The 13th of July is French Fries Day.
The day celebrates thin batons of potato that have been fried in a liquid fat, making them crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside.
What do you call them? “French Fries”, “French-Fried Potatoes”, or just “Fries”?
And do you think “French Fries” are the same as what the English call “Chips” as in Fish and Chips, or would you definitely put each in a different category?
Do you like your fries plain, or with a coating? With the potato peel left on, or off?
Do you like special shapes, such as waffle, curled or crinkled?
Have you ever tried Air Fries, made in a Hot Air Fryer? What do you think of them? Do you think that Air Fries and oven fries count as real French fries, absent the hot boiling oil?
What the Americans call chips are completely different from what the British call chips.
French fries actually seem to have originated in Belgium, where the art of proper French fries is practically a religious sacrament.
What do you like your French fries with?
- American style, with ketchup;
- Belgian style with mayonnaise;
- English style, with salt and malt vinegar;
- Quebec style, with gravy and cheese.
- Scottish style, with gravy or chippie sauce.
Sweet potato fries may seem to promise to be healthier, but let’s not kid ourselves: no dietitian is going them a green-light nod after they hit that hot vat of oil. But still, they are delicious!
Activities for today
- Check apps for deals, either freebies, discounts, size upgrades or even bottomless fries;
- Make some fries at home: oven fries, air fries, or deep-fat fryer fries;
- If you make fries at home, try with a seasoning or dip that you haven’t tried before;
- Go out with friends for a meal and enjoy some fries.
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