To Whomever talked about feminism with a potato chips in hand, I am going to do opposite of it now. Devil on one shoulder: So, you are not going to talk about it? Angel on the other: No, she is. She is just nuts and have the habit of throwing around fancy words.
Ignore them 😀
I am going to just start typing or talking about a menace called feminism in India these days and of course with these baked sweet potato fries in hand. Cig shaped Tuiles would have been a good prop, eh?
You know what was my first thought in the morning? ‘Urgh, there you go, another day with another criticism and expectation from people I don’t even like or know. It’s like there is no end to expectations from people around us. They always have something to say. It starts from the day a fetus is formed and lasts till the final breath.
What starts as a small dust bunnies, snowballs itself into a giant mess Yeti created.
Women struggled(still do) for centuries to break free from the kitchen, fought for their voices to be heard and their opinions to be mattered. They fought and won. Good for them and us.
But what about the men and women of these days who provides us with only two choices, and forcing us to choose. To either work your arse off or to cook exotic recipes with exceptional cooking skills. How are these people different from the ones who treated us like slaves and snatch our freedom of speech?
I may come off as odd or downright dummy but isn’t feminism about supporting and respecting women’s decision whatever it may be?
How many of us copy-paste quotes about supporting women who chooses to be a happy housewife and then actually supporting them in real life?
Not without a little scoffing!
During my early years of self development, one question I was often met with from my obnoxious acquaintances(former friends), with a tone that suggests they are superior to me because they make big bucks, was always when my marriage was.
It’s like we are ultimately born with only two purpose in life. It’s either a fancy job or an authentic family.
There is nothing in-between?
If the only thing you are worried about is financial independency then please do know women can make that happen on their own.
Modern day feminism is like having your leash in the hands of someone else and to set yourself free you have to listen to them. This is also one type of slavery which isn’t any different from the ones our foremothers had to go through.
True freedom is when the decisions are your own and the work you do is yours. ___________________________________________________________________________
White sweet potatoes are seasonal and we hardly ever buy them. For some reason, I have always fantasised about them because of those curated list of yummy sweet potato recipes from Greatist.com. It’s funny how I thought the sweet potatoes available during the harvest season in Tamil Nadu, India was red in colour same as in the USA.
I got to eat white variety in my aunt’s village when I was much younger. The only memory I had was their taste and how fascinated I was about a vegetable being sweet!
Oh, how disappointed I was when the reality dawned on me after my mom bought home the potatoes that day! I did not expect them to have white flesh! Anyway, I did not stop buying just because it was not what I expected them to look like. They still tasted the same from my childhood!
Here’s a pretty simple way to gobble them and the recipe!
Ingredients 1/2 kg Indian white sweet potato 1/2 Tablespoon Sunflower oil 1/2 teaspoon – Garam masala 1/4 teaspoon – Table salt
Recipe Instructions 1. Rinse the white sweet potato in room temperature water thoroughly by scraping them with your hands to remove dirt off the skin. Rinse one more time and drain. Cube them into desired length. 2. Preheat the oven at 180C for 10 minutes. 3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, add cubed sweet potato, drizzle oil and sprinkle garam masala on top. Combine to coat the pieces evenly. 4. Bake them in the middle rack for about 40 minutes or until they are done.
Cube them into desired length. 2. Preheat the oven at 180C for 10 minutes. 3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, add cubed sweet potato, drizzle oil and sprinkle garam masala on top. Combine to coat the pieces evenly. 4. Bake them in the middle rack for about 40 minutes or until they are done.
Notes 1. Use less oil, if you prefer.
Enjoy the rustic Indian white sweet potato with naan or chappathis.