French fries :
Many Americans attribute the dish to France
— although in France they are almost exclusively thought of as Belgian —
"French" fries are in fact Belgian, but definitive evidence for the origin is difficult to present.
Belgian historian Jo Gerard recounts that potatoes were already fried in 1680 in the Spanish Netherlands in the area of the Meuse valley between Dinant and Liège, Belgium.
The poor inhabitants of this region allegedly had the custom of accompanying their meals with small fried fish, but when the river was frozen and they were unable to fish, they cut potatoes lengthwise and fried them in oil to accompany their meals."
Chips : In the British Isles
are, contrarely to the “frites” thickly cut strips of potatoes.
They are fried only once, whereas the Belgian way of cooking “frites” is in two stages – first pre-fried at 160°C, second time fried at 180*C.
I think chips are totally different from “frites”, but I like them just as well.
I actually LOVE fish and chips !
What’s in a name ?
On March 11, 2003 the cafeteria menus in the three United States House of Representatives office buildings changed the name of "french fries" to "freedom fries" in a culinary rebuke of France stemming from anger over the country's opposition to the U.S. position on Iraq.
If you’re in the neighbourhood ...
I make THE BEST FRIES EVER !!!