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Where can we get Cork’s best chip?

Wednesday, 4th October, 2017 5:48pm

The other day I received a ‘Dear Agony Aunt’ letter from my friend Sally who had just returned from a two weeks holiday in Rome, her birthplace.

After arriving in Dublin (no flight from or to Cork), she and her small family made their way to home to Cork. Her child (four years old) started to get a bit hangry, as you can only be if you are four years old or you are of similar statute as Mr T (boy, he can get hangry).

Anyway, the situation called for an emergency stop near Mitchelstown. The expectations weren’t high to begin with but after a two week stay in Rome, she was nevertheless shocked to get Smash instead of the mash that she actually ordered for the hangry little fella.

The night before, she was sitting in front of a Rome restaurant enjoying linguine with lobster and other delights for around €40. The same amount was paid here for instant mash (other items were sausages, fish etc).

After reading the letter, I could feel her pain when she pointed out that we should at least know how to cook potatoes into roasties, mash and chips. But yet, guests are treated to frozen and instant substitutes.

I gave her all my empathy and offered a list of proper food places for future emergencies. As a good agony aunt, I listened (or read in this case), showed empathy and gave advice.

Hopefully, Sally will recover from the shock soon. Her experience, though, got me thinking, do we treat the humble spud with enough respect?

And why do food places replace a simple ingredient with lesser quality? Chips – how hard is it to get good chips? I remember my dad getting a gadget at home that cut a potato into equal sizes, which were then deep-fried and resulted in delicious chips which he let go cold to use the next day for his chip-butties (he even counted them, so that I was discouraged to snap one – my innocent face the next morning didn’t really fool him).

Where can one get the best chips in Cork? Please let me know!

On another note; the annual IndieCork Film Feast is taking place on Thursday 12 October and this year, we have a major change planned.

The evening will be Italian themed with the beautiful film ‘Big Night’ and some tasty canapés.

So, what is the major change? I will be doing the cooking – oh gosh, what did I let myself in for. Head over to Bia Sásta or IndieCork Facebook Page to book your tickets.

And talking about food events (what else would I be talking about?), don’t forget this weekend’s Cork Food Policy Council Harvest Festival. The highlight should be the event in FitzGerald’s Park on Sunday when the group will provide a feast for 500 people with food donated by community gardens (and supplemented with some other judicious corporate donations!). But there are other events happening as well including some great private initiatives, so check out the Cork Food Policy Council Facebook page for more details.


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