Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

February 19, 2011

Daddy....or chips?

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Do you remember the ad where the little girl keeps saying, "Daddy or chips, Daddy, or chips...?" I'm not sure which brand of chips it was for, or whether Daddy won, but I remember it anyway.

And did you know that it is National Chip Week in the UK this week? National *what* you say? National 'Chip' Week. I know - me neither - but there is an entire website dedicated to it with lots of photos and 'chip' facts and that bloke who got kicked out of the last series of The X Factor quite early on has something to do with it as well. Anyway, you can check it out in all its 'chippy' glory right here.

The reason I'm writing about chips (which, let's be honest, is a bit of a strange topic) is mainly because I was recently asked to review the new Tefal Actifry. This is a new kitchen gadget which claims to allow you to make 'guilt-free' chips with just 3% fat content. I will admit I was sceptical - we're not really a 'chip' household and of course I never fry anything (ahem), but was intrigued to see if this new machine really can produce home-made chips in just one small spoonful of oil.

It can!

And do you know what, they actually weren't bad chips either. Not quite the same calibre as a proper chip shop chip, but certainly as good as the oven chips I would usually cook. And I have to say, that it's nice to be able to produce chips without setting off the smoke alarm. Or is that just me?

The Tefal Actify works on a timer, so you literally just put your chipped spuds in, add the tiny amount of oil required and leave it to cook away while you do a million and one other things. It can also cook a whole range of other things, including chicken, stir fry, sausages and scampi.

Available from Lakeland and John Lewis as well as other electrical retailers, the Tefal Actifry retails at - brace yourselves - £199. Personally, I think this is a lot of money to spend on a kitchen gadget, but if you're into gadgets, and could see yourself using this regularly, then it's probably going to be a good investment in the longer term. Everyone loves chips, let's face it, so the Actifry seems like a reasonable way to give your kids a treat, without the deep-frying.

One last thought. Daddy or chips? It's a tough one isn't it?



  1. Hi hotcrossmum

    Given that chips are highly popular in my house (much more than I would like them to be) I will certainly be checking out the Tefal Actifry.

  2. Chips everytime. My Mum has an actifry - my only reservation is that I think I would end up making way too many chips and putting on a shedload of weight even tho they're low fat!

  3. Can't I have Daddy AND chips?

  4. That's expensive! I couldn't justify spending that much just for making chips, even if they are nice!


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