“Where did they get this from?” is one question that keeps niggling me every time I see my kids hop animatedly at the sight of a McDonalds or a Burger King. They aren’t fans of burgers, mind you. It is the French fries that make them drool. A quick stop at any of these joints can buy us hours of shopping time and peace. Like Joey, they don’t share food (only when it is French Fries, you can happily have their vegetables). This post, in essence, has been written on their special request. 🙂
French fries need no introduction. These golden coloured yummylicious deep-fried potato strips are made from fresh or frozen potatoes. They’re called by different names and made in different ways in European countries like France, UK and Spain. There is an ongoing debate about how French these fries really are but minuscule matters like this don’t concern their ardent lovers. Fast food chains from the United States have popularised them in their current form. They’re all the rage amongst kids and adults alike.
I sometimes feel tad envious of the exposure and opportunity kids from bigger cities got which we didn’t at our age. My family was a complete foodie and we pampered our taste buds often with our preferred dhaba food. I was a nerd when it came to being familiar with famous fast food chains or even coffee shops though. We had none of them in our city much until I was in college. Doordarshan didn’t telecast any such commercials either. For my kids, well, it’s an entirely different story.
I had taken A Jr for a blog meet when he was around 2. All of my blogger friends were amazed when they saw this adorable non-fussy toddler sit on a high chair and munch on carrots and tomatoes. “Such a rare healthy-eating boy!” they chimed admiringly. My mom-heart swelled with pride and I silently patted myself on my back for his appreciable eating habits. Alas, this happiness was short-lived. 🙁
When he was younger, I always fed him beforehand or carried his tiffin with us when we ate out. As he grew up though his inclination for all things unhealthy *rolling eyes* notably soared. McDonald’s have an astute marketing strategy of giving away fancy merchandise. This is how A Jr got introduced to it too. I cajoled and rebuffed him initially but had to give in to his demands eventually. We ordered French fries or garlic bread for him after I extracted a promise that he’ll finish his meals at home without cribbing.
Both of them are east and west in most respects but when it comes to French fries, A Jr and Angel always look the same way. They gang up instantly and even take initiative for waiting in long queues to get their mouthful. The heart wants what the heart wants after all! Within moments they’re also ready to rip each other off over that small satchet of ketchup given alongwith. I can understand favourites but this is borderline madness. *head-palm*
French fries are now available with a huge variety of creamy toppings like cheesy mayonnaise and flavours like Peri Peri. I’ve also seen them used as toppings on pizzas. Sizzlers taste best with a generous helping of French fries on the side. Did you ever imagine that fried potato could go through so much innovation? 😀
Do you gorge on French fries too? Would you like their original flavour or prefer to try them with toppings? Do let me know. 🙂
This post is written for #BlogchatterA2Z and #AtoZChallenge for April 2019