Left photo: Steak cut sweet potato fries | Right photo: Spicy sweet potato wedges
Credit: Left: dollen on flickr | Right: kae71463 on flickr (both photos are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

As a big fan of Jamie Oliver's recipes, I decided to check out his YouTube channel aptly named Food Tube. 

Since I enjoy watching men cook (or clean), I had to watch whatever Tim Shieff[1] was creating. Mr. Shieff is an athlete, world champion freerunner, and vegan. 

Wondering what a freerunner is? I did too.

A freerunner is like a street acrobat who uses the environment as an obstacle course, similar to parkour. Freerunning is the "fluid" expression of oneself in the world without limitations of movement. Too bad I have a bad knee - ha.

When I saw how easy Shieff's sweet potato wedges were to make, I knew I had to try them. What's more, I was tickled to find out that a good quality apple slicer makes it even easier to prepare them.

Up next, enjoy watching Tim 'Livewire' Shieff cooking and his acrobatic stunts in the kitchen.

Roast Sweet Potato Wedges

Presented by Tim 'Livewire' Shieff

How to Choose the Best Sweet Potatoes

China is by far the leading producer of sweet potatoes in the world. However, I wouldn't advise purchasing sweet potatoes from there given the lack of radiation testing by both the FDA and CFIA since 2012.

In the U.S., sweet potatoes are usually cured by allowing the roots to dry before storing them at 85 - 90 degrees F (29 - 32 C) at 90 - 95% humidity for 5 to 14 days. This allows the periderm of the roots to heal which helps retain flavour, nutritional value, and longer storage times. These sweet potatoes will keep for at least a year.[4]

The best tasting sweet potatoes tend to be a uniform orange colour and not too large. Plus if they are too large, I can't use the apple slicer on them. Up next is a quick overview (only 25 seconds).

Roast Sweet Potato Wedges

Serves: 4 | Prep: 10 mins | Total: 45 mins

Other cooks[2] (including myself) recommend using a high quality extra virgin olive oil instead of flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil oxidizes quickly and decomposes at high temperatures. It's best used on food after cooking.[3]

Ingredients:

4 sweet potatoes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (about 1 tbsp. per potato)
1 tsp. (heaped) of paprika OR ground cumin
Optional: salt and pepper 
 
Directions:
 
Adjust oven racks if need be to ensure potato wedges will roast in the center and preheat to 392 F (200 C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or set out a roasting pan nearby.
 
Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Leave skins on or peel if desired. Slice lengthwise into wedges and/or use an apple slicer to cut them quickly and evenly.
 
Toss the wedges with oil and spice directly in a roasting pan (like Tim Shieff did) or add everything to a large bowl with a lid (or plastic wrap) and shake it about until everything is coated. Lay the wedges out in a single layer on your parchment paper-lined cookie sheet or roasting pan.
 
Bake for 25 - 35 mins or until golden brown. Test the thickest piece by poking with a fork (or eating it). Serve with ketchup, salsa, or any other dipping sauce you desire.

Rosle Apple Cutter

Slices like a knife through butter

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The Rosle Apple Cutter

is made of 18/10 stainless steel

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If you are going to purchase an apple cutter, be sure to get one that doesn't have plastic handles which will snap. Rosle utensils are commercial grade quality. The reason I recommend this apple cutter is the blades are sharp - and more importantly, they remain that way. Amazon shows a video of this apple cutter in action. This product is dishwasher-safe.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Muffins with Glaze

Muffins
Credit: Jeremy Keith on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Muffins Recipe

Makes: 12 | Prep: 15 mins | Total: 30 - 35 mins

I was inspired to create this recipe from one by Christine Johnson in Taste of Home[5] magazine. I cut back on the oil and sugar and used butter and maple syrup. Also, the original recipe required self-rising flour (which I don't have) so my recipe requires baking powder and salt. Sometimes I add pecans or walnuts for variety.

This is a great way to use up a cup of mashed sweet potatoes - just be sure that there's no butter or milk added to them. You only want to use sweet potatoes in this recipe.

Sweet potato muffinsCredit: Karen (karensandler on flickr) / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 GenericIngredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour (OR 1 cup gluten-free flour + 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum)
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt*
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (cold or room temperature)
2/3 cup maple syrup (Grade A or B Light)
1/3 cup salted* butter at room temperature (if using unsalted butter, add two pinches more salt)
1 egg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Optional: 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/3 cup pecan or walnut halves
 
Glaze:
 
1/2 cup icing sugar (aka confectioner's sugar)
1 - 1.5 tbsp. unsweetened evaporated 2% milk (or whole milk)
1 tsp. butter (melted)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. cinnamon 
 
Directions:
 
Ensure your oven racks are adjusted so that your muffins will bake in the center and preheat to 375 F (190 C). Prepare muffin tray by either adding cupcake liners or greasing it lightly.
 
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: gluten-free flour, xanthan gum (omit if using regular flour), baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and optional nutmeg. 
 
In a medium bowl, whisk egg and then add mashed sweet potatoes, maple syrup, and butter. Mix thoroughly and then add to dry ingredients. Stir everything until "just combined" and fold in optional pecan or walnut halves, if desired. Or, you can sprinkle nuts on top after portioning batter into muffin tray.
 
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool 5 minutes while you make the glaze. 
 
In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over muffins just before serving.