Foodreference.com tells us that on this day in 1999 Nicholas Vitalich was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend with a large tuna, outside a San Diego supermarket. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
I’ve done a Google search, but I can’t find out what Mister Vitalich’s girlfriend’s name is, or whether they got back together. Also, nobody seems to know anything about the tuna. I’m quite intrigued to know if it was alive, but I assume a frozen tuna is a more deadly weapon than a live, wriggly one?
Anyway, I don’t want to dwell too closely on tuna…
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips. Charles Dickens

As is pork, Mister Dickens, particularly pork neck steaks in pinotage and pear preserve and peppercorns. Which is what we had for dinner last night. With sweet potatoes cooked in rooibos tea, mashed with salt, pepper and butter.
Rooibos tea is grown in South Africa (Western Cape) is not really a tea; it is actually a species of legume! This infusion has significant health benefits, but its benefit to the sweet potato is extraordinary; the tea colours the vegetable beautifully and heightens the inherent ginger notes.
Ah, how I wish there were leftovers!


64 Comments Add yours

  1. nrhatch says:

    Perfect title for this prismatic gem of a post.

    En guarde! I have a tuna and I’m prepared to use it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha … go kick some bass …

  2. bluebee says:

    Sweet potatoes cooked in rooibos – very unusual and creative, Cin 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      The idea was given to me by my friend Chantelle, bluebee, it really is a winner.

  3. souldipper says:

    Rooibos Tea – one of my favorites. It’s better in South Africa than most brands I find here – even those brands that claim to be from S. Africa. Are there other veggies you would consider cooking in Rooibos tea? Or is that reserved for the honoured SP?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m going to be experimenting, Amy, watch this space 🙂

  4. sometimes leftovers r the best part. hugs

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re right, Doc 🙂

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    I swear, Cin, you have a hat-ful of subjects to draw on each day… and it is the luck of the draw what your day’s subject will be. Am I right? Nice one again!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not a hat, adee, an apron pocket 😉

  6. I love things that begin with P!
    –Preeva from Palo Alto
    -who drives a Prius

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL! I’m so happy when you visit 🙂

  7. slpmartin says:

    Love the photo…and comments on your post…you manage to engender the most interesting comments. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am truly blessed with my talented and interesting friends, Charlie.

  8. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    (That piece of pork resembles a smiley crocodile!)
    Of miskien is ek net nog half aan die slaap.Die man met die tuna klink soos Unhygenix the Fishmonger uit Asterix & Obelic. Thwackkkk!lol

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, slaan my met ‘n pap snoek ;p

  9. libraryscene says:

    Must try with sweet potatoes. I very much dig Rooibos… had a cup this morning before I hit the full lead ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      I drank gallons of it when I was pregnant, prefer coffee nowadays 🙂

  10. You remind me of the choral warm up at our school every Tuesday morning. p is very good for the lips…
    How about that sweet potato? So people actually water sweet potatoes with this stuff? What a delicacy they must be when they’re finished.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well I don’t know that they water the plants with it, but I boiled mine in it. Taste very good.

  11. Leeswammes says:

    I’ve only tried rooibos tea once. It’s not for me. I need tea with tannin, the proper stuff. But using it for cooking sounds very interesting. And I didn’t know it was a legume! How funny.

  12. Pretty plated pork. 🙂
    🙂 Mandy

  13. Tilly Bud says:

    Oooo, yum! My mouth is watering.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Plates up for Tilly 🙂

  14. sue chef says:

    I don’t like Rooibos but I will get some just to try the sweet spuds in it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m sure you’ll love it!

  15. Wow, your P’s meal sounds delicious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      To the last mouthful 🙂

  16. Tandy says:

    Perfect Post! It is Pouring here 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sunny here, warm enough to have my office doors open to the garden 😀

  17. Yvette says:

    Looks delcious and another lesson learnt! Rooibos Tea is new to me, entrigued to try it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Try to find some, Yvette, I’d love to know what you think!

  18. SuziCate says:

    Assault with a tuna…oh my! I’ll never look at fish the same way, I’ll always wonder if someone’s going to whack me with my food!!!!!!! And how did he hang onto that slippery thing?

    1. theonlycin says:

      One of life’s great mysteries, suzicate 😉

  19. nursemyra says:

    Charles Dickens forgot to add “priapism” to that list 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahahahaha Myra!

  20. Liane says:

    I love sweet potato and I love rooibos tea. I would never have thought to put them together though. Looks delicious! Cleverly written 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Lee, glad you like the combination 🙂

  21. Kathy Larson says:

    Your dinner sounds phenomenal — intrigued by the cooking of the sweet potato in tea. I usually just bake mine until they’re sort of caramelized, or chunk and roast them. I’ll have to look up this method of cooking them in rooibus tea. I’m not a big fan of the tea myself (probably the bastardized version we get of it here) but I have heard it is very good for your health. Have a great day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Kathy, sweet potato crisps are also very good 🙂

  22. Tes says:

    I tried Rooibos tea a few year ago from a friend house and it was exquisite 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s great to hear, Tes 🙂

  23. Janine says:

    Sweet potatoes cooked in rooibos? I never would have thought of that! Another original idea from the kitchen queen – will definitely give this a whirl over the weekend 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy it Janine 🙂 Cape Town is cold, you need warm, nourishing food.

  24. lifeinarecipe says:

    Your post shows food can be used in love and war! Rooibos and sweet potatoes..an interesting new idea for me to try..thanks!

    1. theonlycin says:

      This post astonished me with how many people know what rooibos is, Cindy.

  25. Weapons of bass destruction! What a hoot! (I’ve started off with this sentence not having yet read your post.) Hm. I read it. Assault with a deadly tuna. Very interesting. Apparently, he was innovative if not nice.

    The pork looks scrumptious. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Carol, if I made you smile I am very glad 🙂 xxx

  26. Linda says:

    Assaulted by a large Tuna, ick. That would be so gross. And it would quite hurt I would imagine.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I imagine it would be quite sore … and smelly?

  27. Sparky says:

    Enjoyed the post and comments. I guess there is no harm in trying with rooibos, love sweet potato mashed, wedges or whole. OB is fortunate to have a super mommy like you. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Sparky, she is a teenager now and not very nice ….

  28. Greg says:

    Pretty preposterous pastimes: Punting people per pescare.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Constipated goose ;p

  29. I do like the idea of cooking in Rooibos tea, what a clever idea. I think it’ make an awesome base for a rub/marinade too.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re spot on Cheffie, going to try it in a marinade!

  30. Jamie Dedes says:

    Oh! Tomorrow we try sweet potatoes in roobios. Will let you know! Sounds interesting.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh goodie, I look forward to hearing your findings.

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