Chips are one of life’s undeniable pleasures. I’m well aware that it’s the time of year that calorie counting goes out of the window, and embracing the fact that you’ll gain a few extra pounds is par for the course, but what I’m about to tell you will allow you to stock up a few extra calories to redistribute elsewhere.
A few weeks back, I was sent some olive oil to try from Candiasoil, a company that produces luxury olive oil in Crete, and I couldn’t think of a better way to try out their products than making my homemade chips. And before you think I’ve gone crazy and used some fantastic olives oil in the deep fat fryer, these chips are baked, not fried, but still taste deliciously crunchy. Pop a homemade burger on the side and you’d be hard pressed to know the difference.
Oregano and olive oil chips
- 6 large potatoes
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs of dried oregano
- 6 cloves of garlic
- Salt and pepper
- Heat the oven to 200c. Wash the potatoes thoroughly and chop into chip-sized pieces.
- Put your potatoes into a roasting tin and cover with the olive oil and herbs. Shake thoroughly to make sure all the chips get covered in the oil and then season with salt and pepper. Throw in the garlic cloves with their skins on
- Cook for 45 minutes in total. Within the cooking time, take the chips out twice and give them a good shake. Remove the garlic cloves and serve.
These chips are really tasty without being anywhere near as sinful as the fried variety. And Candiasoil olive oil is delicious. Both of the varieties we tried were made from Koroneiki olives, with the Peza variety being more fruity, and the Viannos olive oil having more peppery notes. Both oils are versatile and I use them regularly in cooking and dressings. If you’d like to give it a try, both these varieties of Candiasoil are available in Tesco.
Rather than do one big wish list of all the Christmas items I’ve put on my Santa list, I’ll be sharing a couple of my Christmas covets each week from now until three weeks today, when hopefully a couple of them will be sitting under my tree.
The first item to make it onto my Christmas covets list is the Ruark Audio R7 high fidelity radiogram. I’d choose music over TV any day, and I couldn’t think of anything better, or more pretty, to play my festive tunes whilst I cook Christmas dinner. The music quality teamed with the fact that it is darn stylish make it an essential item for my covet list. I hope Santa is listening!
Now that 01 December is but a few days away, it’s totally acceptable to start listening to Christmas songs, gorging on mince pies and consuming as much mulled wine as is socially acceptable before it disappears for another 11 months. The other thing that gets me really excited is the thought of decorating my house. I always do this on 01 December, and it’s really a licence for me to play Christmas songs, drink the aforementioned mulled beverage and generally be annoyingly cheerful.
What I’d initially planned for this blog post went out of the window when I saw this image on the Country Living website. I intended to dazzle you all with inspiring shots of as many different ways to bring your Christmas tree to life as possible; we’re talking colour schemes, DIY decorations, fairy lights – there was even tinsel. But then I saw this, and came to the conclusion that no other images would top it. If I could spend Christmas in a room, it would be this room. I can imagine how much sweeter my wine would taste, how much cosier I would be by that fire, and generally, how much more Christmas cheer would evaporate from my pores. But, alas, I will need to live without the roaring fire, the exposed brick work and perfectly wrapped gifts. On that note, I think I need another glass of wine.
1 Pay a visit to Panda & Sons. This fantastic new speakeasy in Edinburgh has a fantastic cocktail list and is pretty stylish inside too.
2 Get ready for Stir-up Sunday. If you’re making your own Christmas pudding, 24 November is the day for you to gather your supplies and get stirring.
3 Check out all of the awesome things going on for Edinburgh’s Christmas. I can’t wait to have a go on the star flyer and adorn myself in sequins for a night of dancing at Hot Dub Time Machine.
4 Browse Rockett St George. Its Christmas decorations are to die for, not to mention its homewares.
5 Start making your Christmas wish lists. How will Santa know what to get you if you don’t write it down?