Lay Low & Sweet Potato Home Fries

There has been a Friday morning donut disaster. A donut massacre, if you will. I had planned on posting a recipe for old fashioned donuts as inspired by Icelandic singer Sóley’s song I’ll Drown. However, due to issues with yeast quantity, rest time for the dough, and a cold home, which is not conducive to making donuts, my donuts lacked a certain deliciousness that I aimed for. But alas, I always have a backup.

Wednesday I saw the band Of Monsters and Men, whom I recently blogged about, perform in Philly. Ironically, I had a little run in with singer/ guitarist Ragnar and dream boat drummer Arnar on the street outside of a shoe store. It was not a good run in. I embarrassed myself so epically that I can only hope they have forgotten about it. I went to wave and say hi, but the sound I made resembled more of a choking noise than a person trying to communicate with them.

 My total awkward encounter aside, it was a great show. Of Monsters and Men are talented musicians who will surely take over the airwaves. But it was their opening act Lay Low who really got my attention. The audience couldn’t help but be intrigued as a petit girl wearing a poppy patterned dress and holding a worn guitar, made her way onto the stage. After she introduced herself as Lay Low, it was clear that she was more than just a girl with a guitar- that guitar was a weapon and the audience was left with their minds blown after her performance.


Photo by Páll Kjartansson from

Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, on stage known as Lay Low, is an Iceland native and is breaking waves with her  folk and blues sound. One thing that struck me was when she picked up a new guitar and said that she had just bought it on tour and is now totally broke, but incredibly happy. Her tone and stature had such a child-like charm as she bobbed her body around like waves when she played. After her performance, I knew I had to feature her on The Baker in the Rye.

 Her music, small stature, broken English, and all around charm were just too sweet to ignore. During her performance, I kept turning to my friends and saying, “She’s just so cute! She’s so talented and so adorable!”  I wanted to translate her sweetness into something edible for the blog, like these quick and easy sweet potato fries.

 Hopefully you give Lay Low a good listen and enjoy her music as much as I do. I found a music video from 2006 for her song Please Don’t Hate Me so have a listen!

Sweet Potato Home Fries

Ingredients and Tools:

1 Large sweet potato (about 2 cups, cubed)

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 Teaspoon salt

2 Quarts vegetable oil

Deep fryer

Paper Bag

Paper towel


  1. Heat your oil to 375 degrees fahrenheit in a deep fryer.
  2. Make your cooling station by laying a paper towel over on top of a flat paper bag. This will soak up any excess oil.
  3. Cube your sweet potatoes and once the oil is hot enough, add the potatoes to the seep fryer. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes until they are golden brown, crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside.
  4. Place the cooked potatoes onto the paper towel and sprinkle with the brown sugar and salt.

TIP: Don’t over crowd your deep fryer. Cook potatoes in two batches. Too many potatoes will lower the frying temperature, which makes a greasy potato. Yuck!

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2 Responses to Lay Low & Sweet Potato Home Fries

  1. Pat and Angel says:

    Great story, the sweet potato artwork is top frie!!!
    Thanks Baker

  2. Craig says:

    Not a fan of sweet potatoes, but great song. Thanks for sharing.

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