Local food and sweet potatoes

Local food and sweet potatoes

27 May 2011

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Some people think that Tamborine Mountain got its name from the Aboriginal word “tumbirin”. Tum meaning yam and Borine is a water place near a cliff.

Another source says it comes from “Tchambreen” meaning finger lime. I don’t mind either explanation as they are both foods that I love.

Sweet Potato Soufflé

“Sweet Potato Soufflé” has everything going for it. It is low fat, gluten free, highly nutritious, children will love it and only four main ingredients, but it is also posh enough to serve for a special dinner.


  • 1 kg Sweet potato
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 100 gm ricotta (or any grated cheese) ½ cup rice flour


Roast the sweet potato for 45 min at 180 degrees instead of boiling it. Roasting intensifies the flavour nicely.

Peel and mash the potato (you will end up with 500gm) with the egg yolks, flour and ricotta until very smooth.

Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, and gently fold into potato mixture.

Grease six small ramekins or one large with butter and pour in soufflé mixture.

It is an option to sprinkle some chopped Pecans and brown sugar on the top.

Bake at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes until golden and firm.

Things haven’t changed as yams or sweet potatoes still grow abundantly well on Tamborine mountain. How do you grow sweet potatoes? Well.. you don’t have to try, they grow by themselves and prolifically so! They would have to be the easiest vegetable I have grown, and our rich red soil, in sun for most of the day suits them perfectly.

Growing Sweet Potatoes

They are best grown by cuttings, take one about a foot long, remove the leaves except for the few at the tip and plant it horizontally, give it an occasional water to get it started and then forget about it. In no time it will have grown roots from nodes where the leaves were removed and started to spread, keep it contained otherwise it may take over the garden.

They are a perfect substitute to grow instead of regular potatoes as they have less diseases and require little fertilizer and water.

From Terri Taylor at Tamborine Cooking School:


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