoothly, people think I drive an automatic =D

These look delicious! chocolate? yes please!

Cookie baker Lynn 1:59 PM  

I miss driving with a stick shift! You'll get the hang of it and love it soon. I love the guilt-free chocolates!

Angie 3:07 PM  

You'll get use to the stick and never want to go back. It takes time to figure it out. Hang in there! I learned on a old stick truck that wouldn't stay running, every time I pushed the clutch, it stalled, and I had to pop it started, it also had a bad starter. At least its not a column shift, google that one, its crazy hard! The food looks great too, thanks for visiting my blog!

theUngourmet 3:58 PM  

I once went to test drive a car with a manual transmission without knowing how to drive one. I scared the salesman to death I think! :D

These sweet potato balls looks incredible! Nice photo too!

Chelsea Talks Smack 6:10 PM  

um, the title of this alone- makes me incredibly happy. sigh.

Elle 4:14 PM  

I still remember the challenge of learning to drive manual car...and it was many, many years ago. My poor boyfriend who taught me...luckily he was very patient and kind. Keep going...it does get easier with practice. BTW it might be easier if you kept your speed slower...less harm to the gears that way although less thrilling :) If you want to be even happier and learn to make your own sourdough starter, you could see how I did it (organic grapes were source of local wild yeasts, plus what is in air all the time) on my blog...October '08. It is a wonderful journey!

Arwen from Hoglet K 1:46 PM  

The sweet potato balls are a lovely idea! Good luck with the driving.

Arwen from Hoglet K 1:46 PM  

The sweet potato balls are a lovely idea! Good luck with the driving.

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