Dave and I have just returned from Southern Italy where we took an unscheduled holiday. Even though the trip was well planned, we do not normally go away at this time of the year. In January, the night before I left for Johannesburg, Dave asked me if I wanted to go away in September. I told him that it was too close to our return from Italy in June and so we chose to look for something in October. Dave has always wanted to go to the South of Italy, and as we were fulfilling my wish of seeing Venice in May I could not say no. As is our habit, we end the day off with a drink in a local bar. After our trip to Venice Dave decided he loves Prosecco and so each night we headed into the old city of Tropea to have a glass each. In Southern Italy our drinks came with snacks – the cost was €2 more than in Venice but there we only got served the alcohol. The snacks were very substantial and I have used that as my inspiration for the sundowner snacks I am entering into the Simple Snacking Challenge being hosted by Two Oceans Wines.
The first component needs no cooking and therefore no recipe. The region we were in has the largest olive groves I have ever seen and one plantation was bigger than any local olive farm. Each night we were served a bowl of green olives, picked off the local trees and cured. They were served plain and simple and were perfect with the dry Prosecco. Together with the olives I made roasted chickpeas which are better than any plain nut you could have placed onto the platter. I then made some mini pizzas served exactly as we had them in Tropea, plain pizza dough topped with pizza sauce. Last, but not least, I served my wine with a slate full of sweet potato crisps. These were so tasty that I made a second batch straight away and I have put them away to save for another day.
Sweet Potato Crisps
- 1 sweet potato
- 5 mls dried thyme
- 5 mls dried parsley
- 5 mls salt flakes
- Freshly ground black pepper to season
- Slice your sweet potato as thinly as possible
- Mix the thyme, parsley and salt together
- Lightly crush and then add a generous amount of black pepper
- Place the sweet potato slices onto a microwave chip maker
- Dust with some of the seasoning
- Microwave for 4 minutes
For this challenge we were given a budget of R100 to spend to make our snacks. Without costing the seasonings I used I spent R52.88. As I side note, if I had served the second batch of crisps my cost would have increased to R56.30. It shows you how easy it is to make cheap snacks.
What I blogged:
- one year ago – Apple Pie
- two years ago – Tortiglioni Alla Norcina | Pasta With Sausages And Cream
- three years ago – Carrot and Potato Mash