God’s gift to mankind was the potato. I know I claimed here a few months ago that God’s gift to mankind was buffalo mozzarella, but I should specify that that was Catholic God’s gift to the world. The Protestants have a God too, and his gift to the world is most decidedly the potato.
You see, Catholic God, he’s a bit of an extravagant type: enjoys a party, is a secret alcoholic, decorates his house with all kinds of art, regardless of whether it really suits him. However, Protestant God is a severe one and he doesn’t appreciate such lasciviousness. He sticks to his word, hardly ever parties (and when he does, he won’t touch the booze and he leaves before midnight). If you had a meeting with both Gods on a Sunday morning, Protestant God would certainly be there on time, looking sharp as a goddamn razor, whereas Catholic God would stumble in 1,5 hours late, in yesterday’s clothes, with a distinct smell of booze surrounding him.
So it’s no wonder that the latter came out with something as delicious and luxurious as buffalo mozzarella, whereas Protestant God settled for something useful. The potato exists in loads of different variations, goes well with everything, you can prepare it in myriad ways and, did you know, it grows successfully on all the continents? Yes sir, the potato is the only crop in this world that is used on every single continent of this planet! (Yeah, all right, not Antarctica. Every continent that is lived on by people, then.)
This thing was obviously granted to us for a reason. So here’s an ode then, to the most useful of foods, the most delicious of crops! The potato in its bare, naked glory: oven baked potato chips!
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Peel as many potatoes as you like and slice them into wedges and chip-shaped bits, use your imagination. Blanche them in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes (and not a minute longer!), drain well. Put them on an oven tray, sprinkle some sun flower oil over. Then season with salt, pepper and anything you like, really. The ones in the picture are with sage which I think is quite tasty (especially if you’re also making swede chips at the same time!). Otherwise you could add paprika, cajun spices, rosemary, or anything.