Chips, Frites, Pommes Frites, French Fries…….
National Chip Week
Crispy Squashed Chips
CHIPS! Who doesn’t love them! I am a BIG chip fan, and my favourite snack or supper dish is a chip butty – home-made chips between two slices of bread with salt and vinegar, the king of all sandwiches. The first “chips” were in actual fact pieces of bread which were replaced with potatoes during wheat shortages. The first “chippies”, a colloquial slang term for a Fish and Chip shop, were Lees’s in Mosley, Lancashire, and Malin’s in London’s East End – they both opened for trade during the 1860’s. And, did you know that during the Second World War, the minister of food wouldn’t ration fish and chips because they provided good, cheap nourishment.
Which brings me onto National Chip Week which runs between the 20th and 26th of February. I am all for promoting National Chip week and British potatoes, they make a wonderful meal and don’t have to be deep fried if you are watching your weight. I particularly liked the Love Potatoes website’s recipe ideas, they are suggesting chip recipes through the decades and there were some great serving ideas such as:
Other chip recipe and serving ideas were: Sixties Scampi and Chips with Homemade Salad Cream: A twist on a pub classic. If you want to go totally retro, serve the scampi in a basket; Nineties Homemade Chunky Chips with Roasted Tomatoes and Pepper Sauce: A cool 90’s classic, this will get your guests mouths-watering, and if you don’t want to share, it is a perfect snack when tucked up at home watching your favourite movie! And Noughties Posh Fish Finger Sandwich with Rocket Mayo Dip and Jenga Chips: These fish fingers give the childhood favourite a modern makeover.
The Choice Chip Awards
Here are the results of the Choice Chip Awards:
Peter’s Fish Factories, Ramsgate has won the ‘Best Chippy Chips’ and ‘The Three Tuns’ Sittingbourne has won the ‘Best Pub/Restaurant Chips’ categories in the Choice Chip Awards for Chip Week 2012. Congratulations to you both.
Other winners include:
Scotland: Moores Chip Shop, Castle Douglas
Wales: Trecenydd Fish Bar, Caerphilly
North East: Smith Chippy, South Shields
North West: Holly Tree Fish & Chips, Blackburn
The Midlands: Chamberlains, Oldbury
East of England: The Burton Road Fish & Chips Takeaway & Restaurant
South East: Peter’s Fish Factories, Ramsgate
London: Fish Bone, Cleveland Street
Back to my chips! I LOVE these chips, they are crispy squashed chips, which is achieved by squeezing them all in a pan and moving them around whilst they are cooking! NOT conventional I know, but that way you get those gorgeous little crispy bits……..the best way of frying them is in a shallow frying pan and just push them all in! I love these chips with a fried egg for a simple supper. That’s all the chip news for today, I will be back tomorrow with my usual Fish on Friday post, see you then, Karen