Celebrating the humble chip fork

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Chip forks at the ready

 

And that’s about as close as this post is going to get to fish and chips!

But one of the great things about my blog is that the subject of great gifts for lovers of food gives me plenty of scope. And this one just appealed to me.

 

Chip fork pink

 

I love a good scarf, and I love a good portion of chips at the seaside, complete with the the little wooden fork. And so this design just really tickled me.

 

chip fork detail

 

Now, it’s a fantasy purchase from the scarf room at Liberty, one of my favourite places to window shop in a shop, but if you’ve got a significant event to buy for, or just bigger budgets than me, then it’s a great piece for someone to keep.

In the meantime I’ll hope the design comes out on a postcard!

 

Chips photo by Iain Tait on Flickr.

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What food and events say August to me

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The anniversary of starting this blog always passes me by, as June must always be a bit hectic. It’s hard to think that it’s been four years (and a bit) now, which is a lot of food and gifts later, but still so much to try!

 

Chips with everything - because even food lovers are allowed to love chips

 

What has this day offered up before then, as there have been other entries on this day historically in the life of the blog. In its first year, it was all about chips. Good chips to celebrate the anniversary of the first deep fried chip courtesy of one George Crumm. There’s still no deep fryer in this house, although there was, for a while. I didn’t argue about that one leaving.

In 2010, it was wild weekends occupying my mind, in particular a weekend at the Really Wild Food & Countryside Festival. It still appears to be going 4 years later, but in 2014 will be in May. From foraging walks to cooking demos with plenty of food shopping possibilities, it still sounds like a great festival, especially as St Davids is so beautiful. It also has lovely B&Bs and hotels. Places that have proper beds and running water.

 

What I'm Afraid It'll Feel Like! - how does it feel to camp as a food lover

 

Which leads me to 2011, when I was having a panic about camping having booked to go to Harvest at Jimmy’s. Brilliant festival, still loathe camping. Puts me off doing other festivals until I can afford a caravan! There was no rerun last year, on the basis of it being the year of the Olympics, but then it doesn’t seem to be happening this year either. Shame, it was great. I think the Big Feastival is sort of a revamp (given there were two Harvests with one being at Alex James’ place) though this is a Jamie Oliver thing. Who stalked me all weekend at Jimmy’s, every corner I went round, there he was.

 

Cookies for some of the freshest seafood on the North Norfolk coast

 

Then last year I didn’t write on this day. My excuse was I was far too busy enjoying myself in North Norfolk. Which according to yesterday’s Telegraph is now the summer home of the “literati”. I’m not sure they meant me and my blog.

Enough of the nostalgia, onwards and upwards! New foods, new gifts, new recipes, new events, new places to eat, all waiting to be discovered. Can’t wait!

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In celebration of chips

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Chips with everything

 

Apparently, yesterday was the birthday of the deep fried chip. Yes, on 24 August 1853 one George Crumm made the world’s first deep-fried chips. There is no record as to whether he tried a Mars bar on the 25th, but for chips we thank him, even if our waistlines don’t.

Now, I’m a bit of a wuss, and have never made chips at home. I do remember the days of the chip pan, not to mention the ads on how to deal with a chip pan fire. The advent of the oven chip has seen the chip pan largely disappear from homes, and with the diet police taking a dim view on fried foods it’s no wonder that not many of us bother.

But when you go somewhere and get really good chips, then they are a thing of joy and do make you think about what you could achieve at home. I could be tempted by the very dinky compact deep fat fryer that Lakeland have, and I’d be looking for some great potatoes to try with it. If you want to try some varieties you won’t see in Sainsburys, then check out Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes. Can you imagine blue chips? Well, if you buy the Salad Blue, you could serve them up at home! Love to see the kids faces!

So, I think in honour of Mr Crumm, we could all indulge, just this once, in celebration. But if you’re going to have chips, make them good ones!

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