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 four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. 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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