Saturday, March 26, 2011

Purple X 8 Billion

I have become obsessed with this cookbook:

The book is set up in color sections: red, orange, yellow, green, etc. So of course, I flipped to the purple section first!

Recipe I chose:

Lavender-Roasted Purple Potatoes and Purple Onions Pg. 147

The setup of this recipe was easy enough. It took me a total of an hour to have it finished, but it didn't feel that long. There were a lot of little steps that took about 5 minutes felt like the time flew by.

 Nothing beats a perfect purple onion! I ate a few slices raw....yummy! :-]
Here was the coolest part of this recipe. The potatoes and onions are tossed with this olive oil / spices mixture, and the smell of this oil was AMAZING. In the mixture, there's 2 tbsp culinary lavender, fresh thyme, and (not originally in the recipe) rosemary and sage. I wanted to rub this in my hair so I smelled like it all day! Hahahah!

So, here's where I mixed up the recipe and made it my own! The original recipe called only for purple Peruvian potatoes. I used to live in Okinawa, Japan, and therefore have a special place in my heart for Okinawan purple sweet potatoes. I figured that since it keeps up the purple theme, I would do half Peruvian and half Okinawan potatoes. It made for an interestingly sweet and savory flavor.
The final product! In reality, I could have cooked it a little longer and made it crispier, but I was terrified of burning it. Next time!

The potatoes were really excellent, perfectly cooked and nothing compares to the flavor of an Okinawan sweet potato! The combination of the floral lavender with the thyme, sage, and rosemary was simply DIVINE. And mixed with sweet potatoes, it gave it a cool twist. I think if it were with only savory potatoes, though, the spices could have stood on their own a little more and wouldn't be as overpowered by the sweetness.


Ease of preparation: 3/5 
There was a lot of preparation involved, but it went by so quickly because there were so many steps.

Deliciousness: 2/5
I think that the lavender could have been cut in half. I also think that I should try it with just savory potatoes.

Prettiness: 5/5
So much PURPLE!

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