Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Here I Yam!

I always like having a face to go with a voice on the phone, with someone you email or to go with a blog. I hesitated to post this because I am struggling with my self-image; I’m trying to lose 50 lbs and 20 of that I gained this year, yikes! I truly believe my current weight is temporary and am working to make that true, hence the title of my blog, shedding the fat-suit. I talked about that more here: The Beginning.

And since I mentioned yams, let’s talk about ‘em. When I hear yam, I think sweet potato. But per this Wikipedia article, yams and sweet potatoes are not the same. However, it also proves I am not crazy because it says that in the U.S. and Canada, the terms are used interchangeably. Here is a link to an article about the differences between yams and sweet potatoes. And this article says that yams are toxic if eaten raw, and do not have as much Vitamin A and Vitamin C as sweet potatoes.

Here is a link to some yam recipes on Epicurious.  I’m particularly interested in the recipe for Yams with Crispy Skins and Brown-Butter Vinaigrette.
Hmmm now that I have been educated by Wikipedia and, I am not sure that I have ever had a true yam. I will put that on the to-do list for 2010, and will update you when I try some of the epicurious recipes!


Tricia said...

I was just telling my dad the other day that theyre different things!

Cammy said...

What a lovely photo! You have the sweetest smile!

I'm a sweet potato girl, definitely, but usually in the form of the casserole. :)

liz at imsheddingthefatsuit said...

Cammy, thank you! And I like my sweet potatoes baked, with butter and salt. No cinnamon and no brown sugar!

justjuliebean said...

I'm quite sure I've never had a yam, though think I saw them at farmers market last weekend. They don't look very edible. My favorite sweet potatoes are okinawas, they are purple inside, and so very sweet. I eat them plain (baked), roasted them once, too sweet for that.