Sunday, April 13, 2014

A - Z Blog Challenge: K

A-Z Blog Challenge: K

Kumera or Sweet Potato to those outside New Zealand is delicious in a variety of ways. Anything you can do with potatoes you can do with Kumeras. Mashed, roasted, cold as in a salad, or my personal favourite Sweet Spicy Kumera Wedges...

Rose's Sweet Spicy Kumera Wedges: ( portion: 5-6 wedges per person = 1 kumera each)


  • 6  large Kumeras
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon butter/margarine
  • pinch (enough to sprinkle) of Cinnamon, Chinese five spice, ground ginger
  • Optional drizzle of runny honey  
Method: Stage 1 - Easy-as Microwave Kumera Wedges  ( works for any root vegetable ) 
  • Scrub Kumera well, don't peel. Cut ends off then cut in half - Lengthways. Cut each half into wedges. 
  • Place wedges into a microwave container, add 1/3 cup of cold water, place in microwave and cook 6 minutes on high with lid on. Test with a fork - if fork goes through they are done if not cook for 60 seconds check with fork - repeat till just tender. Don't let them get Mushy or they will break up. 
Method: Stage 2 - Creating Rose's Sweet Spicy Wedges:
  • Preheat a fry pan to medium heat then add cooking spray 
  • Brown wedges on all sides - About 3 minutes 
  • In the last minute add a teaspoon of butter to the pan, toss the wedges quickly so each side gets a a few seconds extra browning in the butter - adds flavour and creates a surface for a spices to stick too.
  • Sprinkle spices over the hot wedges tossing to get an even coating. 
  • Serve in a large bowl so people can help themselves or dish out portions. 
  • Optional: while warm, just before serving, drizzle with runny honey - kids love this option!  

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