You may have or may not have noticed, but the last seven days I have been physically away from the computer and blogging. I have spent the past week down south and all the posts that have appeared are thanks to the technical magic of blogger, permitting bloggers to schedule advanced blog posts. Even though I have utilised this scheduling of posts method heavily the past week, I have to be honest and say, I am undecided whether I really like this feature. Oh it certainly has its benefits, but I feel it in some way takes away from the blogging interaction experience, as I have unable to respond to comments at the time. Therefore, I would like to say Thank you to everyone who has come by while I have been away and to those who have taken time to leave a comment, it is appreciated.
Anyway, we arrived back in the west of Scotland late this afternoon. I had already decided to make Arriabiata Pasta when we got in, stopping at one of the local shops only for milk and bread, but when I got in I saw a large sweet potato in the vegetable basket. So the menu was changed from Arrabiata to this: 'Soba Noodles with Soy-Ginger Sweet Potatoes'.
Presto Pasta Nights. PPN was founded by Ruth Daniels of Once Upon a Feast and each Friday night a different host posts a roundup of pasta dishes submitted by bloggers from around the world. This week PPN#231 is being hosted by Juli of Pictures of All My Princesses.
Soba Noodles with Soy-Ginger Sweet Potatoes
Serves 2 (can easily be doubled)
For the Soy-Ginger Sweet Potatoes
1 large sweet potato
50ml Tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into even sized 1 inch cubes. Place in a small ovenproof dish or non stick baking tin.
Mix the sauce with the ginger and garlic and pour the mixture over the potatoes. Stir well so all the potatoes are coated. Then bake in the oven at Gas mark 4 for 30 minutes until tender.
For the Cayenne-Sesame Mayonnaise
Whilst the sweet potatoes are baking, make the flavoured mayonnaise.
4 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
Mix the mayonnaise with the sesame oil. Whisk in the lemon juice. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
Follow the packet instructions.
As soon as the soba noodles are cooked, drain. Drizzle with a little toasted sesame oil, then stir in the baked soy-ginger sweet potatoes, then generously drizzle over the cayenne-sesame mayonnaise. Serve immediately. Adapted from Vegetarian with a Vengeance.