When I first moved to Australia, it seemed to me that Australians ate some rather strange things. There was that strange, incredibly salty, unappetisingly-coloured spread called Vegemite. Then there was the funny powder they sprinked over their French fries called ‘chicken salt’. Huh?
So when I was first introduced to deep-fried potato wedges dipped in an unlikely combination of sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, my first reaction was another, “What?” But after the first bite of piping-hot potato chip contrasted with the tart flavour of sour cream and tangy chilli, I was immediately hooked.
I soon learnt there’s nothing more comforting on a cold winter’s night than a bowl of hot potato wedges. Mmm, carbs. Better still, the supermarkets’ freezer section stocked bags of the stuff, ready to be heated up in the oven.
Unfortunately I found the frozen wedges a bit pricey as I was living in near-poverty as a university student. Besides, I reasoned, I shouldn’t be paying that much for sliced potatoes mixed with some flavouring and spices. But what do you do when you need to feed a new-found food addiction?
You get creative. As the saying goes, Necessity is the mother of Invention. Or in my case, re-invention.
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