Miso roasted sweet potatoes are simply baked in the oven and brushed with a mixture of miso paste, water and sesame oil and caramelized under the broiler.
As a naturally curious person, one thing that is really important to me is to feel like I’m always learning. Since I graduated university and have stopped being in a school environment where learning is literally your job, I’ve had to take this into my own hands. While there definitely a few things I don’t miss about school, I really do miss learning all that fascinating/random/bizarre content that you learn knowing that you’ll likely never use it again. (Like that ‘history of jazz’ class I took during my senior year).
I feel like developing recipes and running a blog means that you are always learning. On the food side of things, I’m learning new cooking techniques, flavour pairings and reactions. Like this recipe, sweet potatoes and miso are a classic flavour pairing, as is sesame and miso paste, but when you combine all of them together, the sweetness of the sweet potatoes with the salty-savoury flavour of miso paste pairs perfectly with the bitter notes of toasted sesame oil. I also added a little cayenne for a tiny bit of a kick.
Finish off with some green onions for a bit of texture and fresh flavour and you are all set with a side dish that hits every single note. A side dish that is worthy of a unique Thanksgiving dinner spread.
On the blog side of things, the learning also never stops–learning how to grow your traffic and social media, the algorithms keep you on your toes because they change constantly. I always joke that while having a website can feel like a second full-time job that can drive me crazy at times, it’s also what keeps me sane (and I love it).
If anything, the hardest thing is that I want to spend even more time on this space. I want to spend more time learning and being immersed in the food blog world, but as I’m sure you know all too well, there are a finite number of hours in a day. I find that I’m at my best in the morning, so maybe it’s about reclaiming those morning hours and dedicating them to my blog again.
My biggest challenge at the moment is sitting down and focusing on one task at a time. There are pins to schedule on Pinterest, tweets to answer, Instagram stories to post, recipes to test and photograph. There is so much to do on a daily basis that I find I’m falling behind on the actual writing side of the blog, and sitting down to write a blog post after being awake for 15-hours isn’t really working for me right now.
But you know what we do with things that aren’t working? We take a closer look and see how we can make changes to make it better.
Let me know if you give these miso roasted sweet potatoes a try in the comments below.