In another snapshot published in this issue, Joel Robertson-Taylor has the audacity to call fries edible sauce spoons. Not only is this a blatant lie, as fries are in no way suitable for use as spoons (ever tried to eat a bowl of Shreddies with them?), they are a magical, delicious food that needs no assistance in pleasing the palate. While some individuals may feel that ketchup or other condiments may enhance the flavour of the humble fry, it is by no means a requirement. The natural potato taste that permeates a plate of plain fries (plain, sweet potato, or otherwise) is all that’s needed to satisfy and even excite the senses.
In fact, the same can be said for any potato dish. Mashed potatoes? Maybe corn or something helps break up the texture, but gravy is superfluous. Baked potato? Awesome, just dig right in. Potatoes are little brown lumps of delight, and while they can be used in conjunction with other foods for a culinary creation that surpasses the sum of its parts, consider just eating your favourite potato dish plain next time. It’s still pretty good.
Illustration: Amara Gelaude