I had a boyfriend once who could make chips.  Proper chips.  Like you would have here in the UK from a fish and chip shop.  I was always VERY impressed by this.  I have never, ever made chips.  Not even oven chips.  Until now.  Who knew it was so easy to do?  I’m guessing that you could do the same thing with a good old King Edward potato.  It’s yet another cooking revelation for me, all thanks to an old movie star!

nan grey

Super simple to do, as these were just for me, I just used one sweet potato…  Quite a big ‘un though…


Chop ’em up.


Bake them in the oven with oil and salt


Sprinkle on some cinnamon (?!) and scoff.

I had these with some of William Shatner’s Steak Picado that I found in the frozen archives – it was a SUPER spinster dinner!

I’m on my holidays at the moment on beautiful Mersea Island


…so I don’t have the recipe handy.  I’ll try and remember to come back and post it here.  But if I forget, and you would like it, get in touch via the Contact page and I’ll send it over.

I am eating lots of delicious things and have been to one of my very favourite places to eat in the whole world – The Company Shed…


Nan Grey’s Shoestring Sweet Potatoes 

3 medium-size sweet potatoes

3/4 cup/75g shortening

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F / 260 degrees C / gas mark 10

Wash and peel the potatoes. Slice the, lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch widths.  Melt shortening in a roasting tin.  When it’s hot enough to brown a 1-inch cube of bread in 30 seconds, add the potatoes.  Sprinkle with salt.  Brown the potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes, turning frequently, in the oven.  Remove from oven; drain off shortening; and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Return to the oven for 1 to 2 minutes to glaze.

Serves 6.

Nice exercise bike Nan!  I think I’ll need to set my one up when I get back from this very indulgent eating and drinking holiday…


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