Hello dear readers, many greetings and salutations. It is I, Harles Montague. My mother has fallen ill: her medic has diagnosed her with viral bronchitis. The poor dear has been subsisting on soup alone. Considering that her limited taste buds only permit her to enjoy tomato soup, I decided to suggest that I blog for her, and that I help her make a different meal- Sweet Potato Cheese Fries. I would prefer a name that is slightly more proper, but sickness is no time for formality.
One large sweet potato should be enough for two people, however, two small ones will work for two people as well. Mother had a larger sweet potato, but since she needs the nutrients, I decided this would be acceptable for her dinner. (Our father is out to a dinner with our grandmother, but mother's sickness has forced her to dine alone.) The potato should be washed thoroughly and then cut in strips lengthwise (so they are quite long, tall, and skinny.) This is a tough task- but the strips can be thicker, and cut down once individual slices are made. The key to this is making french-fry like shapes, to your preference. Then, toss the potato pieces in a bit of oil to slightly coat. Salt and pepper to taste, and add cumin to taste as well- a delightful spice that adds a savory flavor to the sweet potato. Garlic is also a delicious flavoring on savory sweet potatoes. After the pieces were tossed in their seasoning, I had mother put them on a tray, slightly sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking. They cook for 10 minutes on 425 degrees. Remove, then flip the potato pieces, and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove and flip again, and cook for 4-6 minutes until done. Then, sprinkle cheese over the fries. We enjoy mozzarella with a few bits of cheddar. To snazz up the recipe, sprinkle on some diced onions. Mother used red onion, but the recipe is best with scallions. They go in the oven for just a minute or less to melt the cheese. Then- you are done! Enjoy your simple, nutritious, and delicious side dish or meal.
Sophie Darling, don't you know that onions are not good for us pugs? However, I applaud your efforts to enjoy sweet potatoes, a healthy alternative to starchy potatoes!
I must admit I felt quite bad for Mother, which influenced my helping her. I felt bad because she witnessed something barbaric and horrible today. While I love my pug sisters... they can be juvenile and disgusting. Case in point- Sophie Sophie tends to eat so fast that she involuntarily purges. She does not get more food after tossing her dinner, causing me to think that she is not as wise as she looks. Today was no exception: she lost her dinner within moments of eating. That is where Dixie Cuddelbugg comes in.
While Mother was fetching paper towels in the kitchen, which took two to three seconds, Sophie and I followed her. Dixie Cuddlebugg did not. In those two to three seconds, Dixie ate the vomit. Gone. There was no trace of the regurgitation except Dixie by herself, licking her lips happily.
I do not understand these two. Their sophistication levels are quite low. I long to speak with Salinger and Murphy to hear their thoughts about their beloveds' mannerisms, and what we can do to improve their ghastly behaviors. Good grief! Thank goodness they don't eat feces and regurgitations all the time. I do love them after all!