When the chips are down …eat chips

The facts of life are that we all pay taxes, die and love chips; the last point is certainly my own observation but one I would challenge anyone to disprove.

There is something really comforting about eating chips, sprinkled with plain old salt and vinegar they are my preferred choice of side dish or as a snack at the end of a bleary night out.

Home Made Chips

Home Made Chips

At the risk of sounding like a promotions doll I use an Actify – which is basically a fryer with minimal grease – and all you need is one spoonful of oil to produce homemade chips.

If you don’t have the aforementioned fryer these chips are just as tasty baked in the oven – the secret is to cook until they are crispy.

Ingredients (serves two)

  • 4-6 potatoes peeled
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
  • Actify – 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • To bake – 1 tablespoon of olive oil


  • Cut the potatoes into thick chunks.
  • Put the chips into a bowl of cold water and soak for 10 minutes to remove excess starch.
  • Drain and dry the chips and coat well with the salt, pepper and paprika.
  • To make chips in an Actifry cover with the vegetable oil and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until crisp.
  • To bake pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the chips on a baking tray and sprinkle with the olive oil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy as an accompaniment to your favourite dish with a good sprinkle of salt and vinegar.


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