Less than two weeks ago, we tried the Doctor’s Banana Daiquiris. Today we’re going to get to know his beloved (yes, beLOVED, and you will never convince me otherwise…) companion, Rose Tyler. Rose Tyler is a girl from the estates who makes the Doctor better after he’s had to do awful things to end a war that would destroy the universe. In a questionable move, the Doctor takes Rose to see the end of the Earth as her first trip in the TARDIS. Nothing says, “I might be kind of into you” like taking a girl to see a sun supernova and roast her home planet. Of course, by the end of the episode, he’s telling her that his planet is gone and we get it. He’s trying to show her how he feels. Still a questionable move, but it works on our Rose and the two head off to a London chippy to end their first date. Don’t argue with me on whether or not this was a date. The tenth Doctor calls it their first date a year later on New Earth (well, he doesn’t deny it when she calls it a date.) My ship is canon. If that sentence doesn’t make sense to you, congratulations. You do not know the heartbreak of fandom. I sometimes miss being that innocent and never crying over fictional characters…
But, I digress. I’m supposed to be talking about chips. French fries to us yanks. These are actually quite easy to make at home and they will taste so much better than frozen. I baked mine because it’s way less messy than frying. I took 3 russet potatoes and cut them into wedges. They got soaked in cool water for about an hour. This reduces the starch and makes crispier fries. After their bath, I patted them dry, tossed them in olive oil, and baked them on a baking sheet for about 45 minutes at 400°. After 45 minutes, I stirred the chips and upped the temp to 450° for the last 15 minutes or so. This helps crisp those babies right up. When they’re done to your desired brownness, sprinkle with coarse salt and dip in your choice of sauce.
Wait? Choice of sauce? What is this madness, you’re asking. You are asking; aren’t you? Good. While ketchup is #1 here in the colonies, Brits have other options. One is vinegar. A little sprinkle on hot chips is pretty delicious. Another choice is HP sauce. It’s sort of ketchuppy, but also not. It’s less sweet, more sour than American ketchup. The option that really intrigued me, though, was curry sauce. It contains curry powder, which seems to be the only thing that connects it to actual Indian cuisine. Since I was intrigued, I went looking for recipes and ended up trying Chip Shop Curry Sauce by Becca at Amuse Your Bouche. It turns out that my household was split along gender lines with D-Man and J-Man preferring the HP (J-Man described it as, “weird, but a good weird”) and me preferring the curry sauce. H-Man abstained, informing me that he doesn’t like french fries. (Five year olds…Amirite?) When it comes down to the sauce nitty-gritty, though, my favorite is still spicy ketchup from that American Institution™, Tony Packo’s. It’s been mentioned on M*A*S*H after all. If Jamie Farr loves it, that’s good enough for me.
However you choose to top them, crispy chips/fries are a comfort food perfect for any time of day. Grab some with your favorite companion as soon as possible (no time machine required!)
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