I find Facebook and Social Media endlessly fascinating. It can quite happily fill one of my crazy Friday nights along with some red wine and Netflix. In the last 12 months or so I have often wondered if it is because I live in a small country town and it is Facebook obsessed as I can’t remember seeing so many people so heavily involved. But 3 years is a long time in the world of technology and I only really ever signed up to Facebook some 7 years ago as a platform for my cakes. So I am sure that I would be thinking the same thing regardless of where I lived.
It really is an incredible premise – a medium where we can glitz up the most mundane moments of our day, frame them in a way where everything looks fabulous and share with the world the amazing bits of our amazing lives. There is even a phenomenon now labelled ‘Facebook Envy’ and that just does my head in. People get so obsessed with their friend’s statuses and updates and the fact that other people’s lives are better than their own that they actually get sick. It is a modern day sickness. Go figure. I was almost going to say that is ridiculous but if I am completely honest with myself, I can be guilty of it myself.
Occasionally you will see a status pop up in your news feed of someone who appears to be living a perfectly glamorous life filled with picture perfect moments. As you stare at their update you realise with a sinking feeling that you have not brushed your hair for months, you don’t know what a pedicure is, your dogs are out of control and your kids are covered in chicken poo. For a moment you say to yourself, “oh my god I could never be that perfect.” But then you remind yourself again that Facebook is not real and you smile satisfied with the life that has chicken poo covered children it.
Hang on a minute, could you possibly get a photo of the kids covered in chicken-poo? A sort of anti-facebook perfection sort of shot to show how quirky and out there you are? I wonder how many likes my photo would get. The endless possibilities of Facebook!
Another amazing thing about Facebook and Social Media is you can usually type in anything to find the answer to so many questions. As anyone who reads my recipes on a regular basis would know I am someone who is driven by random cravings. They are usually cravings associated with comfort and indulgence and all sorts of heart-warming things. For some reason I could not get out of my head yesterday a Thai Peanut Satay Sauce. So I went to my friend Social Media and found endless recipes. I thought I might try a version to spice up some vegetables. And it was delicious. Definitely a keeper!
Baked Sweet Potato with Capsicum & Corn Salsa and a Peanut Satay Sauce
Peel and slice a small sweet potato. Place on baking tray with baking paper. Mist some olive oil to lightly coat and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes in 180 degree oven. Turn and bake for further 10 minutes until slightly crispy around the edges.
½ cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 garlic clove – minced
5 tablespoons water
Place all ingredients into vitamiser and blend. Add extra water if consistency too thick.
Capsicum and Corn Salsa
1 capsicum diced
1 cob of corn blanched for a few minutes in boiling water. Remove kernels.
Lime Juice – a splash!
Handful of coriander
Blend corn with capsicum, a splash of lime juice and coriander.
Overlap the Sweet Potato around the edges of the plate. Fill the centre with the salsa. Liberally drizzle the satay sauce over the top of the salsa and over the Sweet Potato. Garnish with extra coriander.