Sweet potato pie
My friend, Jessica, and I often discuss food at the Daily’s where I get my Diet Coke refills.
As she’s ringing me up, we discuss what we’re cooking for supper that night or a particular yearning for mussels in white wine sauce or the best way to grill a steak.
So I was slightly amused the other day when the topic turned to sweet potatoes and she said this: “Catherine, I probably shouldn’t say this but white people eat pumpkin pie and black people eat sweet potato pie.” As you might gather, she speaks from experience.
And I thought about it. And I came to the conclusion that black people are smarter than white people. First of all, if you have the option of cutting up a rock hard pie pumpkin or just baking a sweet potato and slipping off the skin, what would smart people do? Bake the sweet potato. And I looked up the relative nutritional merits of sweet potatoes versus pumpkins. Sweet potatoes win. They do have more calories, but you’re baking a pie for goodness sake so who cares?
So I went to the grocery store and got the ingredients for a sweet potato pie. I hate to break this to Jessica but I love sweet potato pie. Maybe I’m just an oddball but I think it has more complexity and depth than a pumpkin pie, although I like pumpkin pie just fine.
And I just had a slice. And I thought of Jessica. At the end of the day, we are very much alike.