sweet potato power salad

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strangers as friends

Yesterday, I flew from London to home in Orlando, Florida. I’m here for a bit of work and play. Firstly, I have to sort out a few business related things #paperwork. Secondly, I have to clear out my room because I am officially completely moved out of my parents’. Tomorrow is when I embark on cleaning out my room and I know it’s going to be full of so many memories. I probably won’t be able to cope.

On the flight over I sat close to an older man. I could see his computer screen in the distant, which included elaborate charts and graphs. I didn’t really understand them and should be snooping either. I’m a bit restless on long-haul flights and need to walk around every so often. As everyone around me snoozed, he was working {as was I}. Our eyes met a few times and soon I struck up a conversation.

{sweet potato power salad} via chevrons & éclair
{sweet potato power salad} via chevrons & éclair {sweet potato power salad} via chevrons & éclair

a piece of me…

He was a maths professor teaching at Imperial. He was visiting his 94 year old cousin in Atlanta and was going down to Ft. Meyers a few days later to visit his niece. He doesn’t have siblings nor a wife, so this was his closest family. He was excited to get out of London for a bit, but already had too many obligations at home to keep him completely emancipated during the holiday. I think he was left handed {as am I}.

We ended up talking for the last fourth of the flight. I told him how I was visiting my parents and brother, meeting the new family kitty. Shared my passions in history, travel and fashion. We gossiped about one of the air hostess who was shamelessly flirting with a married passenger as we nibbled on some cheese and sipped on orange juice.

On the ride home with my brother, he asked if I sat close to anyone interesting. I enthusiastically told him about my conversations, but realized I never knew his name. Looking back, I {always a chatty cathy} usually develop a bond with my travel neighbor, I become so engulfed and know so much about their life—except the essentials. It’s like I confide with a stranger, open up about things my closest friends may not necessarily know and then we say goodbye and a piece of me will remain with them forever…

{sweet potato power salad} via chevrons & éclair
{sweet potato power salad} via chevrons & éclair {sweet potato power salad} via chevrons & éclair

this recipe

Nothing to do with the narrative above. It’s just something I’ve been thinking about over and over again. Sweet potato and beetroot combination is something that is fit for autumn, but my days recently have been long and a bit nebulous. I won’t know if I’m coming home at 8pm or 12am and am looking for ways to keep myself healthy and sustained. It’s that perfect combination of sweet and salty, nutty and earthy. And don’t throw away the beetroot stems, just sauté them with lemon and rosemary. PS – I also added some sunflower seeds to the mix because I needed to do a bit of pantry tidying.

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  • Trang Do

    This looks delicious! I love sweet potato so much!

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  • This looks so colourful! Might try this recipe on the weekend.


  • That salad looks absolutely delicious. I LOVE sweet potato.

    I loved reading about your travel neighbor. What a fun adventure – to meet someone in that way!

  • Simi Atanda Lindgren
  • That salad looks delicious and my husband is the loquacious one. I prefer to sleep and not socialize and he’s over there talking to some person who they later find out have three friends in common. Always makes for a good story and a way to pass time 😉

    • HAHA! That sounds exactly like my mom and dad. My mom literally passes out before the flight even takes off and my dad networks the heck out of the entire flight 🙂

  • Paige Allison

    I’m also a chatty Cathy and usually share some dark secret with a stranger I know I’ll never see again! That’s the fun in traveling. This looks amazing – except I don’t like beets. I know! It’s the only veggie I’ve ever found that I don’t care for… They’re so pretty! They’re so good for me! But nope. Everything else in this salad is perfect, though.

  • Lindsay Katherine

    haha I second what Paige said – I think I get that from my Gram – it’s in my DNA. Um also, wow, this salad – it’s going on my weekend list!! yummmm. And unlike Paige, I love beets. I also use beet juice for natural food coloring.

    • OH!!! How do you use the beet juice? Does it make stuff taste a bit like beet though? Or is it just a few drops?

  • Sarah

    This salad is beautiful and so are the photographs! I loved watching the snapchats of you putting it all together. So inspiring <3

  • Nice salad! Definitely delicious!

    Daniel x

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  • Wow this salad looks so scrumptious!! I’m definitely not a salad girl by any means but this looks so good!!

    Would love if you checked out my site too if you have the time xx

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    • Oh, trust me, I’m not a salad fan either! It’s why I cut things a bit more chunky so I feel like I’m having a normal meal haha. x

  • Raina Elegado

    This looks SO good! I recently tried sweet potato in my salad and fell in love! I’ll definitely have to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    xo Raina

    • Isn’t it amazing? I usually can’t get full from a salad, or rather, don’t feel satisfied. Sweet potato rectified that. 🙂

  • Michèle

    oh wow. this looks so so good


  • The Sunday Mode

    Mouth watering pictures! I’ll b e adding this to my list of recipes to try.
    Sounds like your long haul flights are much more chatty than mine. I must admit I don’t really tend to strike up many conversations with strangers on planes, I tend to read, do crosswords, catch up on movies then try to sleep 🙂


    • So happy to hear that! Hahahaha, yes my long haul flights… I literally pray for a chatty neighbor. I get so restless

  • Yum Yum! I need to try this recipe this week!


  • Molly Hogan

    YUM! This salad looks amazing 🙂




  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    What a fun story! I love when I find interesting people to chat with on my flights. And this salad looks so good. Sweet potatoes are like my food love language I swear. I had sweet mashed potatoes earlier this week and they were divine!

  • What a wonderful plane ride! And that salad looks delicious! We always sauté the leaves too! They are so healthy! Beautiful photography as always!