It’s true that I like to cook, but sometimes I’d rather do something else. This is when I choose food that will cook by itself while I do something else.
Wanting more time for myself today, I chose to bake a sweet potato. Seeing this sweet potato, you will understand why Steve questioned me about its size at the store. Of course, I must have been right, you think, but, no, I was wrong. Did I buy it anyway? Yes, I did. Duh. I don’t like leftovers. We WILL HAVE LEFTOVER sweet potato for tomorrow.
Here is how simple it is to bake a delicious sweet potato. Wash it, remove any ugly-looking parts that offend you. Stab it a few times with a knife, so it won’t explode. (I’ve heard that it’s not fun to clean the oven after such an event.) Put it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and forget it for about 30 minutes, if it is a normal sized sweet potato. (I forgot this one for about 45 minutes.) Next, turn it over in the oven (optional) and add five or ten minutes until a sharp knife slides into it without resistance.
This one probably took an hour to bake, since it was so huge. I don’t know what I was thinking that day. I love sweet potatoes. Maybe I was hungry when we shopped. Maybe I just wanted to be sure I’d have enough for my voracious appetite. We had enough for two meals, at least.
After the sweet potato finished baking, I set it aside to be cut in half when the catfish was fried and the apple and pear prepared to serve.
Dip the catfish in gluten-free flour, although wheat flour works fine, and fry it in hot cooking oil. (I used olive oil for cooking – not the kind for salads and dipping.)
While the fish fries, peel the apple and the pear and slice them. Easy, fast, and dinner was served.