Installment number twenty-five of the WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge.
Third person post. Write about a memory you have but describe it using the third person. Use as many sensory images (sights, sounds, textures, etc) as you can. Don’t use “I” or “me” unless you include dialogue.
To be perfectly honest, Tori isn’t one hundred percent on board with this prompt, perhaps because she’s high on pain experiences and low on creativity points this week. However, she will meet it with her usual grace and charm — which is to say, that tinted by a small amount of subversion.
So there is this memory, of recently sharing a recipe, that comes with the desire to share another.
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes (or jewel or garnet yams)
2 cups cooked black beans (canned is fine)
1-2 jalapenos (or other green peppers — to taste)
1 tablespoon neutral-tasting oil
garlic, cumin, black pepper — to taste
When Tori makes this — see, still third person! — she remembers — technically following the prompt! — following this procedure:
- Dice the sweet potatoes fairly small, so they’re in chunks smaller than home fries but larger than hash browns.
- Oil saute pan and saute potatoes, covered, over medium heat until cooked. If Tori remembers correctly, this may take approximately 20-30 minutes.
- While waiting, she has plenty of time to finely dice the jalapenos, adding them to the pan shortly thereafter — and being careful to follow appropriate hand washing procedures. She also sometimes considers substituting green bell pepper, hot or mild green chile, or serrano peppers — but keeps coming back to jalapenos because they meet her particular heat and flavor preference.
- After the peppers are in, seasoning with garlic, cumin, and/or black pepper. Tori notes a couple of points: Generally speaking, the sweetness of the sweet potatoes may merit more offsetting spice than one might use with white potatoes. Additionally, the specific amounts and ratios used tend to vary according to the particular crop of jalapenos. However, a reasonable starting point might be 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper — always remembering it’s easier to add more than to take out.
- Once the potatoes are ready, she adds the beans and stirs to make sure everything is sort of evenly distributed.
- Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer another 10-15 minutes.
- Serve with warm tortillas and fixings — lettuce, cabbage, cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc. — to taste.