Curry Sweet Potato Fries

>> Sunday, August 14, 2011

Remember my two little visitors from last week?

Here's some snapshots from our second encounter when I was on my way to the park...

There they were, hovering over a piece of bread and eating again. Completely unaware of the danger lurking around (not me!)

As the unfriendly intruder came to view and approached them, the couple looked up and were completely shaken by size of their enemy!

Errrr c'mon honey, let's get outta here before he chews us into pieces! *runs*

I imagined the magpie was gleefully thinking, mine mine mine, as he sprinted over to his dinner! 

Bullies are totally uncool, right?

Well, what happened this day, I still don't understand.

Before my eyes, the couple bravely yet cautiously walked back to the bread and the magpie, seeing their return, took off without any fuss.

You know what I think?

They must've put a dumbing spell on the magpie. Or not. I know from previous experiences that magpies still adore carbs despite being meat lovers. Guess this will remain a mystery to me...unless someone knows anything about these strange behaviours!

So perhaps the moral of the story is this: Size does not matter. You can beat the Goliath in your life!

Bye bye Mr. Magpie!

He was pretty much in a trance-like state as he made an exit from the scene.

Happy at last with their dinner. 

Or so you think...

Apparently the lady wasn't impressed. She suspected that the boy cared more about the food than her so she left. 

And I don't think he even noticed!

Me gonna rip this piece 'o bread like a man!


Hang on, something doesn't seem right?

Ok, let me think...

Is someone missing? I'm pretty sure I didn't leave the nest alone this morning...

*looks around*

Oooops! Honeyyyy...where are you?

By the way, while I'm in no way claiming to be a mind-reader of these creatures with wings, I will however claim that these curry sweet potato fries I've been making will mostly likely have you hooked!

They have graced my dinner table at least a dozen times as there seems to be an overflowing supply of sweet potatoes in the fridge lately. And this is now one of our favourite ways to indulge this vitamin-A rich food in my home. Crunchy, spicy, sweet...yum!

Oh and learn from that silly lorikeet - don't forget to enjoy your food with your loved ones this week!

Baked Curry Sweet Potato Fries
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Makes 1 potatoes worth of fries. 
  • 1 plump sweet potato/yam/orange-fleshed potato, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large egg white (I omitted this and used another tbsp of olive oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

3. Peel sweet potato and slice off the top and bottom points of the potato. With potato positioned north to south, use a large knife to slice potato into 1/3-inch potato planks. Stack planks in two piles, and slice, north to south, into 1/3-inch sticks.

4. Place potato sticks onto prepared baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Set aside.

5. In a medium bowl, whisk egg white until foamy and frothy (if using egg whites). Add curry powder, cumin, turmeric, and crushed red pepper flakes and whisk to incorporate. Pour the egg white mixture over the potato sticks and gentle toss to coat the potatoes.

6. Place in the oven and bake to desired doneness and crispiness, my fries took about 40 minutes. While the fries bake, stir together yogurt, cumin, olive oil and salt. Place in a small serving dish.

7. Remove fries from the oven and serve immediately.

Have a lovely week ahead!


OohLookBel August 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM  

Ooh, magpies can be hateful. Come back soon, little lorikeets! Love the curry and cumin on the sweet potato, it sounds delicious.

Jean August 15, 2011 at 1:06 AM  

ahh they're so adorable! seems like you guys have some sort of affinity, bumping into each other again! the fries looks really tasty! i dun think i need any sauce to go along with this one, it's good enough to be eaten on its own :)

PFx August 15, 2011 at 2:04 AM  

Oh! I love love love your photos, especially the cute couple standing wing to wing. And of course those sweet potato fries are will be an addictive treat when watching an AFL game.

Maris (In Good Taste) August 15, 2011 at 5:58 AM  

The birds are so adorable. Love the bright colors! They are only outdone by my very favorite sweet potato fries!

Yi @ Yi Reservation August 15, 2011 at 9:17 AM  

Nice to see those two little cuties again they are truly something special. So are your curry fries. Extra credit to being spicy and deep-fry free!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart August 15, 2011 at 9:28 AM  

Our most beautiful birds pale in comparison to those amazing lorikeets! Unbelievable color!

I am picking up some sweet potatoes at the market this week because your fries look wonderful! I have one more whirlwind week and then life should calm down a bit and I can post a few recipes we have been enjoying.

Fun stopping by!!!

Zoe August 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

The coming Spring season seems to make the colourful birds appearing again. I love watching them too. They are very cute.

Ever since McCain sweet potatoes advertisement, eating sweet potato chips seems to become trendy...

Adding lots of spices in these chips are a great idea.

Anh August 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM  

I have my horror story with magpies ! ha!

The fries look so delicious!

hanushi August 15, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

Viv, can I have a BIG bowl of potato fries for my personal consumption? Hehe... :)

Jeannie August 15, 2011 at 3:33 PM  

Your fries turned out so perfect! I have tried baking them once and they ended up all wrinkled and dry lol!

Vivian - vxdollface August 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM  

teehee they're so brave and cute! Even I get scared when I see magpies around :O I literally try to avoid them T_T
love the rustic look of the fries!

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour August 16, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

Curry and sweet potatoes are two of my favorite things! I love the sound of their combination. Your fine feathered friends made my day... nice captions!

Edith August 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM  

wow these fries look great

bakerbynature August 16, 2011 at 11:46 PM  

I made these when Joy posted this a while back and fell in love with their amazing flavor; thank you for reminding me of these beauties!!!

Cookie and Kate August 17, 2011 at 7:02 AM  

Those birds are gorgeous! I'm a total sweet potato addict (not an exaggeration). I usually make mine with cayenne and garlic, but I really want to try your spice combo. I found a little trick to making them extra crispy: corn starch! Sprinkle some on with the oil, mix it up thoroughly, and they turn out even crispier. Nomm.

Aizi August 17, 2011 at 3:50 PM  

that was such a funny story, and i love how you were able to take those pictures without the 3 of them being bothered at all. ofcourse those sweet potato fries look delish as well. i ll have to look out for sweet potatoes next time.

Juliana August 18, 2011 at 7:58 AM  

Wow, the curry fries look awesome...I love sweet potato fries and have to try with curry. The birds are so the motion with the "intruder" :-)
Hope you are having a great week Vivienne!

chopinandmysaucepan August 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

This is such a healthy and tasty way to do fries and sweet potato is incredibly healthy too! Bullies can be outdone too!

Jessica's Dinner Party August 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM  

Yumm! I love fries like these. Healthier and made with my favorite: sweet potatoes!

Those are such lovely visitors you have there. I wonder if they're willing to fly all the way over to Paris to greet me hello?!!

Nami | Just One Cookbook August 19, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

Those birds are so cute and it's fun watching them! But my focus today is these curry sweet potato fries!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously looking good. I should try this as I'm a huge potato fan...I know not good for my weight but this picture is so good that I almost reach my hand.... great photo and great fries. Thumbs up!!

Anonymous,  September 7, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

The curried sweet potato fries sound great. A must do recipe.

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