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In Season: Sweet potatoes

Cityline | posted Sunday, Mar 2nd, 2014

In an online feature from our friends at Cityline.caIn Season, they highlight seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

What they are, the different varieties, their health properties, and how to incorporate them into your cooking.


What: These tubers, with their reddish-brown skin and orange flesh, have more in common with the morning glory flower than they do with your average spud. They’re also commonly confused with yams, although the yam and the sweet potato are also two distinct species. Whatever botanical family they’re classified in, we know we love these sweet-tasting roots!

Varieties: Sweet potatoes are grown in many parts of the world, and both their skin and flesh colour can vary greatly. In North America, we’re most familiar with the brown-skin, orange-flesh variety.

Health properties: Sweet potatoes have a few nutritional advantages over white potatoes — the main one being that they’re a great source of beta-carotene. They’re also rich in complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre.

Plays well with: Sage, onions, maple, other root vegetables, carrots, pecans, black beans, cranberries, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, coconut.

Simple ways to use: The sweet potato can be treated much the same way as white potato — baked, roasted, fried, mashed (you get the idea). You’ve no doubt seen sweet potato as a side dish at Thanksgiving, often sweetened further with brown sugar and/or marshmallows. But we think the tuber has enough natural sweetness on its own. We’re looking forward to subbing it in for carrots in our baked goods — we’ve been told sweet potato muffins, breads and cakes are vastly superior to those made with carrots. Sounds like a challenge to us!

Storage: Store in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 3-4 weeks.

Get cooking with sweet potatoes!

Sweet potato French toast

Roasted garlic and sweet potato clafoutis

Spiced quinoa, sweet potato, broccoli and cranberry salad

Mexi meatless shepherd’s pie

Roasted sweet potato soup with orange and ginger

Coconut curry with sweet potatoes, chickpeas and spinach

Chicken teriyaki with kale and sweet potatoes

Sweet potato salmon cakes with yogurt dill dressing

Triple-threat superfood burger with sweet potato, walnuts and kale

Curried chicken thighs with sweet potato fries

With files from Suzanne Ellis, Cityline.ca

Week of March 3, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 2nd, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

It’s Vegas, baby!  We’re off to the entertainment capital of the world to celebrate Kevin’s 50th birthday.

On Monday, we’re live from The Strip where Kevin will be playing a little blackjack with Ray Romano. Plus, Entertainment City is in Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes stops by the studio Wednesday.

And to end things off on Friday, our Winston Sih will have the latest tech gadgets for travel–just in time for March Break!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Social Stream: Kevin Frankish’s 50th in Las Vegas

Winston Sih | posted Sunday, Mar 2nd, 2014

It’s Vegas, baby! We’re off to the entertainment capital of the world to celebrate Kevin Frankish’s 50th birthday.

Monday through Wednesday, we’ll be live from The Strip and surrounding attractions where Kevin and Jenn will be living it up Vegas style!

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram postings using the hashtag #BTvegas, as well as in the social stream below.

Click here to watch our previous #BTvegas Live Eye segments.

Latest video blog:

Click here to watch all of Kevin’s video blogs.

Rob Ford gets celebrity treatment in Los Angeles

CityNews | posted Sunday, Mar 2nd, 2014

Toronto’s controversial mayor is getting the celebrity treatment on a surprise trip to Los Angeles.

Rob Ford touched down in Tinseltown on Saturday and was greeted by late-night talk show jokester Jimmy Kimmel, who wore a chauffeur’s cap and held a sign reading “FORD.”

The mayor told reporters he’d “love to” to attend the Oscars on Sunday, and will also appear on Kimmel’s show — which has repeatedly ribbed the headline-grabbing Ford — Monday night.

When asked if he was taking Ford as his Oscar guest, a chuckling Kimmel replied “absolutely, wherever he wants to go.”

Ford says that after many requests he finally agreed to be a guest on Kimmel’s show because the host personally asked him.

Passersby snapped photos while Ford and Kimmel bantered as they made their way through the airport.

“I’m happy to have you here,” Kimmel told Ford.

“Thank you, thank you. We’re going to have a good time,” replied the mayor.

An upbeat Ford played along with Kimmel’s gag, slipping him a tip before hopping in a waiting vehicle.

Ford, who is running for re-election, rocketed to the attention of the international media after his bombshell revelation last year that he smoked crack while in office — an admission seized upon by wise-cracking late-night hosts in the U.S.

And in yet another sign he’s become the rare Canadian politician with name recognition stateside, a larger-than-life replica of Ford smoking a crack pipe was featured front and centre Friday in a Mardi Gras parade float sending up Canadian celebrities.

Twitter lit up on news of Ford’s L.A. trip.

“@TOMayorFord pls stay there,” one user quipped.

“THEY’RE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT YOU,” another posted.

With files from The Canadian Press

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