Living the good life



Needs More Dude

‘Dude, you’re being very un-Dude’

I’m starting to see more and more of these movies ‘in 5 seconds’ clips.

Cuzzy first brought them to my attention and here is my favourite:

(Definitely worth watching the whole movie though.)

Fry Linguistics 101


When in Rome…say ‘patatine fritte’

Learn how to say ‘french fries’ in other languages at Belgianfries.com

There is also a recipe there for cooking fries the Belgian way.

From the Alamagordo Daily News:

The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of frozen potato products,vandelay.jpg accounting for more than half of world trade in the tuber.

They aren’t going to the United States, which exports more potatoes than it imports. The Dutch frozen potatoes are in demand from American fast food chains in Europe.

But in America, frozen fries are being imported from Canada, “due to lower cost of production and lower tariffs and the exchange rate.”

We’ve moved from eating potatoes boiled and mashed to eating processed potatoes. Now, Aguayo said, only 28 percent of the total crop is sold as fresh table stock.

“In 1959 only 19 percent of the crop was processed,” she stated. “In 1997, 61 percent of the processed potatoes were frozen, mostly as fries.”

I’m creating a brand new category for this post and I’m calling it:
What the F#@k?!’

Apparently when the Chinese aren’t too busy sending missiles into space to destroy satellites/create space debris they do like to mutate the occasional vegetable seed with cosmic radiation. One of these seed mutating missions brought back a potato seed from space that has been successfully grown to produce a purple potato.

I shit you not.

crazy-purple-spuds.pngFrom fitsugar.com:

Apparently they are all the rage in Shanghai. Slightly sweet and purple in color, they are known as the Purple Orchid Three.

The Chinese space program claims that they have produced other fruits and veggies from other seeds that have been exposed to radiation, capsule pressure, and weightlessness.

From yumsugar.com

Last year China’s second manned space mission (shown during take off) included many plant experiments. During the five day flight, some onboard sweet potato seeds mutated. When they returned to Earth they were planted on the beaches of southern Hainan Island. The end result? A purple potato (dubbed “Purple Orchid III”) that tastes and smells the same as its Earth brethren, but is more “glutinous.”

Want more? Here’s a CNN article.

I tend to agree with the author of the yumsugar article who says this all sounds a little bit too much like ‘the plot to a rather bad B horror film’. A better name for this potato might be “Purple Orchid III: The Reckoning”.

Thanks AndyP for the heads up on this.

While I’m going to keep right on eating french fries despite their alleged health risks, I feel it my duty to keep the more health conscious reader(s) abreast of the latest research on the healthification of french fries. I’ve posted about acrylamide in fries before, you may remember it from such posts as:
Acrylamide…delicious but deadly.

Well the latest research, by a Chinese team, has shown that…

Soaking potato pieces in a bamboo extract prior to cooking can limit the development of acrylamide—a potential carcinogen—in french fries.

That’s all well and good, but I think Confucius was onto something when he said ‘Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without’ and…’man who go to bed with itchy butt wake up with smelly fingers‘.