Yaki-imo and Minimalism [RECIPE]
Good Morning Everyone!
How are you today? Are you having a great weekend? Around here I have been a busy bee. But I want to share with you a little passion of mine that I’ve been working on for the past several months: minimalism. If you Google minimalism, you’d find a whole slew of pages upon pages of people who are doing minimalist their own way. To me, minimalism takes downsizing to a whole new level. Whether you are a Marie Kondo fan, or The Minimalists fan, both have merits and lots of things to learn from, but in the end… you still have to find what works best for you. And that, my dear friends, is what I’ve been doing.
Many times there is elegance in simplicity. Just yesterday I headed into our local Target to get some Spring/Summer clothes for my little one. Right there in front of the store, (strategically placed no doubt), was the dollar bin section. Now normally I’m a sucker who meanders through just to see what they have on the shelf. But for once, I had no urge to walk through. My husband jokingly placed his hand to my forehead and said, “Are you ill? I’m shocked that you don’t want to check it out!”. And then we laughed. “I don’t need a bunch of tchotchkes that will simply collect dust” I said and left it at that.
Months ago I began really downsizing items in our home. It began by completing the “30 Day Challenge”. Have you ever heard of that before? Basically you get rid of the number of items corresponding to the day on the calendar. So day 1 = 1 item, day 2 = 2 items, etc. By the end of the month you end up getting rid of 430 items! Now that number may seem like a lot, but it really opened my eyes as to how much stuff we can acquire without really noticing! Yes, I ended up getting rid of that many items… and more! After downsizing, then I began moving room to room, closet to closet, and finding ways to make things more organized. No longer were we going to stick a bunch of stuff under the kitchen sink. No. I re-purposed an old tub to become a organizer with dividers. Now all of our cleaning supplies fits in one little caddy. Pull it out, take what you need, and put it back inside.
Now all of that information is great, but here is the heart of minimalism. When you create an environment that is only what you need… you feel a sense of peace. It actually reduces anxiety and stress because you never have to worry about losing anything. There is a sense of contentment in knowing you can clean up easily, you can look around and know where everything is, and the things you do have are the things you truly treasure. That is what minimalism is all about! 🙂
Likewise, this recipe too is all about simplicity.
Yaki-imo is a Japanese recipe for baked sweet potatoes. These Japanese sweet potatoes are like nothing I’ve ever tried before. Imagine this: you bake a potato in the oven as you have many times before, only this time the potato is purple. Okay, no big deal. You stick it in the oven, let it bake for an hour, and then you’re done. As you pull it out the skin is nice and crispy. You expect to crack it open and find that starchy, crumbly texture of a russet potato, only… you don’t. Instead, you crack open the potato and the most glorious scent hits your nose. Inside the potato is the consistency of mashed potatoes! And to top it off, it tastes just sweet enough that you can sit down and eat it with a spoon! No salt, butter, sour cream, etc. required. Just you and a potato. I know it sounds crazy, but trust me on this one. I found these Japanese sweet potatoes at my local Asian market but I’ve heard that Lassens Natural Food stores and Whole Foods also carries them. So poke around your local natural food store and see if you can pick these up! I promise you it’s worth baking. Have a beautiful day everyone, and as always, keep on cooking! ❤
- 3 Japanese sweet potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F)/ 180 degrees C.
- Wash the potatoes well and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place the potatoes directly on the rack and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Eat and enjoy!