Sweet Potato Corn Cakes

These tasty little patties I read about on the blog, BESTFOODBOOK. But, as usual, I changed up some of the ingredients to put my own spin on it.


  • 2 good size sweet potatoes (I tried white sweet potatoes just for kicks. Didn’t taste much different.)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 3 green onions
  • A handful of chopped cilantro (plus a little extra for the dip!)
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup olive/vegetable oil (for frying)
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper and other seasonings (I used an Italian mix)

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 garlic powder
  • A generous pinch of cilantro (finely chopped)
  • Dashes of salt and pepper


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Cook the sweet potato and scoop out the mash into a bowl. I just put them into a microwave one at a time for 5-6 minutes. Poke multiple holes into the potato with a fork before cooking. p.s I did not try and cut it into a heart. It honestly just happened 😛

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Add all of the seasonings, cilantro, green onions and corn. Take a wooden spoon and mix. Next add the cornmeal, breadcrumbs and egg. Mix. Note: whisk the egg in a separate bowl first. It’ll make things easier. I also ended up using my hands to assure it all combined well. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes so that the breadcrumbs can absorb the moisture. This helps the patty stay together.

While that’s sitting, you can make the sauce. You make as much as you would like, since you simply put all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir. You can taste it as you go, and add anything necessary.

After a half hour has gone by, heat up a pan of oil and start making your patties! I just grabbed it by the handful, and shaped it into the form of a patty.

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Depending on how much you put in for the first round, you may need to add more oil to the pan as you make more cakes. The oil helps it brown.

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Top it off with the garlic sauce and enjoy!

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Yield: 8 cakes

I kept them refrigerated for 4 days. Probably last a week if they aren’t eaten beforehand.

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

I have been wanting to make gnocchi from scratch for a while now. It’s never really been something I would go out and purchase (mainly due to price), but I do enjoy it. This one was fun to make, and only required a few things. Best part, it was delicious. I like to cook simply and typically make many substitutions that suit what I have in my pantry. I don’t have the budget for a ton of different ingredients, but still like to try out new recipes and of course make them tasty.

NOTE:  I am an extreme amateur, and intend to show honesty. That said, please don’t judge the quality of my iphone photos and/or appearance. My food is actually really yummy and I’m working on improving presentation 😉

For the gnocchi dough:

2 medium potatoes (I peeled and mashed red)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 egg

Roughly 2-3 cups flour

Spices: dashes of Salt, pepper, oregano, cayenne, and fresh rosemary (picked from our community garden!)


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After boiling and mashing the potatoes, mix in the garlic, egg and spices. Note: I do not have any fancy mixing equipment. A wooden spoon and arm muscle was good enough!

You then need to make it into a dough by adding flour. I put in about a 1/4 cup at a time. Eventually, I just kneaded it with handfuls of flour as necessary. Basically, if it is still sticky, add flour.

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Once you have your dough ball, pull a part chunks to roll into long round strips that are about 2 cm thick.

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Cut the log every 1/2″ or so to make the gnocchi bits.

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Press down with fork to get the grooves.

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Drop pieces into a pot of bowling water for about 5 mins. Keep your eye on them. Don’t want them to stick together or be over-cooked.

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I then placed them in pan to saute to a golden crisp.

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I finished it off with tomatoes and pesto. Enjoyed every bite, and will be making it again soon!

I based this recipe off of the original by Collecting Memories

Pros and Cons of Temping

While still in the midst of hunting for full time employment, I have been working with a recruiter who has provided me with a few temporary jobs to preoccupy my time, and to make a little cash on the side. For the most part, it has been fairly nice. Still have free time, and can gain a few bucks here and there. However, with some pros, there are always a few cons. I have developed a list of some perks and some not so great aspects about temp jobs.

I like to end things on a good note, so I will start with the Cons.


1. Stability. While there is a possibility, there is no guarantee that it’ll last. Sometimes companies only need someone to cover for the day. I worked a job that was originally planned for a week, but then I ended up there for almost 2 months. I was very pleased to continue, however it was difficult to plan ahead when they ask you back on a week by week basis. I had to wait until mid to late week to find out if I could make alternative plans for not only the next month, but the following week as well.

2. Lower pay and no benefits. They typically won’t pay as much as one who is actually hired. Even if you are performing similar tasks, it’s just not in their budget. And why would they if there is a market of unemployed workers willing to take almost anything at anytime. Especially us young-ins trying to fit into the real world.

3. May not learn much. Working on an assignment for a few days probably won’t be enough time to develop a concrete skill. Sure, it’ll help to practice and gain potential, but you’ll have to continue to build somewhere else. This goes hand in hand with credibility. So you learned to be a receptionist/admin assistant for a couple days, sweet. Too bad employers prefer a couple years of experience.

4. Probably won’t be a part of a long term project. If so, might not be able to see the end result. Whether a goal of the company or one of a third party, you’re likely not a huge player and/or won’t be present to acknowledge the impact. Not saying that being there is meaningless, I’m sure it’s all greatly appreciated, but it would be nice to do more and fully be a team player.  Sorry, I feel like this sounds kind of terrible, but it’s only human to want a sense of belonging, right?

5. Not necessarily enough time to develop relationships with co-workers. If you do end up bonding, you wonder how long they’ll last after your time in the office.

Now for the positives.


1. Flexible Schedule. Since you are not contracted to a set time frame, you have the liberty of choosing your hours. I am also an evening nanny, and I was able to come into the office earlier in order to leave earlier. I would also take afternoons off in order to schedule other interviews. In some cases, you decide when you want to start and when you’re done. When I worked in the city, getting to BART before the 5pm crowd was a fantastic decision.

2. Experience different companies, different industries and different office cultures. You can get a feel of which type of management styles you prefer as well as office layouts.

3. Similar to the previous, different positions. Even as a temp, you are able to take upon a few tasks that you may encounter in a career you’ve considered. In addition, observe someone else that holds a position you may be wanting to work towards. It’s great to get some first hand experience with something that holds your potential interest.

4. Network. You never know who you’re going to meet, and how they can impact your future. If you’re polite, it may not hurt to slip a bit about yourself here and there. Funny story/example. My last temp job I was meeting and chatting with a lady in the break room. We didn’t converse much, just describing that I’m the temp and what I have been up to and what not. The next day I found out that lady was not just another employee, but the Executive Director! I really hope I made an alright impression…although that job did come to a close, so I guess who knows. Either way, be on your toes and stay professional.

5. Short pay periods. I am on payroll with my recruiter agency, and since I may work a week or less, I get paid weekly. You don’t have to wait 2 weeks or so for a check. I can get quick easy direct deposits with in a week of working. Definitely comes in handy when you need it.

6. Lastly, a temp job could turn into a full time hire. I am still waiting for that to happen of course, but it is possible. Do your work efficiently and maintain working relationships, and you might just trick them into letting you stay.

Overall, I have liked it for the time being. Yet, I do want/need a more stable situation and source of income. As a pro and con, it is just temporary. It may not be exactly what you expected, but hey it’ll end soon! In turn, it could go very well, and you can grow from it or even apply to an opening in the future. I do enjoy the spontaneity about it.  Keeps things fresh and exciting.