Culinary Appropriation #carrotranch #creativewriting

‘What’s that?’

‘Sweet potato fries?’

‘What’s wrong with chips?’

‘Nothing, Logan. Just different.’

‘When did sweet potatoes become a thing? When I was a kid there were just potatoes. Then someone adds sugar and you have these things. ‘

‘They weren’t invented, Logan. They originated in South America…’

‘So you say. But I bet you never had a sweet potato anything as a child.’

‘No, but…’

‘Just the common or garden spud.’

‘Yes, but…’

‘It’s the Americanisation of vegetables. Culinary appropriation…’

‘The potato came from America. We all learnt that, didn’t we?’

‘You’re a contrarian…’

‘Takes one to know one.’

A little Logan and Morgan for this week’s carrot ranch prompt

March 4, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes sweet potatoes. It can be part of a recipe, meal, or used as a nickname. Where do sweet potatoes take you? The grocery store? The garden? Mars? Go where the prompt leads!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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15 Responses to Culinary Appropriation #carrotranch #creativewriting

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely , those two are at it again, are they home yet?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. noelleg44 says:

    Sweet potato fries are just what you said, another American bastardization of a veggie. Potatoes, including sweet potatoes, originated in Central and South America although there is some evidence of sweet potatoes in Polynesia about 1000-1100 AD., I am a CHIPS fan. Don’t give me a fried sweet potato or yam!

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    I was in my thirties before I realized sweet potatoes did not necessarily have to be candied to be eaten.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charli Mills says:

    Sweet contrarians, these two!

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