I’m really, really bad at procrastinating.
Actually, that’s not true– I’m really good at it. I’ll find that right when I’m about to sit down to work on a paper, I’ll have to clean, or catch up on emails I’ve been neglecting, or make a cup of tea, or my ultimate time-killer, putter around in the kitchen. This “skill” is at its worst when I’m stressed out, like right now. I have an entire book I’m supposed to read for tomorrow, a 25 page group paper on Sino-African development due in about a week, and a 25 pager on education projects in Tanzania due in two weeks. So of course, I’m sitting here writing about cooking, cooking that I did when I really should have been papering. In my defense, though, I did have all of these gorgeous fuyu persimmons and a ton of potatoes that I had to use before I head back up to New England for Thanksgiving. If I hadn’t made this, they would have gone to waste (did I mention I can also rationalize anything under the sun?)! You’re getting two super easy recipes today, and lots of pretty pictures because the lighting on Sunday morning was really exceptional.
Recipe #1: Baked Potato Crisps
Maldon Sea Salt
Pre-heat oven to 325F. Thinly slice your potatoes– aim for nothing larger than the edge of a dime. Any kind and size are fine, as long as the size of your slices is relatively even. Dump slices into a bowl, toss lightly with olive oil and Maldon sea salt. Lay out individually on a baking sheet (I covered mine with tin foil for easier cleanup). Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly, and enjoy!
Recipe #2: Fuyus with Cinnamon
ripe fuyu persimmons
Preheat oven to 350F. Thinly slice your fuyu.
My knife was terrible so mine ended up being about two dimes thick, but you can go thinner if you’d like a crispier texture (almost like a fuyu crisp). Mine were gummy but had a good caramel taste from being in the oven. Note that you’ll need to keep an eye on them to adjust for cooking time. Arrange on a baking sheet covered with tinfoil and sprinkle with cinnamon (you could also add some extra brown sugar on the top if you wish).
Bake until the edges start to curl up. Enjoy served warm by themselves or with vanilla ice cream, or slice into a bowl of oats with brown sugar, crushed almonds and a dash of cream. These would also be fantastic sliced into a spinach salad with walnuts, goat cheese, slivered red onion and a mildly fruity vinaigrette (like raspberry).