February 26, 2007

Things Just Keep Getting Easier and Easier

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Jihva for Ingredients is being hosted this month by Happy Burp. Jihvā is the Sanskrit word for taste, desire and deep longing. Italso represents tongue and taste buds. Jihvā for Ingredients was started by Indira of Mahanandi who believes that for Jihvā to happen, it’s all in the ingredients and how they are cooked. Each month a new ingredient is selected and that ingredient is celebrated as well as what it can do for our Jihvā. This month the ingredient is potatoes.


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I wasn’t sure how I was going to highlight potatoes until I saw this article on Slashfood about making potato chips in the microwave. I was somewhat skeptical, but thought I should try it so that I could prove them wrong. If you could make chips in the microwave, I should have known about it. Well after a little testing it has become clear to me that someone forgot to send me the memo that chips were so easy to make. I discovered this by following the Slashfood link to Nic’s blog, Bakingsheet to see how she made her chips as she claimed they were quite good. It was super easy too, all you do is slice your potato, salt it, lay the slices in a single layer on a dish and microwave for about 4-6 minutes. Presto- chips! As an added bonus you can flavour the chips any way you’d like. Or at least with whatever spices you’d like, I’ll have to experiment with some other flavours to see what works and what doesn’t.


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Eventually I’d like to recreate my favourite chips, Kettle Brand Chips’ Spicy Thai. I love it. It’s gingery and sweet and salty all in one, and it’s fantastic. I wanted to start off with something a little easier though, so I sliced the potatoes on my mandoline and then sprinkled them with salt, sugar, paprika and cumin. That’s the same mix I use on popcorn and I really like it. I was shocked when I pulled the potato slices out of the microwave and they were actually crispy! I had made chips in 5 minutes, without any oil and very little effort. As far as I’m concerned, this is important information that every chip addict should know. I’m no longer at the mercy of the corner store for chips and you don’t have to be either!



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20 comments:

K & S said...

OMG! This is brilliant!
Although, I don't have a microwave oven, I wonder if I could bake these instead?

rob said...

Damn, that's pretty cool. I'll have to try that some time. Is there any appreciable difference in taste? Don't suppose you know how to recreate all dressed flavouring?

Ellie said...

Dangnammit woman! Reading this has made me want a mandolin even more - not that my newly unemployed self can afford one!

Lydia said...

Finally, a justification for the mandoline I bought a couple of years ago that mostly sits in the cupboard....

Angie said...

Woah! I could just munch on them non-stop :p

Gattina said...

I rub my eyes again and again, sooooo pretty as home-made; actually look even better that Lay's!!!
All the new flavors (to me) sound terrific!

joey said...

That is so amazing! Those chips look really pro! :)

Laurie said...

Time to get the mandoline out and try these chips I have been reading about on all the blogs, they look really good and I want to experiment with the spices as well for different flavorings, and I am going to try using my silpat when cooking these with no oil. Thanks for the inspiration to finally give them a try!

wheresmymind said...

I've seen recipes like this, but I've been super wary...now I guess I'll just HAVE to try it ;)

deinin said...

That's it, forget the KitchenAid, I want a mandoline! Seriously, how fabulous is that? SO VERY FABULOUS.

Freya said...

I am astounded that a microwave doesn't turn the potatoes to mush. Now I just need to get a microwave (or use the less space-agey oven) I guess!

carrie said...

Awesome...totally and completely awesome. These are popping up all over. I'm gonna try me some tonight, with sweet potatoes and curry seasoning.

Kristen said...

Those look incredible. Soooo good!

Shawnda said...

How interesting! I gotta give that a try.

ilva said...

Great! For once I'm sorry that I don't have a microwave...

Pepper said...

I love microwave potato chips (also learned them from Nic) and no longer have a microwave, sigh! As for taste, they are really good fresh but get tough and stale if they sit.

Madam Chow said...

Oh, no, not another way to easily ingest my favorite starch!

Chandrika said...

That's such a cool idea! A very good entry to JFI!

Vanessa said...

wait. what? I didn't get that memo either! homemade salt and vinegar chips here I come! yours look so beautiful, I'm inspired.

Lis said...

Holy crap! Who knew?? I'm all over these :D