1 or 2 sweet potatoes, enough for 2 servings; peel and cut in large chunks
1 tablespoon soda warm water to cover
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
a pinch of salt
a slice lemon, cut in small pieces
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon butter
Peel potatoes and cut in diagonal chunks. Sprinkle soda over them and pour warm water to cover. Let soak in solution 5 minutes. Drain in a colander.
In a saucepan combine water, sugar, salt, yams, and lemon. Boil, cover. Cook over medium heat 10 minutes, turn over the yams and cook uncovered 10 minutes longer. Add coconut and butter.
COOKING TIP: For a different taste treat substitute coconut using either of the following: nutmeg, orange, pineapple, apple chunks, pecans,walnuts, or raisins.