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 About.com article about the differences between yams and sweet potatoes. And this About.com 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 About.com, 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!

4 comments:

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.