15:02 17 February 2010
To celebrate National Chip Week why not indulge in some fun facts and a brilliant recipe that shows just how versatile and tasty potatoes can be?
Did you know that the fish and chip shop market is worth £1.2bn? This means that every £1 of every £100 spent on food is spent in a fish and chip shop
One out of every four British potatoes are made into chips thats approximately 1.5 million tonnes/year
As a nation we just love our chips and 10% of the entire British potato crop is needed to supply all the fish and chip shops across the country
Fish and Chips are booming in the recession. From March to November 2008, there were more than 548 million visits to fish and chip shops up 5 per cent from 523 million in 2007
Whats in a chip
The whole nation may be celebrating chips during National Chip Week on 15-21 February 2010, but have you ever wondered whats in a chip?
A 165g portion of oven chips provides more than nine times the amount of vitamin C than a slice of pizza. Thats a third of the Recommended Daily Allowance
One oven chip has 8 calories
A 165g portion of oven chips contains 267 kcals and 3g of saturated fat
For a fast and fabulous midweek meal remember a 165g serving of oven chips with three fish fingers contains just one third of the saturated fat found in a serving of lasagne
When Michelle Obama took a 2-day break in London, she treated her daughters to a fish supper in a London pub
A portion of chip shop chips contains less fat that a prawn mayonnaise sandwich
A portion of takeaway fish and chips contains just 60% of the calories found in sweet and sour chicken, egg fried rice and a portion of vegetable spring rolls
Chicken Tikka Masala, pilau rice and a plain naan have 17% more fat that a portion of fish and chips
Each 1kg bag of oven chips is, on average, made from a weighty 16 medium sizes potatoes
A portion of oven chips contains less than 5% fat
Top Chip Tips
Cut chips chunky - because thick chips absorb less oil than thin ones
For speedy low fat oven chips cut unpeeled potatoes into chunky wedges, brush with oil and cook in the oven at 200 C, Gas 6 until golden brown
For a light and fluffy chip choose a floury variety like Maris Piper the chippies favourite potato. But in fact chips can be made from almost any variety of potato
Check out this brilliant, Linda McCartney-inspired, recipe!
WASABI PEA FRITTERS Inspired by Linda McCartney (makes approximately 20 fritters)
For the thick batter:
© Copyright Linda McCartney 1998 & °Cordon Vert 2009. The Wasabi Pea Fritter recipe features in the Cordon Verts Inspired by Linda McCartney course. The course features recipes inspired and from Lindas recipe books.
For more sensational recipes visit the Vegetarian Society website at www.vegsoc.org
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