Sweet Potatoes in a Cayenne, Ginger and Groundnut Sauce

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of the World Food Cafe Vegetarian Bible by Chris and Carolyn Caldicott. In the holidays, I took it everywhere with me… to coffee shops, to my parents’ in law, to my mum’s… It’s a hefty book, but I managed to cram it in my oversize handbag 😉 I have many fond memories of Christmas 2013, and reading this book is way up there with the best of them!

World Food Cafe Vegetarian Bible

As soon as we returned home from our family visits, I couldn’t wait to try some recipes from the book, starting with the Sweet Potatoes in a Cayenne, Ginger and Groundnut Sauce. This is the authors’ all-time favourite West African dish, and one of the most popular dishes they served in the World Food Café.

I always adjust recipes to suit my family’s tastes (as I imagine all cooks do!), but I hardly needed to make any changes to this recipe.  I simply reduced the amount of oil from 3 TBSP to 1 TBSP, and cut the cayenne pepper from 1 tsp to 1/4 tsp so it wasn’t too spicy for Lil’ L. Once the dish was ready, I simply sprinkled additional cayenne pepper on the adult portions, to add a spicy kick.

World Food Cafe Vegetarian Bible - West African Sweet Potatoes

We absolutely loved this dish, including Lil’ L.  He even ate all the raw carrot and beetroot garnish!

Here’s how we made it…

I’m going to post a dedicated review of the World Food Cafe Vegetarian Bible next week, along with details of how you can win your own copy!

I’ll see you back here next week. Have a great weekend everyone! xx

11 thoughts on “Sweet Potatoes in a Cayenne, Ginger and Groundnut Sauce

  1. How wonderful does this look?! I used to make an African peanut-tomato soup which I loved and this is on the same vein. I bet it’s extra good with the fresh veggie garnish too.

    1. I’m sure my photo doesn’t do this dish justice. I’m really struggling with the light at the moment… it’s either too dark or too sunny!!!
      I love the sound of your African peanut-tomato soup. You must post the recipe one day! xx

  2. The spiced sauce sounds lovely with the pineapple juice, peanut butter, cayenne, ginger and groundnut. I like the fact the recipe provides measurements for UK and US. I haven’t heard of the cookbook, I hope I can win this! Will the cookbook giveaway be international? Wishing you a fabulous weekend! I’m so sorry for the delay, I’m back on track and I look forward to catching up your posts! x Rika

    1. Hi Rika! Unfortunately this giveaway is going to have to be UK only as it’s being sent out directly by the publisher. If you know anyone in the UK, perhaps you could have it sent to them if you’re the lucky winner? They could then forward it on to you. Another potential challenge is that the recipes are in oz/grams only. Whenever I post a recipe from the book, I’ll make sure I convert it into cups for my US/Canadian readers.
      p.s. I absolutely loved your post on the Gentle Gourmet Cafe! Definitely will be heading there on my next visit to Paris 🙂 xx

  3. I am so glad I found your blog – my 21 year old son is vegan and you have some wonderful recipes I plan to share with him. I can make cakes for him now using some of your recipes that look so good!! I’m not vegan so it can make it hard trying to get one’s head around all the options.


    1. Hi Jo! So lovely to hear from you! I’m really pleased to hear that my recipes are proving useful to you. If there are any particular recipes that you’d like ‘veganised’ please don’t hesitate to get in touch ♥

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