Winter citrus holds a kind of magic that is the antidote to dismal days. It doesn't take much, sometimes just a wheel of Meyer lemon floating in my Earl Grey is a fine pick-me-up. Blood oranges are my favorite of all the winter citrus. They tend to be extra-aromatic and their gorgeous ruddy peels hint at a deep crimson interior. Their flavor is more pungent than regular oranges and they tend to be less acidic. I'm prone to peel and eat one while standing over the sink (so juicy!) but lately I've been adding them to my morning smoothie. The flavor seems to give me an extra ounce of zip and I'm sure the vitamin C doesn't hurt, either.
But these posts! Forget the blogs, forget the cookbooks — just kidding, please do not do either — this is how people really eat, or aspire to at the ambitious start of their week, and I can’t help but take mental notes. One of the things that comes up frequently is something called a “sweet potato taco,” and it got stuck in my head because we like sweet potatoes, we like tacos… Maybe I should try my hand at them! I envisioned cubes of sweet potatoes roasted with so much spice, it almost forms a crust, and then something with black beans, and a bright, acidic finish to cut through the carb-starch-carbiness of it. The first time I made it, I threw them together and, because this is the year 2018, tossed a picture of our dinner onto Instagram Stories* and it turns out, a lot of people wanted the recipe. I promised to write it up good and proper one day, “one day” in Deb-ese is 5 weeks minimum, and that brings us up to today.