December 29, 2017

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad - One Last Post

Roasted-Sweet-Potato-Salad

So I had promised myself to post one last article on the blog before the end of the year and here it is. I feel very sorry for not having shown up on this space for the last few months.

I started this blog back in 2010, when we lived in our small studio flat in Exeter, UK. At the time, I didn’t know anything about food styling and photography, and over the years, I have developed those skills all the while thoroughly enjoying writing about food and developing recipes. Through the blog, I have established connections, got opportunities to get my work published and most of all enjoyed the process of preparing and eating delicious nourishing foods.

Ever since becoming a mum, I have seen my priorities change and spent most of my time looking after my little boy and running my yoga business and as a consequence I left the blog on the side. I still feel absolutely passionate about wholefoods and eating well for me and my family + I also carry on working with foods, providing plant-based catering for events + I still have as a project to write cookbooks, but I have now decided to stop writing my beloved blog Food Moods. It’s not easy to let go of what’s felt like my baby for the past seven years or so, but I deep down feel that it’s time to move on and focus on what is calling my heart at this very moment.

I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who have read or taken part in Food Moods – what a wonderful adventure it’s been! And a special thank you to my hubby for all his behind the scenes help and letting me use his camera!

As for this one last recipe, it is simple but all the same delicious, which seems to have been my food philosophy the past few years, and we’ve loved having this salad over the holidays. It can be served as a side or as a main dish, and is equally nice warm or cold. Let me know what you think if you try it!

Food Moods will stay live for a few more months, and if you’re interested in following what I am up to and reading about holistic wellbeing (including a few recipes once in a while), you can follow me on my yoga blog.

I also keep on posting on my Instagram account on a regular basis.

With love and gratitude x

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad – serves 4 as a main or 6 to 8 as a side dish
•60g pumpkin seeds
•4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
•2tbsp coconut oil, melted
•1tbsp smoked paprika
•1tbsp ground cumin
•Salt and pepper
•Seeds from ½ pomegranate
•100g feta, crumbled
•A few sprigs of mint, leaves picked

1.Preheat the oven to 160°C. Place the pumpkin seeds on a small baking tray and place in the oven for about 10min or until golden and fragrant.
2.Turn the oven up to 180°C.
3.Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Add the coconut oil, spices, salt and pepper and mix well. Place in the oven for 30-40min, until the sweet potatoes are tender.
4.To serve, transfer the sweet potatoes to a serving dish or plates and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, feta and mint. Eat warm or cold.

Salade de Patates Douces Rôties – pour 4 personnes en plat principal ou 6-8 personnes en accompagnement
•60g de graines de courges
•4 patates douces de taille moyenne, pelées et coupées en morceaux
•2cs d’huile de coco, fondue
•1cs de paprika fumé
•1cs de cumin moulu
•Sel et poivre
•Graines d’une demi-grenade
•100g de feta, émiettée
•Quelques brins de menthe, effeuillée

1.Préchauffer le four sur 160°C. Mettre les graines de courges sur une petite plaque à four et enfourner pour une dizaine de minutes, ou jusqu’à ce qu’elles soient dorées.
2.Augmenter la température du four à 180°C.
3.Mettre les patates douces sur une plaque de cuisson recouverte de papier cuisson. Ajouter l’huile de coco, les épices et assaisonner de sel et de poivre. Enfourner pour 30-40min, jusqu’à ce que les patates douces soient tendres.
4.Pour servir, transférer les patates douces dans un plat de service ou des assiettes et parsemer de graines de courge, de grenade, de feta et de menthe. Servir chaud ou froid.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad