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It doesn’t make much sense to me when people are told not play with food. I mean, if what we food bloggers are doing isn’t considered “playing with food”, then what exactly are we doing? I mean, I’m turning 20 this year, and I still make noises (when no one’s looking or listening) when I’m trying to swallow a spoonful of mystery glop.

The point is not that I’m extremely childish (although that may be the case), or that I’m actually a nutcase that can only be fed liquids (which is not so much, but also possibly, the case). The point is, playing with food actually makes the food more enjoyable, regardless of age. Kids love eating those mashed peas and beef when it comes zooming at them and “crash lands” in their teethless mouths. Adults would probably love a chocolate-sculpted airplane that could fly into their mouths and save them the effort of reaching into the chocolate jar.

Which, sort of, leads me to these sweet potato boats I made one day.

It’s amazing how few savory yam recipes exist out there. Thus, this is mostly my invention. It’s amazingly simple and is good enough when you need something simple and fairly healthy.

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Sorry about the long hiatus everyone! It was unannounced (and sort of unexpected). The truth is I’ve been busy looking for summer jobs and such. But besides that, I was cooking until my mom practically asked me to stop. (lol!)

She didn’t actually ask me to stop, but she has shown that she doesn’t really like my foods. She’s  a person who overwhelmingly prefers Chinese food, which is my dad’s specialty, so I’ve been going to the basics (which I never actually did) and was working on sharpening my knife skills (excuse the pun) and other basic kitchen skills.

I was feeling good about myself until I nearly cut off a nail with a meat cleaver some time ago and have been a bit apprehensive about picking up a knife again. But I persevered, and will probably be doing a dump of photos and recipes soon since my mom’s left to visit relatives.

Thanks for the comments that were left during the hiatus! I’m working on making it up to you all!

But meanwhile, anyone else want to share their scary kitchen experiences? I remember once how a boiling kettle of water (somehow) caught on fire in our kitchen. As shocking and frightening as it was, it looked pretty cool…

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